Address your Cortisol Levels
Cortisol is a steroid hormone produced in our adrenal cortex as a response to stress or low blood glucose.
As our lives evolve we surround ourselves with more stress and pressures, it’s more important than ever to actively address increasing cortisol levels.
Prolonged high cortisol levels can result in weight gain, poor sleep, irritability, high blood pressure and decreased energy levels. As the demands of society increase many people see an increase in their cortisol and its therefore imperative you act individually to lower yours if you are aware you are becoming more exposed to stress.
Exercise plays a large role in controlling cortisol as we place varying amounts of stress on our body through exercise depending on the intensity. High intensity workouts can increase your cortisol levels initially but cause a reduction by the end of the day. Low intensity and moderate intensity exercise doesn’t tend to increase cortisol levels at all, only lower them due to the nature of the exercise not “stressing” the body.
Taking time for yourself to relax and unwind is necessary, but also individual. One persons preference to unwind and relax can be very different to another’s. Mediation, Yoga, breathing exercises, reading a book, spending time with friends and family, long walks, exercising and listening to music are some of the ways people choose to unwind but we are all different. Recognise and learn how you like to relax and make sure you take some time to do it.
Cortisol levels will also increase with high sugar diets, regular intakes of sugar will keep your cortisol levels higher and lead to similar side effects as stress. Make sure you are eating a balanced diet and if already experiencing greater cortisol levels be particularly mindful of your sugar intake.
Bottom line; there’s only one you, so take care of it.