This is your brain on pandemic: What chronic stress is doing to us

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More than half of Canadians report increased stress during the pandemic — and it’s the kind of chronic and unpredictable stress that tends to leave people unfocussed and unproductive. (Shutterstock)


(Stephanie Hogan/ CBC News) — Back in the 1980s, there was a public service announcement on TV that you may remember — or may have seen on YouTube.

A guy in a kitchen held up an egg and said, “This is your brain.” Then he cracked the egg into a hot frying pan, and said, “This is your brain on drugs.”

One year into this pandemic, your brain might be feeling a bit like that egg: Fried.

“Everything is so much harder,” said Stephanie Johnson, a client relationship executive who lives in Toronto. “I don’t have the motivation that I used to have. I don’t have the efficiency that I used to have.”

“Defeated” is how Vas Smountas, a freelance graphic designer, describes it. Also living in Toronto, she describes herself these days as “tired, defeated, foggy, unmotivated.” (…)

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