Health and Wellness

Hope, Healing and WellBeing

Mary Treacy O'Keefe

Hope, Healing and WellBeing – Stress, Sleep and Supplements with Dr. Julie Chen

Dr. Julie Chen, an internal medicine physician, helps us understand the effects and symptoms of stress, including the importance of managing it before it becomes overwhelming. Stress cues include jaw pain, eating differently, sleep and exercise disruptions, getting colds and other illnesses. The effects of stress include increased inflammation and has a great impact upon our physical health, including heart disease. She recommends cognitive behavior therapy, which can be very helpful because it teaches us to reframe and rephrase our perception of certain situations. In this way, we can use our minds to come up with new ways of thinking and perceiving to alter behavior in a more positive way. The correlation between sleep and stress is that we must have enough sleep to repair and heal ourselves in order to better deal with everyday anxieties and stress. Dr. Julie provides tips for how to determine the optimal amount of sleep, and how to get that amount of sleep. She recommends certain supplements and herbs that can help with sleep disorders, reducing stress, and increasing energy. Green tea and exercise are also very helpful for energy. To learn more about Dr. Julie Chen, please visit