Since we know that a certain amount of stress is good for us — and that some stress is inevitable — we shouldn’t add insult to injury. For instance; if you get into heated conversations about religion or politics (that would be me), avoid hot-button topics during times of stress. Most stress is caused by outside forces. Don’t add to your natural aggravation by allowing yourself to be drawn into stress dead-ends. You can still debate, but do it when things are less stressed. Instead, watch comedy on TV; listen to mellow music; read; exercise…you get the drift. You are in charge of a goodly percentage of your stress.