Rather than simply living with stress, learning how to effectively master our stress levels and build emotional resilience through brain training programs and actions can not only help you feel and perform better on a daily basis, but also protect your brain from the long-term damaging effects of stress. Here’s how we do it:
- Get out there and get some exercise. Studies show that aerobic exercise helps build new neurons and connections in the brain to counteract the effects of stress. Plus, exercise also promotes good sleep, reduces depression, and boosts your self confidence through the “feel good” hormones called endorphins.
- Try and relax! We know it’s easier said than done but relaxation through yoga, meditation, tai chi, a walk around the block, or whatever helps quiet your mind can not only decrease your blood pressure but also help to decrease your metabolism, respiration rate, and muscle tension.
- Try socializing! Ample evidence shows that maintaining stimulating social relationships is critical for both mental and physical health. Create a healthy environment, inviting friends, family and even pets to combat stress and exercise all your brains.
- Take control of your situation and stress. There’s strong connections between stress resiliency and psychological empowerment. Empowering yourself with a feeling of control over your own situation can help reduce chronic stress and give you the confidence to take control over your brain health.
- Be as positive as you can be! How you think about what stresses you can actually make a difference. Simply changing the way you look at certain situations, taking stock of the positive things in your life and learning to live with gratitude can improve your ability to manage stress and build brain resilience.