“Pressure is not stress. But the former is converted to the latter when you add one ingredient: rumination, the tendency to keep rethinking past or future events, while attaching negative emotion to those thoughts.”
Stress is not caused by events, it’s caused by our reaction to them. It’s a choice.
Harvard Business Review breaks down four ways to prevent pressure from turning into stress including to break out of your “waking sleep,” control your attention, put things in perspective, and let go.