When I ask patients if they are impacted by stress, many say “As much as always.” In other words, yes, but that is normal for them. Stress is important. It is key to survival. Fight or flight reaction causes blood to pump to the big muscles of the limbs, the lungs, the heart, and the primitive reactionary brain. This helps when trying to run away from or fight an attacker. The problem is that this same reaction takes blood away from the immune system, the digestive system, the reproductive system, and the “thinking” brain.
How can you get yourself out of a chronic stressed state? Check out some basic suggestions and a breathing exercise by clicking Stress handout.