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A 18-year-old female asked:

Frequently waking up from bad vivid dreams caused by stress, the problem is idk how to unstress without wasting time, the most thing i can do is take a shower or go walk, are there other ways for distressing that dont involve time wasting?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 51 years experience
It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without taking additional history, physical examination and may be some tests. It would be prudent to see your doctor and discuss if you may be depressed. Counter-intuitive as it may seem, exercise may help. Start with low intensity exercise such as walking and gradually increase the intensity as tolerated. Drink more water. Wish you good health!
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Dr. Adam Front
Clinical Psychology 29 years experience
Is it a waste of time to take care of yourself? There is no instant cure for anxiety. Mindfulness meditation, walking as a meditation, these things require that we spend (not waste) time. Agonizing over things we can’t control is not helpful. We can’t make ourselves stop thinking about them, but we do have a choice to either “let go or get dragged.” Turn your mind to things that relax you. Be well
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Last updated Oct 4, 2021

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