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Learning to minimize stress can help you to maximize the health of your brain! Here’s CogGegevity’s Ambassador Dr. Kristen Willeumier with a word or on the subject of stress and your brain!

We will always have stress in our lives. However, how we manage chronic stress can have a significant impact on our brain health. Chronic stress and high levels of cortisol create long-lastingbrain changes. Source: Neuroscientists have discovered how chronic stress and cortisol can damage the brain. A new study reconfirms the importance of maintaining healthy brainstructure and connectivity by reducing chronicstress.

Stress takes a variety of forms. Some stress happens as the result of a single, short-term event — having an argument with a loved one, for example. Other stress happens due to recurring conditions, such as managing a long-term illness or a demanding job. When recurring conditions cause stress that is both intense and sustained over a long period of time, it can be referred to as “chronic” or “toxic” stress. While all stress triggers physiological reactions, chronic stress is specifically problematic because of the significant harm it can do to the functioning of the body and the brain.

Regular meditation has been shown to increase brain volume and is a wonderful stress management technique that can serve to keep you happier and healthier for years and years to come. Here are other stress-reduction tips for maximum long-term brain health: Make daily stress reduction a priority –find quiet time for yourself where you take a break from technology. Live in the present moment – don’t ruminate on negative thoughts that don’t serve you. Engage all of your senses in your daily activities – take a few minutes each day to experience the sights, sounds and scents present in your environment.

Train your brain to think positively – learn techniques to reduce negative thoughts such as self-doubt. Be curious and explore new things – let go of expectations and the fear and anxiety that typically accompany them. Find meaning and purpose in your life – take time to explore the larger vision of what you wish to accomplish. And keep anxiety provoking situations in perspective – focus on the specific problem at hand and what you can do to solve it, do not get overwhelmed by the unknown.

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