25 Surprising Ways Stress Affects Your Health

The good news is that there is much you can do to reduce the impact of stress in your life.

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Too much of the stress hormone cortisol can interfere with the brain's ability to form new memories.

During acute stress, the hormone also interferes with neurotransmitters, the chemicals that brain cells use to communicate with each other. That can make it hard to think straight or retrieve memories.

While it's tough to limit stress in our hectic lives, some experts recommend trying meditation, among other solutions.

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