Life is full of stress-producers. It may seem at first glance that all sources of stress are external and we have no control over them. But as I have learned, the way we react to certain situations can determine the level of impact that these external factors have on our minds and bodies. For example, let’s say you are driving to an important meeting and you have just hit major traffic. What is the most productive, healthy reaction to the traffic, that will reduce your stress level and leave you relaxed and clear-headed for your meeting? Mindfulness – conscious breathing and thinking is the key. Need help getting started? Try this mindfulness meditation exercise, “A Quick Guided Meditation For Kindness and Self-Compassion”.