Stress Shrinks Your Brain

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A study published in 2018 in Neurology shows that our brans suffer when the primary stress hormone, cortisol, rises too high in our body’s system. Even in young and middle-aged adults, these high levels were associated with a smaller brain volume.

Stress is something everyone deals with. Right now, many are panicking over the coronavirus. People panic over things that are beyond their contol and these things will often lead to affects on their health and every day lifes. So how can we remind ourselves not to stress?

I used to be one of those people who would panic when something happened. Today, I ask myself is it worth my time to panic? Will panic help the situation? Will being upset resolve anything? The answer to these are often a resounding NO, but usually when we have heightened emotional responses, all common sense flies out the window.

Here are some tips I often turn to when I am feeling overwhelmed.

 

5 Tips For Facing Challenges In A Positive Way.

 

1. Pause and Breathe. Our breath is a quick way to ground ourselves into the present moment. When we worry about the future we are not present. When we stress over something that happened seven years ago, we are not present. By brining our mental awareness to our breath, we are grounding ourselves into the here and now, where our power truely exists.

2Reflect. After you have taken at least three deep breaths, think about someone you admire. I admire Elon Musk as well as his mother, Maye Musk. What would Maye do in a similar situation? I am reading her book, A Woman Makes A Plan, which shares her life experiences. How would she react to the corona virus? Would she panic and worry that she is going to catch it or would she be proactive when it comes to prevention? I can tell you what she would say. She would say to eat foods that would boost your immune system and to seek medical help if you do fall ill. Who do you you look up to and how would they handle your problem?

3. Ask For Help. If you, like I do, believe we have spirit guides or guardian angels, ask. If you are religious, take a moment to pray. Ask for guidance, wisdom or calming energy. Ask to be shown that light at the end of the tunnel. Perhaps you know someone who is good at giving unbiased advice. Having another perspective on a problem will definitley help you solve it as well as see it from a different angle.

4. Time Out. This is crucial. Sometimes we need to step away from a problem. Even if we are thinking we are so close to solving it we just need ten more minutes,we need to take a few steps back for two of those minutes. Fresh air, a sip of water, or anything that helps you to set up some breathing space.

5. Plan it. What’s the ideal solution and how can you make it happen? What needs to be done–even if it is hard or seems impossible? Make an action plan–even if its just in your head–and stick to it. Impossible is simply a combination of two words “I’m possible,” so is it really that hard?

Remember, when you worry about a problem, you put all of your mental focus onto that problem and you feed it. Instead, address it by trying to figure out a solution. Problems are challenges that keep us on our toes. They can be horrible things or perhaps they can be a lesson that will help you learn to be more creative while addressing those issues.

 

 

 

Hi, I’m Johnna

I’m an artist from Shreveport, LA who learned the art of wire wrapping gems and minerals into jewelry from Grammy winning musician, Daryl Thompson, who became like a father to me.

He is the one who intrudoced me to the healing world of crystals and I have been learning every since.

This world is ancient but can be applied to modern day times. 

My life is hectic–I work from home, am mothering a kitten who almost died, and am living the life of my dreams.

However, we always have to stay grounded and what keeps me grounded is working with the healing gifts of the mineral kingdom to create something.

Every single one of my jewelry designs has a person that is meant just for it. 

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