• Anne

Stress - How stress affects your brain

If you’re out and around people a lot, you will eventually hear someone say that they love stress sometimes because it helps them to perform better, but is that really the case most of the time? It’s obvious that stress is a part of life, but the ways that it can affect you should move most people to want to figure out better ways to get things done. The next few paragraphs will be a discussion of stress and health.

Stress and brain health

It Damages Your Memory and Brain

A calm mind is always the best way to solve any problem. When you get super stressed out, the signals and host of chemicals that comprise your thoughts and memories are traveling back and forth at extremely fast rates. Rapid fire chemicals create more chance for a miscommunication, and because stress can slow your cognitive ability, something is likely to be disrupted in some way or another. Stress is so detrimental that it can actually shrink the physical size of your brain, so it would be a good idea to learn control as soon as you can.

It Directly Kills Brain Cells

Stress can have such an effect on you that it makes some parts of your body sick, but what is even scarier is that it literally kills new brain cells in your hippocampus. After extensive testing, researchers could predict a loss of new cells in animals that were exposed to a stressful situation while in the study. The heaviest revelation became apparent when they found that those cells weren’t replaced a week later. Hopefully that research will put human closer to finding out how to avoid that stress completely.

The Structure of Your Brain Can Change

The makeup of the brain is a precise balance of tissues that are supposed to be able to do work for you until the day you die. If you have experienced a high amount of stress for prolonged period, then the structure of your brain is different than it was before that. Some people who experience these changes, like soldiers who suffer from PTSD, will show some pretty serious changes to the makeup and amounts of specific tissue types. These imbalances could set you up for a possible future of mental illness.

Stress Can Actually Make You Mentally Ill

When stress is being pushed onto you, it can do a lot of damage. When the damage or changes have taken place, it doesn't take much to push someone out of reality.

So, what can you do to reduce stress and get more energy?

Control your mornings!

Have you ever noticed that hurried mornings lead to some of your worst days? If you’ve ever slept through your alarm clock, you understand what a rushed morning feels like. It sets you up for a long, difficult day, mainly because it makes you feel out of sorts. Maybe you forgot to pack your child a lunch, bring along your files or toss a book into your bag to read on the train. It can be hard to regain control, especially if your work day is fast paced and you go from one thing to the next. When you don’t get your day off to a great start, the effects linger.

In order to set yourself up for having a great day, you must get started with a great morning. But how do you keep these positive starts coming when your days are chaotic? The slightest thing can lead to a poor start, which means you need to stay on top of your morning routine.

With our newest Mealplan#6 you will receive a free download "Daily Habits for Endless Energy" with helpful tips for making the most of your morning and enjoying what the rest of the day can bring.

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To your Health,

Anne & Hanne


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