How can the answer be “yes” and “no”?

The question is: does your brain learn well under stress? The answer is “yes”. And the answer is “no”. How can that be? Here is what  Henning Beck, author of “Scatterbrain: How the Mind’s Mistakes Make Humans Creative, Innovative and Successful” has to say:

Under stress the brain learns well for anything related to the stress, but learns poorly about anything not related to the stress.


Under acute stress noradrenaline is released and increases attention, and cortisol is released which which decreases distracting background “noise” . Theses two things let us focus and we can learn well and quickly. So the answer is YES.

Also, anything that is not related to the stress, the background noise,  is suppressed. Learning math when you are stressed about your health is much harder. So the answer is NO.

During these last years stressors, obvious and hidden, surround the world.  Isolation adds to the stress. 


Try FOREST BATHING to reduce stress

The idea is to go slow and let yourself take in nature – the sights, smells and sounds of the forest – notice things you might ordinarily miss.  It’s a meditation which helps clear your brain, and see your surroundings with fresh eyes. 

The practice began in Japan. Back in the early 1990s the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries coined the term Shinrin-yoku — which translates roughly as forest bathing.

“There’s a growing body of evidence that the practice can help boost immunity and mood and help reduce stress. “Medical researchers in Japan have studied forest bathing and have demonstrated several benefits to our health.”

One study published in 2011 compared the effects of walking in the city to taking a forest walk. Both activities required the same amount of physical activity, but researchers found that the forest environment led to more significant reductions in blood pressure and certain stress hormones. Read the full article and click HERE

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