Taking time to recognize and manage stress now may protect your health down the road. In a new long-term study, women who had experienced more stressful events during middle age showed greater memory decline later in life. Interestingly, experiences that bring happiness, like getting married or having a baby, counted as stressful life events. Even if you feel like you’re handling what life throws at you, from day-to-day pressures to major curveballs, chronic stress takes a toll. Rather than saving relaxation for an annual vacation, think about ways to incorporate a stress management technique and practice into your daily or weekly routine. Practices like yoga, meditation, and tai chi, all shown in research to ease stress, can help you gain a sense of calm. If you don’t know where to start, take a few classes and see what resonates with you. Physical exercise, anything from walking to swimming to dancing, can also help you manage events that are stressful, while doing many other good things for your heart, too.
Source: Stressful life events and cognitive decline: Sex differences in the Baltimore Epidemiologic Catchment Area Follow‐Up Study
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