Over the past twelve months much has been said about the importance of healthy habits and routine and their impact on our health and wellbeing. When we are stressed and under pressure often the first things to slip are ‘priorities of self’ like exercise, mindful practices, decompression time (which may or may not be social) and good food choices. Less is said about what happens to our habits of mind when we are stressed and under pressure.
It is well documented that stress (especially chronic stress) impacts our brains negatively and can result in brain shrinkage, changes in structure, loss of memory and trigger, or exacerbate, mental health issues. Our habits of mind are also impacted by stress, and we can regress to many negative and unhelpful patterns that also then impact our health and wellbeing, as well as our functioning and relationships.
Firstly a little on habits generally... habits are formed in order to increase efficiency in the brain, leaving space...
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