How stress affects your brain

Are you feeling tired and irritable in the morning, forgetting little things and feeling overworked and isolated? You are probably stressed out. What can you do about it?

Stress is not always a bad thing; it can be handy for a burst of extra energy and focus, like when you’re playing a competitive sport or have to speak in public. But when it’s continuous, it actually begins to change your brain. Chronic stress can affect brain size, its structure, and how it functions, right down to the level of your genes.

But don’t worry, there are many ways to reverse the negative effects stress can have on your brain. The most efficient are activities that involve breathing deeply and being focused on your surroundings, like sport and meditation.

Get in control of your stress, before it takes control of you!

How stress affects your brain – Madhumita Murgia – TED-Ed Originals

 

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Based on Penser mieux, travailler moins by Gaël ALLAIN (Eyrolles, January 2013) and his lecture given at the fifty-second HR Lab meeting organized by Business Digest and HEC Executive Education on March 24, 2016.