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.