Stress reduction is big business these days. Meditation. Yoga. Mindfulness. Massage. Tai Chi. We know relaxation and restorative sleep are good for us—but did you know that is also important for good brain health?

Stress causes the release of a hormone called cortisol, which can be helpful in a short term stressful situation (think “fight or flight”). But over a long period of time, such as for people under chronic stress, raised levels of cortisol can damage brain cells.  

Staying Sharp provides a wide variety of articles and activities designed to help manage stress and get better sleep. Learn more by joing AARP today and getting Staying Sharp for free.