Many of the events in our lives that stress us out are, in reality, neutral. They are neither good nor bad. They just are. It is each of us who add the narrative, the story in our heads, that tells us the many ways each neutral event is not feeling so neutral.
One of the lessons of meditation is that the narrative is extra. It’s not mandatory to associate with it. We can notice as it arises in the mind, watch it pass away, and return to the present reality. Easier said than done, but that’s the practice.