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To Bust Stress, Turn Your Attention to the Positive

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Mark Hollis


Chronic stress ,caused by prolonged disruptions to our normal rhythms, can be detrimental to mental health, but the brain is resilient and adaptable. BrainHealth clinician Stacy Vernon, MS, LCP, suggests taking steps to adopt a mindset for resiliency. First, identify how stress affects your body, what it feels like, where you become tense – then respond with five deep breaths, to help you move into a more relaxed state. Secondly, become more aware of how you focus your thoughts, and how that affects your attitude choose to focus on what you can control and what you are thankful for. AARP Texas is hosting a four-part Facebook Live series on brain health with presenters from Center for Brain Health, covering topics like how to care for others compassionately, regain cognitive losses, and maximize brain performance.Read full story on AARP

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Stacy Vernon, MS, LPC

Program Manager, Head of Adult Assessment


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