7. Don’t: Stress Out
We know—easier said than done. While some stress and anxiety may help motivate you to meet an approaching deadline, taking on too much backfires and prevents the brain from absorbing information as efficiently as it should, Mastrianni says. In the short-term, you’ll feel overwhelmed when these triggers build up. And over time, the long-term effects of stress hormones like cortisol can actually damage and destroy brain cells.
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