I saw this on social media a while back, as was like, “Ain’t that the truth!?”

Can you relate?

Many could.

But here’s the truth: unfortunately, stress damages our brain.

How Stress Damages the Brain

Stress, pressure, fatigue, poor diet, alcohol, and drugs damage neural connections between the brain’s prefrontal cortex—or “CEO”—and the rest of the brain. When you are overtired or under intense mental or physical stress, the brain bypasses its “higher,” more evolved, rational frontal executive circuits—it starts using more primitive stimulus/response pathways. Consequently, you respond to daily demands without thinking; you make impulsive, shortsighted decisions. When the CEO goes “offline,” strong emotions such as fear and anger take over, adversely coloring your view of the world.

When we continually force our brain into the stress response system, it can also contribute to inflammation in the brain.

Stress is no joke.

And the cumulative impact of it reminds us of the importance of effective stress management strategies for maintaining cognitive function and mental well-being.

So how do we know if the stress in our lives is starting to affect our health?

Here are 7 signs that it’s time to prioritize your well-being:

1. Persistent fatigue: Feeling consistently tired despite adequate rest may very well indicate the need to prioritize your well-being.

2. Increased stress levels: If stress is becoming overwhelming and starting to affect your daily functioning, it’s crucial to prioritize self-care and create a wellness toolbox for yourself.

3. Changes in sleep patterns: Disrupted sleep or insomnia can be signs that your well-being needs attention.

4. Lack of motivation: Persistent feelings of apathy or disinterest in activities may signal a need for self-care.

5. Physical symptoms: Unexplained physical issues, like headaches or digestive problems, may be linked to neglecting your well-being.

6. Difficulty concentrating: If focus and productivity decline, it may be time to prioritize your mental and emotional health.

7. Neglected self-care routines: If you find yourself consistently neglecting self-care practices, it’s a clear indicator to start prioritizing your well-being.

It’s important to remember that our brain, which is the leading conductor in our body’s orchestra, is not invincible to the toll of chronic stress.

If you’re reading this and are nodding your head, if this is speaking to you, it might be time to make a plan to course-correct your own well-being path. You can take charge of your stress, choosing harmony over dis-ease.

By recognizing the significance of stress management, you unlock the gateway to a healthier, more resilient you. The urgency of self-care if we neglect our own care it isn’t a question of if we will regret it, it’s a question of when. Remember that taming stress is not just a luxury but a necessity.

If you are finally ready to start avoiding stress and burnout, I would love to invite you to Busy To Bliss: The Self-Care Membership Community. Here, you will learn how to keep stress at bay, prioritize your self-care, and reclaim your time, energy and joy. Our community is epic – and waiting to embrace you with open arms.

Remember to be kind to yourself. Please practice grace and compassion as you navigate your wellness journey.

With love,

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Erica Diamond


Teaching women how to prioritize SELF-CARE, Erica Diamond is a Certified Life Coach and Certified Yoga & Meditation Teacher, Lifestyle and Parenting Correspondent on Global TV, Founder of Bliss Essential (, Professional Speaker, Host of The Erica Diamond Podcast, Course Creator of Busy To Bliss (, Author of the women’s entrepreneurial book 99 Things Women Wish They Knew Before Starting Their Own Business, and Founder & Editor-In-Chief of the Award-Winning Lifestyle Platform® (previously®). Erica Diamond has been named to the coveted list of The Top 20 Women in Canada, FORBES Magazine’s Top 100 Sites for Women and a Profit Hot 50 Canadian Company. Erica Diamond was the Spokesperson for National Entrepreneurship Day and is a Huffington Post contributor.