Is Stress to Blame for Your Memory Lapses?

Is Stress to Blame for Your Memory Lapses?

We’ve heard for years how stress can wreak havoc on your body. Now, it’s clear stress also can harm your mind.

Whether it’s short-term stress (17 people are coming for Thanksgiving dinner and your oven just went on the blink) or long-term (a loved one is seriously ill), the body releases powerful fight-or-flight stress hormones (adrenaline, cortisol).

While these hormones do sharpen attention and spur us to take needed action, humans weren’t designed to handle high levels of stress hormones day after day, year after year.

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