Read below to find out about recent studies which show how stress and depression may provoke shrinking of the brain, and few suggested methods to prevent this.
“While the evidence is not yet conclusive, these studies suggest that prolonged exposure to stress can shrink the brain, both via the damaging effects of cortisol on brain neurons, and by disrupting expression of genes that facilitate neuronal connections. This raises the question of whether there is anything we can do to prevent such damage. Since we can’t always control how much we are exposed to financial, relationship, or illness stress, are there preventive activities we can do to maintain cognitive resilience so we can continue to deal effectively with the stressors? It is not known if we can reverse the damage by these methods, but we may lessen it and make our brains more resilient to stress.
“Brain-Enhancing Activities to Combat Stress:
Take a Daily DHA Supplement
Exercise Most Days
Do Yoga, Meditate, or Pray”
About the Author
Melanie Greenberg, Ph.D. is a Psychologist in Mill Valley, California, and expert on mindfulness, emotions, stress-management, and lemotional intelligence, who has published more than 50 scholarly works. Previously a Professor in a graduate Psychology Program, she is now a practicing psychologist, executive coach, speaker, and media consultant. Dr Greenberg provides workshops and speaking engagements for organizations and coaching and therapy for individuals in person and via skype.
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