How to Manage Your Cortisol Levels

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By Christina

Have you been struggling with stress levels? 

Regardless of where your stress levels are right now, I’m providing you with simple tips to help you manage your cortisol levels and keep stress from taking over your life. 

When you’re stressed out a lot of things can happen to your body, like increased production of sugar, and your flight-or-fight response is slowed.  

It is important for all of us, especially women to manage cortisol levels and build the necessary skills to keep them at a manageable level. 

In this article:

-What is Cortisol? 

-When cortisol levels are high

-What happens when cortisol levels rise

-How to manage your cortisol levels

-Other managment tips

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    What is Cortisol?

    Think of cortisol as the fire alarm. It’s your body’s main stress hormone that works with certain parts of your brain to help control your mood, motivation, and fear. 

    The hormone cortisol, is created by your adrenal glands, the triangle-shaped organs on the top of your kidneys. 

    Cortisol is an important hormone that helps your body do several things.

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    Such As:

    • Manages how your body uses carbohydrates, fats and proteins
    • Keeps inflammation down
    • Regulates your blood pressure
    • Increases your blood sugar (AKA glucose)
    • Controls your sleep and wake cycle
    • Boost energy so you can get through stress and return to normal afterward
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    When cortisol levels are high

    When you become stressed your heart beats faster, blood pressure goes up along with other reactions. For some of us, we end up stress eating or biting our nails. 

    According to a study conducted by the Mayo Clinic, if you’re constantly under stress then these alarm bells do not turn off. In turn, high levels of cortisol can cause issues within your body’s most important functions. 

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      For example:

      • Anxiety and depression
      • Headaches
      • Heart disease
      • Memory and concentration problems
      • Digestive issues
      • Trouble sleep
      • And the ever-popular weight gain.

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        What happens when cortisol levels rise

        Too much cortisol levels can (may) increase risks for a condition called Cushing syndrome, which then leads to rapid weight gain, skin that bruises easily, muscle weakness, diabetes, and other problems.

         

        On the other hand, if you’re levels are too low you’ll suffer from being tired all the time, loss of appetite and weight, low blood pressure, and other problems.

        The key is balance. A way I like to tackle this is by practicing some internal refreshing, which you can read all about here.

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          How to manage your cortisol levels.


          Cortisol levels will always run high or too high, but there are simple solutions to help manage how stress impacts your life. The first step is to learn what causes you stress and how to take care of yourself physically and emotionally in those stressful situations. 

          The more tolls you learn and understand the better equipped you are at handling those moments of high cortisol levels. 

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          Other management tips:

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          In the end

          Stress will always be a factor in your life, and so will fluctuating cortisol levels. But there are ways to help you learn how to manage your cortisol levels. 

          Ther benefits to learning how to manage stress, can help you to create a piece of mind, less anxiety, and a better quality of life. 

          Improving your outlook and how you manage stress in your life may help you to manage your cortisol levels.

          I found the way to a less stressful life by taking out my stress in the garden. While I never thought that gardening would be the thing that makes me happy and motivates me, it is a great way to release some pent-up levels of cortisol. 

          I can honestly tell you that working out, regardless of how you feel about exercises, makes you feel so much better when you have relieved the stress through physical action. 

          xoxo,

          Christina

           

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          I’m the coffee-addicted creative behind Christina Q. Writes. As a full-time writer and lover of history, I share insights into my crazy wonderful life.  Christina Q. Writes is where I share tips and advice to help you live simply and in the moment, and do it your way. Don’t be afraid to laugh at my mistakes!