The negative effects of stress

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Stress is something that everyone experiences from time to time, but chronic stress that lasts for longer periods can have both severe mental and physical effects.

A new study found that people who experienced more stress showed signs of accelerated immune system aging.

“Research indicates that stress accelerates the aging process of your immune system. It is like stepping on a gas pedal, making your body age faster than it normally would,” Dr. Susan Albers, a psychologist with Cleveland Clinic, said.

These new findings suggest it’s even more important to find healthy ways of managing your stress.

Doctors recommend people set time aside each day for an activity that can help provide relief, like going for a walk.

Regular exercise and a healthy diet are good ways to lower stress.

If you’re still having trouble on your own, doctors say it’s crucial to be open and reach out to a professional.