As the result of a recently published study conducted by the University of Bristol and the King’s College London, researchers now have a much better understanding of how stress affects the human brain. Researchers believe that the study, which examined non-genetic factors that inform how the brain absorbs the impact of stress, will lead to the development of medications and other types of treatments that will serve to make chronic stress a condition that is no longer debilitating to sufferers.
While the study’s findings are very promising, it’s important to understand that at least a decade of research and development will have to occur before its findings be turned into actionable treatment options
Since chronic stress can greatly increase a person’s risk factor for contracting serious illnesses such as hypertension, stroke and cancer, it’s important to utilize proven stress-busting techniques until newer, potentially more effective treatments become available.
For instance, taking a few minutes to control your breathing after encountering a particularly intense situation can moderate the effect stress has on the body, such as elevated blood pressure and heart rate. Massage is also a known stress fighting treatment because it can induce the body’s relaxation response, a reaction that causes the brain to release a significant amount of hormones into the bloodstream that actively combat the effects of stress.
Read the full article here: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/04/160412105958.htm