— Stress and Neurological Health — Beyond the pressures of our personal lives, stress levels are mounting due to the escalation COVID-19. Managing stress can help create calmness and lower blood pressure. Beyond those immediate emotional and physical benefits, studies show stress management may also reduce future risk factors for disease. To counter the negative effects of stress on patients’ current and future neurological health, Florida Neurologist Dr. Deborah Boland is stressing important tips for stress control in daily life.
Stress-Related Disorders Leading to Neurodegenerative Diseases
In March 2020, JAMA Neurology published an article suggesting a link between stress and the development of neurological disorders later in life. Researchers noted an increased risk of developing neurodegenerative conditions, such as Alzheimer’s Disease, in individuals with stress-related disorders. Many previous studies have linked dementia and other conditions to stress, but this recent study notably links stress to neurodegenerative diseases with a vascular component.
Stress and Anxiety as Triggers in Neurological Disorders
Also, as Dr. Boland’s patients at Be Mobile Neurology may attest, increased stresses can trigger certain symptoms associated with neurological disorders. Individuals with neurodegenerative conditions, such as dementia or Parkinson’s Disease, often experience increased symptoms during stressful situations.
Similarly, individuals with sleep disorders, headaches, and neurological disorders like Essential Tremor or Tourette Syndrome, may also experience worsening conditions due to increased psychological stress. In Tourette’s, for example, anything from a family argument to workload anxiety could trigger increased tics, such as vocal sounds or repetitive movements.
Focus Areas for Stress Reduction and Lifestyle Improvement Tips
A healthy lifestyle is essential for preventing disease and controlling neurological conditions. Depending on a patient’s medical history and treatment plans, Dr. Boland often points to these focus areas:
- Health and Nutrition: Proper hydration and nutritious foods with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants are a resource for energy and metabolic support for physical and mental health.
- Exercise and Fitness: Invigorating exercises, such as Yoga, Pilates, Tai Chi, running, or walking can be helpful for expending energy, improving focus, releasing endorphins, and relieving stress.
- Rest and Mindfulness: Sleeping 7 to 9 hours per night and incorporating meditation (breathing exercises, visualizations, mindfulness) into daily life can provide stress-relief and improve health.
Consult with a medical expert for support and guidance to help you relax or destress. With stress-free telemedicine services provided by Tampa-based Be Mobile Neurology, Dr. Boland’s patients can access neurological care and expert solutions via phone or video consults from the comforts of home.