Effective coping is now more essential than ever. Global economic crisis, chronic unemployment, and uncertainty about the future increase stress and can be overwhelming when combined with day-to-day stressors. One of the difficulties with stress is the helplessness we feel when we try our usual coping skills and get no relief. Many of us could use a larger arsenal of skills, particularly when facing life challenges and crises. This blog is about rebuilding and adding to our stress fighting toolbox so that there will never be a time when we come up empty handed, still feeling overwhelmed by what life handed us.