STRESS May Be Killing Your Brain, but Luckily 5 Minutes Could Change Everything

If you’re stressed right now, this may be one of the most important articles you’ll ever read.

According to a report in the Huffington Post, you should want to do everything within your power to find peace.

And here’s why:

1.”Hormones released in response to stress not only affect brain function, they also change the physical structure of your brain,” writes Jenny C. Evans.

2. Have too much cortisol (the stress hormone) running through your body and you “can kill, shrink, and stop the generation of new neurons in the portion of the brain called hippocampus.” This means that your ability to learn, remember, regulate your emotions, and cut down on stress may die.

3. Your prefrontal cortex can shrink. This can strongly effect your decision making skills and make you dangerously impulsive. You can also become more depressed and frustrated.

4. Stress induced hormones can increase the size of your amygdala, which “is critical in the formation and storage of memories associated with highly emotional events,” shares Evans. This means you can become much more fearful, anxious, and even aggressive.

If these facts stress you out even more, get a hold of yourself and know there’s a quick-fix:

Exercise can help build a stress-resistant brain in addition to increasing cognitive function and brain size.

Exercise helps spur the release of a substance called brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), which helps in the development of healthy brain tissue and reverses the negative effects of stress. Think of it as fertilizer for the brain. It keeps existing neurons vital and healthy and also encourages the growth of new ones. The more we exercise, the more BDNF we create, and the more neurons are generated, particularly in the hippocampus.

Evans further states that even five minutes of exercise during your busy day can make all the difference in the world. Feel stressed right now? Get up from where ever you’re sitting and move your body!

Beyond exercise, you probably need to let go of some things in your life. Click here for info on “Letting Go of the Crap That’s Driving You Crazy.”