By Cailey Rizzo
February 09, 2017
How the pope deals with stress
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Although leader of the Catholic Church may seem like one of the world’s most stressful jobs, Pope Francis insists that he is more relaxed than ever before.

The pope also confirmed suspicions that every American on vacation in Italy has held—that the Italians know how to live better. Pope Francis said that ever since relocating from Buenos Aires to the Vatican, he has adopted the Italian lifestyle.

Although it’s unclear whether or not the pope is stopping for aperitivo every afternoon, he told Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera that he admires the “healthy ‘couldn’t care less’ attitude” of many Italians.

But that’s not to say the pope doesn’t occasionally feel the pressures of his job. He has just developed his own system to deal with stress. When anxieties start to creep into Pope Francis’s mind, he says he writes down all his worries in letters to Saint Joseph (the patron saint of dying) to clear his mind.

"And now he is sleeping on a mattress of letters! That's why I sleep well: it is the grace of God. I always sleep six hours. And I pray," the pope said.