We're all stressed, right?
Having to deal with a 2020 school year doesn't make it any easier.
We can however learn about one of the many reasons we feel so stressed.
No, not because they keep trying to talk to us while we're in class, it's because there is a genetic component of stress that parents can pass down. According to a study conducted in 2013, chronic stress can lead to a fight or flight response in the body. This causes an increase in the expression of genes that lead to inflammation which is not good. It increases the risk of health problems such as heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. These changes in your DNA can cause genes to become silenced by methylation which is a process that puts a methyl group on DNA to keep it from working. It then gets passed down, silenced, to the next generation. But don't stress too much about stress because there are many ways to reduce it. Meditation, listening to music, and exercise are just three things you can add to your daily routine to help yourself out a bit. With the pandemic and academic stress, we all need to take the time to chill. So brew some tea, not coffee, put on some music, and be a couch potato for a few minutes a day.