Finding a Way to Channel Stress: When we are aware of it, stress is a feeling of strain, pressure, and upset. Certain types of stress are desirable, beneficial, and even healthy. Good stress helps improve athletic performance and can help generate motivation, adaptation, and appropriate responses to events in our daily lives. But too much stress and stress that is improperly handled leads to problems. Steve interviews Linda Blair, author of The Key to Calm: Your Path to Mindfulness – and Beyond.