Stress Is the New Normal
Surveys show that while everyone agrees that stress makes us unhealthy and unproductive, 83 percent of us are doing nothing about it. It’s because people and companies have given up. They’ve accepted stress as if it were the new normal. But recognizing the various symptoms and signs you’re stressed—and the way they affect your memory, your thinking, your relationships, and mood—can help empower you to take a different tack.
You have trouble making decisions.
Why: One study found that when rats experience episodes of uncontrollable stress, they can’t reliably identify the larger of two rewards. What’s more, their decision-making stays impaired for several days. The greater the stress, the greater the chance we’ll make bad decisions. Here are some other, scary ways that stress impacts your brain.