What’s in it for me? Discover how stressful experiences in childhood can have a huge impact on our health as adults – and what we can do about it.
We all have painful or traumatic memories from our childhood. Whether it was being in the middle of a hateful divorce, the death of a favorite pet or even something as terrible as losing your parents, the pain of these experiences can stay with you for the rest of your life.
To a certain extent this is a normal part of growing up. A little adversity helps us grow into healthy, resilient grown-ups. But there are limits. As these blinks will show, children who have a history of what psychologists call ACEs or Adverse Childhood Experiences, are more likely to suffer from physical as well as psychological problems later in life.
Luckily, there are ways to deal with this. By understanding the underlying mechanisms of stress and how it affects us we can learn to be better parents and help children get the childhood they need to become happy adults.
In these blinks you’ll learn
- how stress is handled by the body;
- why forgiveness is so important; and
- how you can make your brain better at dealing with stress.