The Cortisol hormone is the primary stress hormone. Cortisol increases sugars (glucose) in the bloodstream, enhances your brain's use of glucose and increases the availability of substances that repair tissues.
When your Cortisol levels are high it may cause:
1. weight gain
2. high blood pressure
3. sleep disruption
4. a negatively impact on mood.
5. a reduction in your energy levels
Here’s a few things you can do to improve Cortisol levels:
1. Eat a whole-foods, lean proteins, more veggies & less processed foods.
2. Speak with your physician about supplementation.
3. Reduce your caffeine intake go decaf or create a cut off time for caffeine consumption.
4. Get adequate sleep, switch up your bedtime routine so your able to go to bed earlier.
5. Exercise regularly by creating a routine of 5 days a week for 30 minutes. Exercise helps reduce Cortisol levels.
6. Write in a journal to help cope with your feelings, stress, triggers and anxiety.
7. Indulge in hobbies and socialize to help create a health work/life balance.
The best approach is a preventative approach, so if we try and add new habits & behaviors to help reduce our Cortisol, we will learn to maintain healthy levels while dealing with life.