How Stress Affects Your Brain

TEDEd hits another homerun with this short, visually appealing video on the impact of chronic stress on the brain. Once you understand how stress affects your physical body, the decision to implement one or both of the antidotes described at the end of the video become a no-brainer.

From TEDEd: Stress isn’t always a bad thing; it can be handy for a burst of extra energy and focus, like when you’re playing a competitive sport or have to speak in public. But when it’s continuous, it actually begins to change your brain. Madhumita Murgia shows how chronic stress can affect brain size, its structure, and how it functions, right down to the level of your genes.

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