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Ways to reduce stress

You know that stress is bad for you. It can cause insomnia, lack of sleep, and indigestion, which can negatively affect your mental health and increase your risk of depression and anxiety. But did you know that stress can also affect your cognitive function? For thousands of years, stress has been a constant for human survival. Humans have evolved specific responses to stress, and going back to the caveman era may mean the difference between life and death. And these reactions still exist, buried in the reptile's brain, prompting you to make a fight or flight response, cortisol and adrenaline flood your brain. Whether facing a dinosaur or a boss with a temper, the brain and body react the same. Unfortunately, the demands of modern life mean that many people are coping with chronic stress, keeping cortisol levels at a high level, which leads to greater risks, namely decreased cognitive function, decreased memory, retention and even dementia. There are three ways you can reduce stress levels and improve brain health. 1. Recognise your personal response to stress Understand how stress affects you and what your personal triggers are. Some people can cope with stress better than others. When experiencing stress, pay attention to your physical, emotional and mental health symptoms. 2. Determine what triggers the stress It may be your boss, friend or colleague who makes you feel stressed. If you can determine what caused the stress or exacerbated anxiety levels, then you can anticipate stressful situations prepare for them. Or at least learn to manage them better. 3. Learn to say no Today, most people feel over-stressed and over-committed. Most of the pressure of modern people comes from powerlessness and at a loss. In addition to stress management techniques such as meditation, breathing techniques and exercise may aid in reducing stress.

learning to say "no" confidently and positively is one of the most effective weapons that can be used to combat stress. Once you understand the factors that trigger a stress response and how it affects you, it's time to make a choice based on self-care. Work out what you want to say "yes" in your life, and let it decide what you want and don't do. If you want to spend more time with your family and engage in new hobbies or sports, you can choose whether to work late or take on other responsibilities. Garry Wasson 2020

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