How Stress Changes Your Brain

Our hard-wired stress response is designed to gives us the quick burst of heightened alertness and energy needed to perform our best. But as we have each experienced for ourselves, stress isn’t all good. When activated too long or too often, stress can damage virtually every part of our body. Continuous stress can actually change the physical structure and make up of our brain.

In this super interesting video, TED contributor Madhumita Murgia shows how chronic stress can affect brain size, its structure, and how it functions, right down to the level of our genes.

A regular meditation practice can help us manage the adverse effects of chronic stress. Click here for info on our upcoming workshop Learn to Build a Meditation Practice on Saturday, February 27th.