The 27 stressful life events that can damage and age your brain – and how to prevent or reverse it!

the 27 stressful life events that can damage and age your brainThere are 27 stressful events that can age our brain by up to four years, and increase the risk of dementia, researchers from the University of Wisconsin have found.

To assess the mental damage that stressful experiences can have on us, the researchers tested over 1300 people aged in their 50s and 60s on their mental abilities, and then asked them about stresses that had happened in their lives. They discovered a strong connection between poor cognition and lifetime stress, with each stressful event causing the brain to age around four years.

The 27 stressful events they identified are:

1. Repeating a year at school

2. Being sent away from home for doing something wrong

3. Father or mother were unemployed

4. One or both parents suffered an alcohol problem

5. One or both parents abused drugs

6. Dropping out of school

7. Expelled from school

8. Failed school or university

9. Fired from a job

10. Unemployed for a long period

11. Death of a parent when young

12. Parents divorced

13. Spouse or partner had an affair

14. Major difficulties with in-laws

15. Death of a sibling

16. Death of a child

17. Your child suffers life-threatening illness or accident

18. Lost the family home from flood or fire

19. Physically assaulted

20. Sexually assaulted

21. Suffering serious legal difficulties

22. Imprisoned

23. Declared bankrupt

24. Suffered financial loss or loss of property

25. Went on welfare

26. Joined the armed forces

27. Experienced active combat.

Children and teenagers can have their own stressful events, such as being expelled from school or having abusive parents.

Here’s the good news – meditation can reverse the damage of stress, and even prevent it happening in the first place!

You see what the researchers didn’t do is compare the study to people who have gone through hugely stressful times but transformed their stresses through the art and science of meditation.

The most powerful ‘fact’ is simply this: it’s your perception of an event that causes a biology ‘event’ in your body   This is the new biology which empowers people to take control of their lives – and ‘fate’

Failure, for example, may be an ‘end point’ for some, spiralling into depression – but with the right mindset and support, even ‘declaring bankruptcy’ can become a stepping stone to even greater success!

(Source: Proceedings of the 2017 Alzheimer’s Association International Conference, 16 July, 2017 London)

September 3, 2017
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Jaime Tanna

Jaime Tanna is an international teacher and energy therapist specialising in the healing arts. As the visionary founder and director of Energy Therapy, Jaime is an experienced Spiritual Teacher/Mentor, Reiki Master, Yoga Teacher, Sound Healer and Intuitive, and brings a wide array of different skills to the healing table. Coming from a family of pharmacists and doctors, Jaime grew up with a strong allopathic model of the world but quickly saw the limitations of that paradigm. Today, with clients and students throughout the world, Jaime specialises in personal and spiritual development, yoga and meditation, and clearing and rebalancing the human energy field inspiring clients and students to connect to their deepest being to create a life lived on purpose, and with joy!

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