Stress is difficult to avoid but Neuroscientist Dr Sarah McKay says there are different kinds of stress that have varying impacts on the brain. In this interview, Deborah asks Sarah as we move north of our 40s what preventive measures can we take to try and avoid dementia.
Deborah raises the question of stress and the impact it has on our brains and Sarah explains how a little bit of stress is good for achieving goals, but when it becomes overwhelming it is important to have mechanisms and strategies in place to reduce it and promote good brain health. Tips for reducing stress include:
- Work on your relaxation and breathing techniques – yoga and meditation are great for this
- Get a good night’s sleep
- Avoid alcohol, eat regularly and exercise daily, even if it’s only walking 20 minutes a day
- Do things you’re good at that pose a level of challenge
Learn more about brain health on Sarah’s website Your Brain Health
Dr Sarah McKay is an Oxford University-educated PhD neuroscientist, science writer, TEDx speaker, and Founder of The Neuroscience Academy.
She has distilled 22 years of learning, research, teaching, and writing about the mind and brain into this blog and her online programs.
Her calling is to move neuroscience out of the lab and the research journal and translate it into tools, language and stories you can use to promote health, happiness, and resilience.