In normal times, we think of front liners as our first responders and military. Today, there are so many essential workers: grocery store employees, logistics distribution personnel, and teachers, to name just a few.
In keeping us healthy and safe, they all share the likelihood of more frequent – and higher – stress levels than the general population.
What happens inside our brains when stress increases, becomes chronic, and is unmitigated? Negative changes occur in the areas of the brain responsible for concentration, emotional regulation, and control of the autonomic nervous system. Stress can reduce decision-making capacity and the ability to focus and think clearly, increase heart rate and blood pressure, disturb sleep and impair the immune system – making us more vulnerable to sickness.
This is not the way any of us want to live. At the Center for BrainHealth, we have two decades of experience researching and delivering programs for professionals on the front lines to reverse the negative impacts of stress on the brain – and improve work performance, home lives and overall well-being. The results are measurable, and the impact can be noticeable, both for the individual and the community.
Reach out today to someone on the “2020 front lines” to express gratitude – support – respect. Go the extra mile and share with them a special offering from BrainHealth, tailored just for them and free of charge: Stress Resilience for the Front Line. If this sounds like something that could benefit you, check it out for yourself!
P.S. View and share my posts on LinkedIn and Facebook. Stay tuned to next week: a deeper dive into practical brain-healthy strategies to stay mentally flexible during this time of extraordinary stress.
Published July 31, 2020
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