If you’re feeling so stressed right now, you’re not alone.
A recent study notes that one in four Americans think they’re going through high levels of stress. And 50% of the US population says they’re suffering from moderate stress. 
With all the multitude of things that go on around us – work, relationships, finances, even everyday stressors like traffic – this isn’t a news flash at all. We’re living in a hyperactive world that it’s hard not to get troubled by different worries.
Stress is our body’s manifestation of fight-or-flight, a coping mechanism necessary for survival. This throws back all the way to the ancient days when stress prompted humans to survive threats, like a wild boar chasing sapiens in the forest. 
But too much stress – especially when gone unchecked – can affect our body in many ways.
One of them? It saps us of energy.
It may sound like a joke – but there’s scientific evidence to this.
According to neuroscientists at the University of California, Berkeley, chronic stress impacts brain structure and function in the long-term. 
High levels of cortisol over long periods of time wreak havoc on your brain literally causing it to shrink in size! Chronic stress shrinks your pre-frontal cortex, which is responsible for regulating behaviours like concentration, decision-making, judgement and social interaction. It also kills, shrinks and causes loss of synaptic connections between neurones in the hippocampus, the part of your brain that is vital for learning, memory and stress control.
When the hippocampus weakens, so does your ability to manage stress, as well as to learn and remember things. Shockingly, chronic stress eventually sets the stage for more severe mental problems, like depression and eventually Alzheimer’s disease.
When we’re stressed, our immune system becomes weak. Chronic stress also affects the function of other organs and cells in our system.
This is how it happens:
Neurotransmitters are brain cells’ way of communicating with each other. Some of the commonly known neurotransmitters are serotonin (happy hormones), adenosine (present in caffeine), and dopamine (for reward, memory, learning, and attention).
An imbalance and deficiency in neurotransmitters manifests in depression, mood problems, and other psychological disorders. This can wreak havoc on your general mood and energy levels.
And this is caused by a number of factors. One of them is – yep you guessed it – chronic stress.
Ever had that moment when you’re so panicky and stressed you could hardly think?
This isn’t a fluke. It’s a natural occurrence. And this is because certain parts of your brain, which are involved in deep thinking, decide to shut down.
According to this article “Everyday Stress Can Shut Down the Brain's Chief Command Center”: 
“Prefrontal cortical areas, which serve as the brain’s executive command centers, normally hold our emotions in check by sending signals to tone down activity in primitive brain systems. Under even everyday stresses, the prefrontal cortex can shut down, allowing the amygdala, a locus for regulating emotional activity, to take over, inducing mental paralysis and panic.”
By turning off our brain’s essential parts for higher level of thinking and activating those involved in fear, chronic stress can lead to poor decisions, which can negatively impact our health and energy in the long term.
This could be one of the more obvious ways of stress disrupting our lifestyle. It’s just so hard to sleep when you have racing thoughts that won’t stop.
Disruption in circadian rhythm can cause the following: 
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