8 Signs Stress Is Making You Sick—And How To Get Healthier, Starting Today

8 Signs Stress Is Making You Sick—And How To Get Healthier, Starting Today

We all deal with stress from time to time. And in many ways, a little stress can be healthy. In fact, acute bouts of stress—that is, stress that lasts anywhere from a few minutes to several hours—can promote stronger immune functioning, according to research from Firdaus Dhabhar, PhD, a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine. But when stress is prolonged or chronic—meaning it sticks around for weeks, months, or even years—it can lead to a “dysregulation” or negative changes to your immune system and other biological functions, Dhabhar says. What kinds...

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