Chronic stress can negatively impact our ability to make decisions and think clearly, lead to depression, cognitive decline, and Alzheimer’s symptoms. Under constant stress the body is not able to reset. “High adrenaline and cortisol levels persist, potentially causing blood sugar imbalances and blood pressure problems, and whittling away at muscle tissue, bone density, immunity and inflammatory responses. These events block the formation of new neural connections in the hippocampus, the part of the brain responsible for encoding new memories. When these new connections are blocked, the hippocampus can actually shrink in size, hindering memory.” Six tips include: Engage in aerobic exercise, relaxation, socialization, feel empowered and in control, laugh, and think positively.