“Stress, in general, is more feared than appreciated”. Stress is caused by persons, places, and daily acute alarm situations. Chronic or long-term and ongoing stress is a result of major life events as reported in the Holmes – Rahe Scale (11/1/19). They are quantified and include among other things, the impact of death; divorce; losing a job; changes in one’s health; financial situations et al. Symptoms can be physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, or relationship-related (10/25/19). The only time we can be “stress-free” is if we are dead, in a coma, a liar, or perhaps an infant. The ethos of this column is to make you “Stress “Hardy. This can be accomplished by living by the 4 C’s including regaining Control and Power in our lives; Commitment to ongoing Stress Inoculation Strategies; Challenging oneself to realistic goal setting; developing Closeness with support groups or a confidant (10/10/19).