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Six ways to ‘reboot your brain’ after a hard year of COVID-19 – according to science

There’s no doubt that 2020 was difficult for everyone and tragic for many. But now vaccines against COVID-19 are finally being administered – giving a much needed hope of a return to normality and a happy 2021.

However, months of anxiety, grief and loneliness can easily create a spiral of negativity that is hard to break out of. That’s because chronic stress changes the brain. And sometimes when we’re low we have no interest in doing the things that could actually make us feel better.

To enjoy our lives in 2021, we need to snap out of destructive habits and get our energy levels back. In some cases, that may initially mean forcing yourself to do the things that will gradually make you feel better. If you are experiencing more severe symptoms, however, you may want to speak to a professional about therapy or medication.

Read the following article from The Conversation by Barbara Sahakian, her Postdoctoral Research Associate Christelle Langley and Joanfeng Feng (Fudan University) for six evidenced-based ways to change our brains for the better. 

 

Posted on 12/01/2021

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