Feeling a little stressed out now and again is a normal part of life. But while a little stress might actually be good for you, anxiety buildup is definitely something that we should all take seriously. Some people de-stress by lighting a scented candle and escaping the world through a good book. Others need a little verbal motivation to relax. For the second crew, here are seven inspirational TED talks to help you calm the heck down.

1. How to Stay Calm When You Know You’ll Be Stressed: Sometimes you just know that you’re going to have an awful work week. According to David Levitin, the key to staying sane might be to catch yourself before you start stressing out… if you can predict it, that is.

2. How to Make Stress Your Friend: Okay, we’ll admit it: We scoffed when we saw the title of this TED talk. But according to new research, a healthy amount of stress might actually be good for us. Going over the facts with studious detail, psychologist Kelly McGonigal teaches us that reaching out to others is the best way to handle our dark days in this fascinating lecture.

3. The Art of Stillness: Meditation has been fairly popular in the past year or so, and yes, we’re kind of obsessed. In this inspirational TED talk, travel writer Pico Lyer gives us helpful strategies for staying still in a constantly moving world.

4. A Simple Way to Break a Bad Habit: When stress comes from a bad habit like procrastinating, it can be helpful to take out the problem at the source. Cue psychiatrist Judson Brewer and his simple method for breaking bad habits. You’ll thank us later.

5. As Work Gets More Complex, Six Rules to Simplify: A lot of our stress comes from our workplaces, which is why Yves Morieux’s six rules to simplify your work life is definitely a must-watch.

6. For Parents, Happiness Is a Very High Bar: Parenthood is a time filled with anxiety, but writer Jennifer Senior is breaking down the stereotypes and letting parents know that it’s okay to go your own path in this honest lecture.

7. Why We All Need to Practice Emotional First Aid: If you needed a reason for taking a little me time to de-stress after a horrible day, this is it. Psychologist Guy Winch explains why we should be treating our common psychological health issues with the same resolution that we take care of our physical bodies. Netflix night in, anyone?

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