Cognitive Decline and Stress
Tuesday, June 08, 2021
Recently I had an MRI to check for signs of Dementia or Alzheimer's Disease in my brain. Thank God, there were no signs. My next area to look at is my stress levels. I have experienced a high level of chronic stress over the past year. It is time for me to slow down and listen to the signs of too much stress.
First, I am a teacher in the middle of a pandemic. Everything in my life seems to be changing without notice. Second, my mother died of COVID 19 in the middle of this pandemic. I am still grieving her loss. Third, I have not seen my youngest son and his family in over a year. I miss them very much.
Chronic stress is a contributing factor to cognitive aging. According to Awaken.com,
research in the last several decades shows those who experience persistent or high levels of stress are especially vulnerable. The article went on to explain that positive emotions can help to lower our stress levels, while anger can raise them.
My job this summer is to lower my stress with meditation, exercise and visiting with family. I also plan to continue to meet with my pastor for counseling. It is my goal to stay in good health physically, emotionally and mentally until my little grandkids graduate from college. I'll start with enjoying my summer.