Why is stress so detrimental for our brain? Learn why adrenalin and cortisol make your brain shrink and how you can stress less
You probably experienced how stress paralyzed you. "I can't think clearly."
Fear before a speech, you blanked out in a spelling contest…
Instead of finding solutions, you react irrationally.
However, the consequences of chronic stress are more severe. Constant overwhelm leads to brain shrinkage in certain areas.
Your brain produces stress hormones, such as adrenalin and cortisol as well as a series of other steroids to prepare your body to fight or run.
The brain's activity shifts to an area where you're primarily focused and alert.
However, the brain isn't able to think logically and creative in this state.
If you're overworked or overwhelmed for a more extended period, your performance will decrease. Some people are more resilient than others; however, the brain needs phases of relaxation and rewards.
In these phases, the brain produces happy hormones.
Happy hormones can protect your nerves. If the brain continually produces stress hormones, certain areas can go into a decline.
Several studies attempt to make changes in the brain of chronically stressed people visible with different methods.
We can be sure of one thing: The brain matter suffers damage if an individual suffers from stress for an extended period.
We won't let that happen to you! Here are some simple, doable by you tips that help you to stress less (click the box on the right to enter full screen / exit to leave):