A New Perspective on Stress

Watch physician well-being advocate Cliff Knight, MD, FAAFP, AAFP Senior Vice-President for Education, as he interviews author and wellness advocate Deepak Chopra, MD, who offers his perspective on how stress affects well-being and overall health.  

Conversation Highlights

  • According to Chopra, burnout is a product of the many demands placed on physicians, along with a disconnect between their emotional, spiritual, and physical reserves. 
  • Chronic, low-grade stress--the hassles of daily experiences--can cause cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, inflammation, and many other chronic illnesses.
  • Ninety-five percent of disease-related gene mutations are associated with chronic inflammation or stress, says Chopra.
  • In order to improve well-being, physicians can harness the collaboration of others on the team to create a culture where good sleep, exercise, healthy nutrition, and emotional connection are important.
  • Emotions play an important role in health. Chopra says data is slowly coming out to show our brains modulate each others' brains, our emotions modulate each others' emotions, and even our biology modulates each others' biology. Our very presence may interfere with the mind, emotions, and the biology of others.