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Multiple studies have shown that critical brain regions increase in activity when people perform difficult tasks, whether the effort is physical or mental. Brain atrophy in these brain regions can be prevented through vigorous exercise and bouts of strenuous mental effort.

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    This is essentially the concept of Eustress! Or Hormesis in your case. Or simply an investment in yourself. Foregoing present discomfort, to enjoy more pleasurable comfort later on. Transcending the animal body’s tendency to avoid this discomfort.

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      It’s simple…use it or lose it? Mentally…physically…sexually…emotionally…and other “ally’s” I can’t think of….

      On the other hand…learning to avoid unnecessary retrograde type stress allows you time to engage in productive stressors?

      I find that as I get older…a high % of what seems to be important to younger people is no longer so important.