TED-Ed on How Stress Changes the Brain

According to the Mayo Clinic, stress is a normal psychological and physical reaction to positive or negative life situations. It isn’t abnormal for stress to occur; however, the way it’s dealt with is important to personal health.

It’s important to counter stress by adopting a healthy lifestyle to help clear the mind and improve the body’s immune system. You can start with some basic stress reducers — exercise regularly, eat a healthy diet, get a full night’s sleep and responsibly consume alcohol.

In this educational TED-Ed video, Madhumita Murgia shows how chronic stress can affect brain size, structure and function. Studies show that when you experience continuous stress, your brain can actually change.

For more information on TED-Ed visit, ed.ted.com, and for information on stress see the National Institute of Mental Health’s Fact Sheet on Stress.