Stress & The Brain: Positive & Negative Side Effects

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An example of this purpose-driven stress is finishing a degree in school. The end result will open doors, but in order to arrive, you have to embark on a journey that is at times stressful with exams and deadlines. Positive stress sends your neural-endocrine axis on an entirely different journey than negative stress—one that strengthens brain health by creating additional neuro-connections and reducing inflammation. Positive stress can actually be the strongest link in the chain to protecting your long-term brain health.