Feeling "brain stress" is an inevitable part of everyday life and is provoked when the brain responds to any situation that it thinks of as as critical or threatening.
When the brain interprets a threat, it tells the adrenal glands to provide adrenaline. This increases blood sugar readings and increases heart rate and blood pressure. As part of this process another hormone called"cortisol" is released - which helps regulate heart beat rate and blood pressure and "buys" us time to"escape" from danger. Symptoms of brain stress ordinarily include a feeling of a heavy heart beat.
Life may cause elevated levels of stress over a short period of time as well as enduring times of stress. Physical fatigue, heavy work loads, emotionally unstable relationships, mental trauma, unbalanced diets, sleep disorders and unhealthy ways of living all contribute to long term brain stress.
Continuous stress over extended periods not only impacts brain health but can also seriously affect physical health. As the body does not differentiate between physical and mental stress, continuing (protracted) brain stress can affect all systems in the body. Hypertension, weakened immune response, serious risk of heart attack, sterility, and accelerated ageing are serious effects of brain stress.
Other problems associated with mental stress are physical discomfort, upset stomach, nervous sleep, anxiety, weight problems depression, hyper-tension, short temper, autoimmune diseases, and weakness and exhaustion. Any of these issues can dramatically affect everyday life and cause negative"attitudes".
Those suffering from brain stress are more likely to take on unhealthy ways of life and undesirable behaviour(s) including:
Abuse of prescription and OTC drugs
Taking illegal drugs
Violent or abusive behaviour
Deserting loved ones
There are a range of ways to help cope with brain stress and stop injury from the consequences of stress:
Supportive social network: Connecting with upbeat people keeps you away from the negative effects of stress.
Healthy Diet: Good healthy food gives you energy to hit back and cope with unwelcome circumstances.
Do something that you love: Whether it's hearing music or playing games, take some time to do things that give you joy.
Exercise regularly: Be active, go for a hike or a fast 30 minutes at the fitness club is a great way to improve not only physical health but also brain health.
Get proper amounts of sleep: Most individuals in western cultures are chronically short of sleep. A good night's sleeps helps recharge the brain and body.