Robert Sapolsky, professor of neurology and neurological sciences at Standford University, has done numerous research on stress and stress-related diseases. He has been studying wild baboons in Africa for 23 years, linking personality and patterns of stress-related diseases in these animals. His work has made him one of the leading neurologists in the world. He is author of many books, including “Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers: An Updated Guide to Stress, Stress-Related Disease and Coping” and “A primate’s memoir“. In this video, he responds to the following questions:
Is stress good for us?
How does chronic stress affect the brain?
Is there any good news?
He recommends regular exercise, meditation and stress management tools in order to avoid prolonged stress, which has been proven to cause many physical and mental conditions.
One of my ways to cope with stress is to regularly practise tai chi and chi gung. Tai chi and chi gung help me to be more present and grounded, to improve my body awareness and to avoid living through my thoughts, resulting in a reduction of my anxiety and stress levels.
Could tai chi and/or chi gung be your stress management tool too?