With everything that’s going on in the USA and the world, many of us are experiencing prolonged elevated stress levels. We therefore thought it might be worthwhile to write an article on what stress is, how it affects the brain and some of the best ways we know to relieve stress. This article is based on a study done in 2017 titled, “The Impact of Stress on Body Function,” where the authors reviewed all the current scientific literature on how stress impacts human biology, and what they found was so interesting we had to share it.
In general, the study found that people who live or work in stressful environments have a higher likelihood of all kinds of health disorders, and that, based on the timing and severity of the external stimulus, the implications range from simple shifts in homeostasis to life-threatening effects, and even death. In this article we’re going to look specifically at the impact of stress on the brain. But first, let’s start with outlining some of the common mental and emotional signs of stress.
Common Mental & Emotional Signs of Stress
Many of us get stressed without even being aware of it, which is what makes stress so destructive. If you’re experiencing any of the following mental and emotional symptoms, you could actually be stressed:
- Apathy, overwhelmed or a lack of energy
- Short-term memory loss or difficulty “keeping track” of things
- Feeling anxious, on edge or irritable
- Making bad decisions or struggling to make decisions at all
- Depression, anxiety or feeling increased emotions
How Stress Affects the Brain
We don’t commonly consider that stress could be impacting the brain directly, but in the study done in 2017, the authors found that being exposed to stress can actually cause structural changes to certain areas of the brain, which can manifest as behavioral, cognitive, and mood disorders.
“Various studies have shown that stress can cause structural changes in the hippocampus section of the brain. These structural changes include atrophy and neurogenesis disorders.”
High concentrations of stress hormones doesn’t just cause short-term memory loss, it can actually cause long-term memory disorders.
According to the study, stress also has many effects on cognition that depend on its intensity, duration, origin, and magnitude. It can affect our ability to think straight, including our capacity to learn, make decisions, focus and make judgments. If the intensity of stress passes beyond a predetermined threshold, which is different in each individual, it causes cognitive disorders, especially in memory and judgment.
The Best Way to Relieve Stress
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