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Coronavirus Anxiety Is Placing Huge Demands on Our Brains

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The Dallas Morning News

Sandra B. Chapman


In times of stress and uncertainty, our brains need extra care to maintain optimal health. In this article Center for BrainHealth's Dr. Sandi Chapman reminds us of four science-backed tips to boost brain health. Check your stress levels by recognizing physical markers such as tense muscles or rapid heartbeat. To override the stress response, remind yourself the situation is temporary, take deep breaths, and appreciate the beauty around you. Focus on positive aspects of your life that you can control, such as relationships, nature or hobbies. Writing down what you are thankful for can help. Filter out what is beyond your control. Limit news consumption and disengage from negative conversations. And challenge your brain with novel and stimulating activities, like learning a new language or musical instrument. Following these brain-healthy tips, you can protect yourself from adverse effects of stress and uncertainty. Read the full article at The Dallas Morning News

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Sandra Bond Chapman, PhD

Chief Director Dee Wyly Distinguished Professor, School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences Co-Leader, The BrainHealth Project


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