In the first half of this year, readers really connected with a few posts filled with practical strategies to reduce problematic stress. These posts are aimed at improving your ability to cope with life’s uncertainties and reducing the pressure that can leave you fatigued, spinning your wheels or unable to enjoy your life.

10 Thoughts that May Be Stressing You Out

Check out common stress-inducing thoughts in this post and a few tips to respond differently to them.

2 Things You Can do Right Now to Decrease Anxiety and Depression

Whether it’s college life, a new retirement, changes at work, a new baby, health crisis or conflict with the in-laws, life can be full of uncertainty and pressure. This post has two very practical strategies to decrease the anxiety and depression that can accompany difficult times.

How You Can Overcome Intrusive Thoughts

This post includes 5 techniques for those times when you find yourself plagued by unwanted thoughts that you’d like to avoid or get rid of.

Deactivating Your Stress Response

Stress can come from trauma, crisis, daily pressures – such as a traffic jam or disrespectful co-workers the environment, poor lighting or noise – and from our minds. In this post, learn a technique to increase your awareness of how stress affects your body.

Can You Change Your Body to Change Your Mind?

If your body is in crisis mode, it’s likely that your thinking is too.  Sometimes the best way to decrease worry, self-recrimination or judgmental thinking is to focus not on your mind, but on your body.  In this post, learn some simple techniques to change both body and mind.

You can find more strategies to improve how you feel in my new book, The Stress Response and by clicking here to sign up for more of my tips and here for podcasts using DBT strategies to improve how you feel.

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    Last reviewed: 3 Jul 2012

APA Reference
Matta, C. (2012). The Year’s Best Tips for Dealing with Stress. Psych Central. Retrieved on March 28, 2015, from



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