Have you been stressed out lately? Turns out stressing day in and out can wreak havoc in your brain by changing its size, structure and function. Chronic stress
shrinks the size of your brain, which means your ability to learn and remember things get affected, giving way to mental health problems such as depression
and Alzheimer’s disease
. This video by TED-Ed takes you to a stress-free zone for better and healthier living.
Here are a few simple tips to reduce stress.
1. Eat Right
Vegetables and fruits are part of a healthy balanced diet. Fishes rich in omega-3 fatty acids (such as mackerel, trout, herring and tuna) can reduce the symptoms of stress. A tuna sandwich can be an excellent brain food.
2. Laugh Out Loud
Laughter decreases the stress-causing hormones cortisol and adrenaline by making the body release endorphins (feel-good hormones). Laughing stimulates the nervous system, making you feel happy.
3. Be Mindful
Mindfulness aims at slowing down the thought process. By concentrating on a specific object or thought, other aspects of the mental world become quieter, and whatever is insignificant is kept out of the mind.
Simply standing and stretching yourself at a work break can offer immediate relief from stress. A short walk around the office after lunch can also help you de-stress.
5. Get More Sleep
While stress can cause you to have sleepless nights, the opposite is also true. Try and get the doctor recommended seven to eight-hour sleep.