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Stress, The Brain, and Well-being

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Stress is part of our everyday life, however, when we experience stress over the long term it can become problematic. When we’re chronically stressed, we can experience negative impacts on our brain and body including our attention, mood, memory, and even physical inflammation.

The good news is there are things we can do to reduce and manage our stress.

It is important to note that our goal is not to try to eliminate stress entirely (that probably is not possible!) but to reframe our relationship with stress so that it is manageable and not overwhelming.

Recommended Reading: Protect Your Brain From Stress

Are You Feeling STRESSED?

Some common stressors in our lives include:

  • struggles balancing work and family.
  • interpersonal conflicts, such as disagreements with colleagues, friends, or family.
  • financial concerns.

What Other Stressors Are Present for You?

Stress is part of daily life. Our brains evolved to keep us alive and safe. We are wired to be on the lookout for threats, such as lions, tigers, and bears!

Moderate stress can help us accomplish tasks and improve memory and attention. However, modern stressors that arise, such as work pressures, relationships, or financial concerns, are not always well-managed by our body’s stress response.

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