It’s easy to become overwhelmed by the constant stress and pressures of modern living. The vast array of challenges from work, family, school, etc. can make for a very stressful life. So, as so many of us seem to be living like this, is this something we really need to worry about?
Stress itself isn’t always a bad thing. Surprised? Well, certain kinds of acute or short term stress can help us find energy and focus. We might experience these in certain sports, public performances, or working to deadlines. Most of us can deal with these short term stresses quite well and might even enjoy the challenges they bring.
However, there’s another kind of stress that can literally cause your brain to shrink and work less efficiently. This is the long-term, chronic stress that carries on for long periods of time. Chronic stress can have a serious impact on your memory, ability to learn and think clearly, and on your social skills too.
This wonderfully laid-out informative video from TED-Ed details just how this kind of chronic stress can be a harmful thing. It explains clearly how too much of the stress hormone cortisol can negatively effect the brain, causing it to literally shrink and decline. The good news is that these effects can be reversed with simple exercise and meditation.
We recommend you check this video. It will really help you get a better grasp of this crazy little thing called “stress.” Enjoy!