We know it is not good for us.Ai?? We know it by just how it makes us feel.Ai?? We promise ourselves we will deal with it once our next big project is done, or by planning our once-a-year, one-week vacation … but in the end, it never leaves us for long, and we succumb to the idea that it is simply a normal, perhaps even necessary, part of life.Ai?? Yes, we are talking about stress.

Are you stressed?Ai?? Do you know what it is like not to have stress?Ai?? Do you stress yourself, or do you find that others constantly stress you, making it impossible to ever live without it?Ai?? Did you know that stress damages virtually every kind of cognition that exists?Ai?? It can actually damage memory and executive functions, as well as hurt your motor-skills.Ai?? Over a period of time it even disrupts your immune response, causing you to get sick more often.Ai?? You also lose your ability to get enough sleep, which in turn leads to depression.Ai?? In short, it is a constant wear and tear on both your mind and your body.

The story gets worse.Ai?? Studies show that stress over longer periods of time has been linked with an increased risk of dementia and Alezheimer’s disease.Ai??Ai??While we all know the obvious signs of stress … racing heart, sweaty palms, uneasy belly, etc., we are far less familiar with low-grade, ongoing stress that doesn’t reveal itself with such obvious symptoms.Ai?? According to experts, however, the chemicals that the body produces are the same.Ai?? In the simplest terms, it boils down to our innate survival instincts known as the “fight or flight” response, which triggers chemicals in the brain and body designed to help us manage threatening situations.Ai?? So, when you stress, think of it as if you had stumbled upon a grizzly bear on the road.Ai?? Those feelings that would immediately overtake your body are the same feelings that stress gives you, only spread out over a longer period of time.

What few people realize is the often detrimental influence of adrenaline on the body. When we physically overexert ourselves (even through exercise) or get excited, or even stressed, adrenaline and other hormones kick in that take their toll.Ai?? Over time, virtually no part of the body is unaffected by these powerful chemicalsai??i??which are not meant to be overused.Ai?? Moderation in all matters is not such a bad idea.

Of course, we have stated before that, although all 16 Brain Types stress, some seem to do so more often, and with more intensity.Ai?? Take the #2 BEAR vs. the #15 FCIL, for instance.Ai?? The #2‘s overall mentality in life is much more “live and let live,” as they are not naturally driven to attack life with an iron fist.Ai?? The #15, in contrast, is extremely driven, willing to work long hours and late nights to accomplish his or her Conceptual goals.Ai?? All to say, we have noticed a tendency for #2s to live longer than some of the other designs.Ai?? Granted, their lives may not have been as full (or even as meaningful), but given that they are not innately prone to overly burden themselves with the cares of tomorrow (nurture and some amount of nature can alter this), they simply have less stress.Ai?? On the positive side, they usually donai??i??t take matters too seriously, but a potential liability arises when they tend to run from issues with which they should attend to.Ai?? Yet, whether you are a #2, a #15, or any of the remaining 14 inborn designs, the words of Jesus from the Gospels ring true: “Do not concern yourself with tomorrow, for each day has enough trouble of its own.”

Unfortunately, most people deal with stress in the wrong ways.Ai?? Overeating, drinking alcohol, drugs, and smoking cigarettes are common outlets we choose to employ.Ai?? Yet, all of these increase the risk of damage to the brain in the form of a stroke and more.

So, what can we do to counter stress?Ai?? One practical answer comes from the world of science.Ai?? Only 20 minutes of relaxation a day can work wonders, according to experts, whether it be in the form of yoga, exercise, prayer, and/or meditation.Ai?? According to a study by researchers at the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind/Body Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, consistently engaging in these activities may actually turn off the genes that are activated by stress.Ai?? Other techniques you can employ include diaphragmatic breathing, muscle relaxation, repetitive prayer (so as not to overly think), mild exercise, and getting enough sleep (6-8 hours).Ai?? The research showed that relaxation training resulted in dramatic changes at the cellular level.

Lastly, while certain Brain Types may be more prone to high-intensity stress (Front brain Inanimates, for instance), other designs are more prone to worry, notably your Back brain Animates (and particularly Left brained).Ai?? Truth be told, stress and worry are close cousins, and it just goes to show that every one of us is prone to some form of stress (with varying debilitating effects), and that the majority of it can be boiled down to one simple thing … worrying about tomorrow.

Our simple advice?Ai?? It’s already been given.Ai?? “Do not concern yourself with tomorrow, for each day has enough trouble of its own.”

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