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Stress Causes Your Brain To Shrink

If that’s not a catchy title then I don’t know what is. Since creating this site, I’ve read numerous articles and reports about how stress is detrimental to your health, and written many posts that link stress to poor brain performance. The idea that stress causes your brain to shrink, is quite a scary thought, given the ridiculously fast-paced and competitive world we live in today.  Researchers at Yale University wanted to test how stress can cause brain synapses in humans and their findings are described below.

Stress Causes Your Brain To Shrink

Beat Stress Before It Beats YouMajor depression or chronic stress can cause the loss of brain volume, a condition that contributes to both emotional and cognitive impairment. Now a team of researchers led by Yale scientists has discovered one reason why this occurs — a single genetic switch that triggers loss of brain connections in humans and depression in animal models.

The findings, reported in the Aug. 12 issue of the journal Nature Medicine, show that the genetic switch known as a transcription factor represses the expression of several genes that are necessary for the formation of synaptic connections between brain cells, which in turn could contribute to loss of brain mass in the prefrontal cortex.

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Now you know that stress causes your brain to shrink, what are you going to do to manage your stress levels? Stress is so incredibly dangerous to your health but the majority of people are not aware of this, or indeed how to deal with it if they do feel stressed. High levels of stress lead to illness, disease and brain disorders. It’s quite frankly, something that we need to do without. In small doses, it’s fine, and can be highly effective when we need to get something done.

One of the most effect ways to reduce stress is to exercise, get outdoors and in touch with nature and to eat healthily. When you exercise, endorphins are released into the brain which give you a natural high. Your worries disappear and you are able to think more clearly and creatively. Exercise is also proven to expand your hippocampus – the part of your brain responsible for memory and recall. If it’s your job that makes you stressed, then make changes! My longest employment was 16 months where I developed Insomnia – which is also detrimental to your health. Thankfully, I was made redundant and I’ve only been happier since. Get creative, take time off, exercise loads, meditate, do yoga and ideas will start to flow. Read self-help books, attend seminars, revisit your true, core strengths and work towards them. Think outside the box! Ignore society, stop watching the news and do what makes you happy. You only live once.