Why We Need to Be Concerned About Brain Health: Narcissistic Abuse Recovery

Written by Angela Atkinson

Did you know that your brain can be affected in some big ways by narcissistic abuse in toxic relationships? It’s true.

If you think of your body as a computer of sorts, your brain acts as your operating system. It helps you to navigate and make sense of the world around you. The term “brain health” refers to how well your brain is able to perform such tasks as learning, concentrating, remembering, playing and managing your bodily functions.

During times of stress, including during toxic relationships – along with aging and other particularly stressful periods in your life, your brain will work at differing capacities. A number of factors influence your brain’s health or how well it functions and performs its necessary duties. In addition, there are habits and activities you can engage in that can improve your overall brain health.

Your memory is another component that makes up brain health and influences the ways in which you navigate the world. Your memory acts as the filing system of your brain, storing and organizing information learned for later retrieval. Everything you’ve ever learned is stored away in your memory.

Approximately 100 billion neurons come together to form your brain. Over time, the neurons form pathways and connections. These connections occur through synapses, which allow the neurons to communicate with each other. Memories are made as the pathways between neurons are strengthened.
In order to keep your brain and memory functioning in tip-top shape, you need to exercise them and take good care of them regularly.

It’s true. Though the brain isn’t technically a muscle, it has to be taken care of in a manner similar to the ways you work out your muscles and care for the rest of your body.

Over the next 30 days, we will address these methods, along with other information pertinent to getting the most from your mind. It is my desire that, by the end of this month, you’ll feel enthusiastic about the potential your brain holds and will be eager to put your newfound knowledge to work for you.

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This video offers some explanation on how trauma bonding in narcissistic abuse affects our brains.

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