I've always thought there was a lot of tosh written about stress - how it harms, debilitates...even kills. Now I don't question that for a moment, but what I don't subscribe to is that it's unconditionally bad for you.
Think of stress as the gap between what you have and what you want.
So without stress you wouldn't even get out of bed.
What I see as harmful is stress being out of balance - too much or too little. And that varies from person to person. So what is good for you might kill me - or vice versa.
Ok, so what? Well having established that we all need some stress and that it's personal... it follows that we need to take responsibility for our stress lives and to find the right balance... and not blame others for it.
Virtually everyone that I've ever worked with, that is buckling under stress, has not taken responsibility for theirs and instead takes responsibility for other people's stress. Me included!
It really is that simple.