Different stress levels impact the process of learning and the ability to recall certain memories. High levels of stress are known to increase your ability to encode memories in a traumatic situation. The memories stored in highly stressful situations such as a car accident are moved to the part of the brain that gives out warnings and defense mechanisms against future hurtful situations.
On the other hand, long-term, chronic stress will change the brain’s ability to communicate with itself over time. The enduring stress creates white matter that will actually decrease the number of neurons that assist with information processing. Defects in white matter due to the effects of stress have been associated with the development of mental illness such as learning difficulties and anxiety or mood disorders.
Experts recommend taking the time and effort to reduce stress as much as possible from day to day living. Here are some recommendations for reducing stress triggers and keep the brain young:
– Eating a healthy diet
– Getting a proper amount of sleep
– Participate in stress reduction activities
– Keep the brain learning
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