We are learning more and more from neuroscientists about the working of the brain and the impact of the stress hormone Cortisol on the performance of our brain, and impact this has on our performance at work.

The Hippocampus:

  • Stores information, facts, figures, memories.
  • It has lots of receptors in order to store the information.
  • When the stress hormone, Cortisol is released the receptors in the Hippocampus suck up Cortisol and it stops the neurons from working. We find it hard to either remember information or retrieve it.
  • Chronic levels of Cortisol stops us from remembering or learning new things.

How do you reduce the levels of Cortisol that you experience?

  • Get a good night’s sleep – it is vitally important.
  • Exercise.
  • Breaks in your working day.
  • Learning techniques to manage your mind and brain.
  • Keep the right level of stimulation for the brain – more next week.
  • Challenge the brain, then rest it for a bit so it has time to recover.

 Next week we will look at how to increase your performance by increasing your dopamine levels.

‘No matter how much pressure you feel at work, if you could find ways to relax for at least five minutes every hour, you'd be more productive.’

Dr. Joyce Brothers

‘Being grown up means assuming responsibility for yourself, for your children – here’s the big curve – for your parents. In other words, you get to stay up later, but you want to go to sleep earlier!’

Wendy Wasserstein

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