Chronic Stress

Hey guys!! I hope you are doing good πŸ˜€ Today, we will be talking about how chronic stress can affect our brain in light of a new research.

Physical and mental health is definitely affected by stress but what happens in our brain under stress?

One new harvard study seeks to find the implications of chronic stress on oir brain which was published in the journal Neurology

Stress over a long period of time can make us feel more tired and irritable.It can disturb our sleep patterns, appetite and can decrease libido(sexual drive).
In their study, the researchers worked with participants with an average age of 49 and no diagnosis of dementia.

There blood cortisol levels were checked before and after eight years.They were also checked for their memory and thinking abilities.

The researchers found that people with high levels of blood cortisol had much poorer memory when compared with peers with normal cortisol levels. Importantly, impaired memory was present in these individuals even before obvious symptoms of memory loss set in.

MRI studies

MRI scans were also conducted to measure their brain volumes.

Those in the high cortisol level group have low brain volumes as compared to low level cortisol group.

Dr Echouffo-Tcheugui

“Our research detected memory loss and brain shrinkage in middle-aged people before symptoms started to show,”

So we should all strive to reduce stress in our lives as much as possible!

But how?

Get enough sleep

Moderate exercise

A good diet-

Some foods that may help to keep cortisol levels stable include:

  • dark chocolate
  • bananas and pears
  • black or green tea
  • probiotics in food such as yogurt
  • probiotics in foods containing soluble fiber
  • Meditation and mindfulness
  • Breathing exercises
  • Get a pet!!
  • One study measured levels of cortisol in children undergoing a standard medical procedure. Those who had a dog present during the procedure had lower cortisol levels than those who did not.
  • Bye bye Love yourself
  • Xoxo
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6 thoughts on “Chronic Stress

  1. ;nice post. I think it is important to remember that the stress response really helps us when it lasts only minutes or perhaps hours. But as you note, long term stress is toxic to neurons and the growth of neurons, which you need to make memories. Unfortunately, a lot of the stresses we have in modern life is chronic, unlike needing to run from a tiger, which while highly stressful, is short term (and hopefully successful).

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  2. Oh yes all of these tips are so helpful! I find that exercise and meditating help me cope with stress. But sometimes when I’m stressed I don’t want to do anything productive. But when I force myself to exercise/ meditate I always feel so much better. In fact i’m going to make myself some green tea now lol. Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

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