These natural brain boosts can help alleviate symptoms of stress, anxiety, depression and improve overall physical and mental health.

SeekerPublished: July 10, 2018
Published: July 10, 2018

The term "creative juices" may have more truth to it than one might think. Brain-derived neurotrophic factor, or BDNF, works to stimulate, maintain, and support neuronal growth in the brain and nervous system. It also helps create more synaptic connections, which in turn can help get bust a creative rut. Integral to processes of learning and memory, BDNF may help prevent neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's. Releasing it is as easy as performing light exercise, such as taking a walk.

In fact, practicing small changes like adding more walking in your routine can have many mental and physical benefits. One of the most important is making sure to get enough sleep. While sleeping, many crucial biological processes take place: cerebrospinal fluid flushes toxins out of the brain, cleaning more thoroughly the more time spent asleep. The hippocampus also encodes and preserves memories and solidifies information from the previous day. Taken together, lifestyle adjustments like this can do everything from alleviate symptoms of anxiety to improve heart and immune function.

While our work, home, and school lives may be stressful, using these simple tips, backed by science, can reduce psychosocial stress and help us all become better––or at least more physically and mentally healthy––versions of ourselves.

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