Your Brain on Stress: The Damaging Domino Effect of Having Too Much on Your Mind
Do you ever have that feeling that there are not enough hours in a day? A towering pile of things-to-do is growing in every corner of your life. You are watching the clock trying to slow the fingers down. You have a constant headache, feel exhausted yet have difficulty getting a good night’s sleep.
Sound familiar? The guilty culprit is stress. It is lurking in the most innocuous places like your appointment book, the kid’s car pool, the dry cleaners, and probably nowhere more than your boss’s office. Stress is everywhere.
Believe it or not stress doesn’t have to be your enemy. In moderate amounts it can improve performance and productivity. But if you’re grinding your teeth until your jaw aches, and the person in the mirror looks familiar but is glaring back, you’re probably have too much of the stuff and if you don’t do something soon it could kill you.
Stress is linked to each of the six leading causes of death – cancer, heart disease, cirrhosis of the liver, lung diseases, and suicide. That’s an impressive line-up but you can beat stress and it could be one of the most important things you ever do in your life.
How Stress Affects Brain Function
Stress can also mess with your brain. Chronic stress can affect your brain in the following ways:
- It can create free radicals that kill brain cells.
- It can wreck your concentration and make you forgetful.
- It can create fear and anxiety.
- It can lead to depression.
- It makes you feel over-emotional.
- It allows toxins to enter your brain.
- It can increase your risk of dementia.
How to De-Stress Using Art
You don’t have to be an artist to use creativity to help alleviate your stress. All you need to do is to color. Adult coloring books are becoming increasingly popular, and there are a number of good reasons why.
Not only does coloring relieve stress, it has the same effects as meditation, such as slowing your heart rate and lowering blood pressure. It also stimulates the areas of the brain related to creativity. It’s a fun hobby and a great way to chill out. And now you don’t have to carry a coloring book and pencils or ink pens wherever you go, thanks to a great new idea.
Apalon Apps for Android have designed a unique coloring app that you can take with you everywhere to help combat stress. Its features include: a variety of coloring designs including animals, places, mandalas, birds and flowers. With more than 25 colorful palettes and several types of brush you can have hour s of relaxing fun. When you’re picture is finished, you can add textures or vignettes and share with friends and family.
Start your journey today into a world of peace and relaxation, unwind after a hard day at work, release Don’t let stress get the better of you. Download the app today.
Charlie Harper works as a therapist and writes articles to help people lessen the stress and get their life, and more often mind, back in control of the situation through music and art.