How to Lower Cortisol Levels
By Lana Bandoim
Cortisol is a stress hormone, and it can become a problem. Chronically high levels of cortisol can damage the body. Pay attention to these tips to lower your cortisol levels.
What Is Cortisol?
Cortisol is a hormone that is naturally made in the body. It is released by the adrenal glands to help you deal with stress. However, high levels of cortisol that last for a long time can be dangerous. They can lead to weight gain, sleep problems, high blood pressure, fatigue, osteoporosis and diabetes. In addition, the constant release of cortisol can affect the immune system in a negative way and increase the risk of infections. Cortisol can also affect memory.
Research shows that meditation can lower cortisol levels and reduce stress. Consider joining a class to learn how to meditate or find videos online that teach the process. Try to meditate at least several times a week and increase it during stressful situations.
Getting enough sleep is essential for multiple body functions. It can also affect cortisol. People who work at night are more likely to have higher levels of cortisol. Insomnia and sleep interruptions also contribute to higher levels of this hormone. Try to sleep at night by limiting distractions and going to bed earlier. Focus on a consistent sleep schedule that will regulate hormones.
Listen to Music
Listening to music before a stressful meeting at work or after an argument with a partner can help lower cortisol. Soothing music can affect the brain and hormone levels. Create the perfect mix of calming music and use it often. Research reveals that 30 minutes of calming music can have a positive impact on the brain.
Get a Pet
Pets can reduce cortisol levels because they can decrease stress. Studies on pet owners found that they had lower cortisol. Even interacting with an animal before a medical procedure can have a positive impact. This is why therapy dogs are becoming more popular in hospitals and clinics. If you already have a pet at home, spend more time with him or her. Consider getting a pet if you can take care of one and can handle the responsibility.
Talk to a doctor if you are concerned about cortisol and focus on reducing stress. Whether you make a mix of calming music or get more sleep, there are steps you can take to reduce this hormone.
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