Stress Busters: 3 Ways to Stay Healthy Wedding plans. Lengthy to-do lists. Work presentations. Let's face it: A certain level of stress is unavoidable and actually not that harmful. "The right amount of pressure can even push us to excel," says Katherine Nordal, Ph.D., executive director of the American Psychological Association (APA). But add gloomy economic news to everyday worries, and your stress level can quickly go into overdrive, putting your health at risk.