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July 12, 2014 12:57 AM

Healthy Relationships | True listening may alleviate burden of stress

As I prepared to go on vacation next week, I thought I might write this column about the importance of rest and renewal. I am, I admit, looking forward to a bit of “down-time.” But then I heard a short piece on the NPR show “Morning Edition” about stress — how pervasive it is in the lives of Americans, what causes it, who experiences it and why — and it made me re-think my approach. Somehow, the platitudes about “taking time for yourself” and “getting plenty of sleep” just didn’t seem up to the challenges of the stress many of us (almost half of the population, according to the study mentioned in the story) are experiencing.

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