Watch Dr. Michael C. Miller, editor in chief of the Harvard Mental Health Letter, talk with Martha Stewart about reducing stress.
Free tools to help you cope with stress
In a world bursting with situations that can cause stress — such as traffic jams, layoffs, illness, and money woes — it's not surprising that many people are feeling stressed out. This online resource center will help you to understand the ways in which daily stress affects your body and how you can reduce these damaging effects. You'll find links to a variety of tools and publications on this page. We hope you find them helpful!
Portable guide to stress relief [PDF]
Whether you have only one minute or half an hour, you’ll find a helpful stress-busting suggestion in this guide. (view as HTML)
An interactive illustration that shows how stress triggers a cascade of physical changes that prepare you to fight a perceived threat—or flee.
Stress causes blood pressure to rise. This video shows how to monitor your blood pressure at home so that you can make sure it’s not rising too high.
Five common questions about how stress affects your health. The answers help reveal why stress often feels so bad.
Stress Related Articles
4 Weeks to Healthy Digestion
Your medicine cabinet is brimming with antacids, gas relievers, and digestive aids of every description. You may have tried lightening up on rich foods or spending money on tests and pricey medication. But your suffering has only gotten worse! Maybe it's not another pill you need but a good dose of common sense—that and a man with a plan for making you better. Learn more »
Coping with Anxiety and Phobias
Everyone worries or gets scared sometimes. But if you feel extremely worried or afraid much of the time, or if you repeatedly feel panicky, you may have an anxiety disorder. Anxiety disorders are among the most common mental illnesses, affecting roughly 40 million American adults each year. Phobias — extreme or irrational fear of something — are also common and troublesome. Thankfully, never before have there been so many therapies to help control anxiety and phobias. This report provides... Learn more »
Diagnosis: Heart Failure
In Diagnosis: Heart Failure, you’ll learn the mechanics of the heart, the symptoms and warning signs of heart failure, and the keys to an effective treatment plan. This report will help you understand and invest in the steps you need to take to keep heart failure in check. You’ll get guidance for monitoring symptoms, for sticking to your doctor's strategy, and for making heart-smart lifestyle changes. Learn more »
Exercise: A program you can live with
What can improve your mood, boost your ability to fend off infection, and lower your risk for heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, and colon cancer? The answer is regular exercise. It may seem too good to be true, but it's not. Hundreds of studies demonstrate that exercise helps you feel better and live longer. This report answers many important questions about physical activity. It will also help guide you through starting and maintaining an exercise program that suits your abilities... Learn more »
Headaches: Relieving and preventing migraines and other headaches
Headaches inflict their misery in a variety of ways, from a dull, steady ache to a blinding, throbbing pain. Nearly everyone has them at least occasionally, but an unfortunate few experience near-constant head pain. This report offers in-depth information on the most common kinds of headaches and the treatment strategies that work best for each, including a number of self-help and alternative techniques. Learn more »
Improving Sleep: A guide to a good night's rest
When you wake up in the morning, are you refreshed and ready to go, or groggy and grumpy? For many people, the second scenario is all too common. This report describes the latest in sleep research, including information about the numerous health conditions and medications that can interfere with normal sleep, as well as prescription and over-the-counter medications used to treat sleep disorders. Most importantly, you’ll learn what you can do to get the sleep you need for optimal health,... Learn more »
Manage Your Stress
This book aims to give readers a full understanding of the how and why of the human stress response. While once a vital ancient survival tool, our biological stress response may now be in overdrive when confronted by the modern world around us. Research has repeatedly shown that stress can cause physical illness if undetected and unmanaged. Learn more »
Overcoming Addiction: Paths toward recovery
Addiction can be devastating. Recent scientific advances have shaped our understanding of this common and complex problem. The good news is that there are a number of effective treatments for addiction, including self-help strategies, psychotherapy, medications, and rehabilitation programs. You can use the strategies presented in this report to discover new ways to cope with life’s difficulties. Learn more »
Say Goodbye to Stress
The link between stress and just about every major disease or illness is well established. But stress can be managed, and this book tells you how. You can't necessarily change the world around you, but you can change the way you react to it.ThedThe Learn more »
Stress Management: Approaches for preventing and reducing stress
While some stress is inevitable, when your body repeatedly encounters a set of physiological changes dubbed the stress response, trouble can brew. Stress may contribute to or exacerbate various health problems. But it’s possible to dismantle negative stress cycles. This report can help you identify your stress warning signs and learn how to better manage stressful situations. Learn more »