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Can you suggest how to get away from everything causing me stress?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Rather than just: Global avoidance, suggest that you look at individual stressors. Some are necessary. However, some serve no purpose or can be modified. I used to drive to work using a congested road. I found it stressful. I found that by driving for an extra 5 minutes- i could take a quiet, scenic route on the water. It set me up to have a good attitude at the start of my day. Looks for ways to improve upon.

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Can stress cause you to get sick? how and why?

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Emergency Medicine 32 years experience
Hormones good & bad: Stress can be good in small doses: The hormone adrenaline helps in the fight or flight response and may motivate preparation for an important event, etc. Chronic high levels of stress however, can be deleterious to hormonal balance, affecting both the brain and the rest of the body(via cortisol and other hormones) negatively altering sleep, lipid metabolism, mood, blood pressure & immune function

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