Stress isn't bad.
Stress is what causes change, adaptation, growth.
But the way we achieve the latter is by having a break from the former.
We need recovery, rest, and the ability to breathe to benefit.
Which is why love is an antidote to stress. I am not talking about the romantic kind of love (though I am sure that also helps) I am talking about the love you give yourself.
Love of where you are, who you are, what you are - right here, right now. Allows the stress of being something different to dissipate.
It allows elasticity into your life.
It allows for grace.
The first step toward change is to allow for what is right now.
Which isn't always easy.