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How does stress affect your brain?

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Researchers have found that sometimes stress can help sharpen the mind and improve the ability to remember details about what is happening. In other cases, stress can produce a wide range of negative effects on the brain ranging from contributing to mental illness to actually shrinking the volume of the brain.
1. Chronic Stress Increases the Risk of Mental Illness
2. Stress Changes the Brain's Structure
3. Stress Kills Brain Cells
4. Stress Shrinks the Brain
5. Stress Hurts Your Memory
https://www.verywellmind.com/surprising-ways-that-stress-affects-your-brain-2795040
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Do you these effects on your brain? How do you cope with stress?
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Most of us live very stressed lives and, let's face it, the world is generally very stressed these days and the pace is not slowing down. Can we take on less work? No. Can we do less 'child-taxiing'? No. Can we be exposed to less of the world's problems? Not really without blinkers and ear plugs.
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Also increased cortisol levels cause inflammation in the physical body, reducing our immune response which makes us vulnerable to all range of illness from colds to cancer.
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The great news countering this is that even minimal mindfulness practice improves so many areas of the brain - increases activity in the anterior cingulate cortex, which increases empathy; decreases activity in the amygdala, which decreases fear, increases the size of the corpus callosum, which integrates analytic and intuitive thinking, and so much more.
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An integrated program of good diet, exercise and mindfulness can counter virtually all effects of stress (and, good to know in this flu season, improves immune response, leading to fewer (or at least, less intense) colds and flus, without any of the side effects of cold medicine or flu shots!
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Hello. I must be doing things wrong here. Seems everywhere I go, discussion is more or less dead. That's really too bad.
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How much stress does this knowledge add? :-)
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I see the effects of stress and traumatic events on young children, everyday. Their brain structure and function is changed affecting body regulation, attention and memory, language acquisition and social emotional behaviors. Brain structure and function can change again and for the better if young children have a positive outlet and supports in place. There's healing in play ❤
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Does it really affect to brain
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Epigenetics ❤ when I was studying in college this wasn’t even in our biology texts yet. Fascinating.
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So can exercise and meditation reverse the effects of the negligent mother and therefore stop the epigenetic change being passed on to the next generation?
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Psychological neuroplasitcs 101. The brain is a construct of an individual and that minds effect in the synaptic development.
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