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Reena Mohamed was born and raised in Malaysia. She was a company director to several, Businesses before shifting to her interest in Building Online Businesses. She writes on her experiences in Business as a Board Member on companies dealing with Construction, Travel, General Trading and Food & Beverage Retail. Her creative writing blogs suits online start-ups and for those interested in living a laptop lifestyle. She occasionally does blog reviews of beauty health and supplements, she currently lives in Petaling Jaya and will happily guest blog.


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Wednesday, 10 January 2018

How your body responds to stress

Let's find out what Stress does to your body

We know that stress symptoms can affect your feelings, your body and your thoughts. But 'stress' is a normal part of life isn't it? 

We learn that "Stress" happens with any change that requires our body to react and adjust in response. Our body naturally reacts to these changes with physical, mental and emotional responses, but stress can seriously affect our body and mind. You will find what stress symptoms does to your body in the short video from Science Insider, which I have included above. 

Stressed brain. 

Our body's stress response naturally kicks in when we think that we are under threat. These common effects are anxiety or restlessness, lack of motivation and focus, an overwhelmed feeling, irritability, anger. followed by sadness and an overall sense of depressed feelings.

Once our brain has decided there's a danger, it sends nerve signals triggering the hormone adrenaline. Adrenaline as you may now increases the amount of sugar in your blood, increase your heart rate and raises your blood pressure (among other things).

Part of our brain, the hypothalamus to be exact also sends signals to stimulate the adrenal cortex to produce cortisol (stress hormone) . Cortisol is very important in our stress response as it keeps blood sugar and blood pressure up to help us 'escape' from danger. This stress response is perfect for short-term however can be very damaging if it goes on for weeks or years. So yes you can say, chronic stress leads to depression.

In a chronically stressful environment, our body's stress response is always 'on' - which means that there is very little relief from the surge of chemical triggers, increased heart rate and blood pressure. Unfortunately in this body state , 'stress' becomes toxic and causes dramatic changes in our  brain and in our body.

Over time,

this elevated levels of cortisol will chip away our physical, mental and emotional health.

Stress triggers your mood ,
chronic stress can shrink your brain, 
stressful events can kill a brain cell and
stress can disrupt your memory .

The good news is, You can heal!

How to heal 

Chronic stress as it is, can't always be avoided like the loss of a parent or child, divorce or even home conflicts. However, we learn that connecting with loving, responsive and caring personalities can buffer effects of stress and stop it from turning toxic. Here are six simple tips to stop stress in its tracks and overcome its harmful effects on our brain. 

  1. We want to try to start eating diets full in antioxidant-rich foods like fruit vegetable dark chocolate and green tea. 
  2. We want to increase brain boosting triggers by getting daily physical exercise, and no it doesn't have to be strenuous, walking, for instance is superb. A great exercise to look into is Yoga and Tai Chi they both have strong- mind body orientations.
  3. Start praying (self time) or meditate, this is a great and proven method to keep your brain health in check. Stress we believe does not come from events in your life as much as it comes from your thoughts. (its your automatic negative reactions and cognitive distortions about these events that do)
  4. Start the Mindhack program it will definitely help keep you focus and motivated on all your short term goals.
  5. Look into taking herbal remedies, and health supplements to increase resilience to stress while also supporting your overall health. (Ginseng and Arctic roots are great for boosting concentration , energy and resisting stress )
  6. Get plenty of sleep guys, sleep is when the brain repairs itself and grows new cells.
Yes these proactive steps will help towards reducing the wear and tear on our brain. Chronic stress takes a high toll on mental health, it affects our brain structure and function in very,
real ways.

It hastens brain aging, enlarges our brain's fear center and halts production of new brain cells. It increases our risk of psychiatric and neurodegenerative diseases.

But remember,

with just a handful of lifestyle changes it can help stop the damaging effects. Tell me what you think and how you manage stress in the comments below.


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