One of the most important important ways to fight OCD is to keep your overall stress level down. This way, when life's large and small pressures intrude — and they will — you will be able to start from a calmer place to begin with. In other words, if you're in a giant panic at the outset, adding stress will hardly help. In fact, it will undoubtedly tie you up in knots. If you start from a position of greater calm, you will be better equipped to handle the situations life throws at you.