What’s up with cortisol?

Hey Insiders! Welcome to the Well.

Today I’m going to talk about cortisol. If you’re not familiar with this hormone, this post will tell you why cortisol is important, how too much can harm you, and how you can keep it in check.

Cortisol is generated in the adrenal glands and is an important part of the following processes:

-Maintaining healthy blood pressure

-Metabolizing glucose

-Supporting immune function

-Regulating blood sugar levels

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When at appropriate levels, cortisol helps with the items on this list. If you are frequently stressed out you will probably release too much cortisol, which can cause problems. In moments of high stress, cortisol helps give us quick energy, lower our pain sensitivity, increase memory function, etcetera. If you aren’t able to have regular periods of relaxation, you body will be thrown off balance and you might experience some of the following:

-A decrease in muscle tissue and bone density

-Increased blood pressure

-Lower immune response, wounds healing at a slower rate, decreased inflammatory response

-Imbalance in blood sugar

-Weight gain in abdominal area

These are just some of the consequences of not taking time to chill out. This is proof that self care isn’t just fun – it’s absolutely necessary. If you don’t have any techniques you use to relax, you can incorporate some. It can be challenging to make a lifestyle change, but the rewards of taking care of yourself far outweigh the initial obstacle of making a change.

Check out some of my other posts with great ways to relieve stress:

Meditation

Address your eight dimensions of wellness

Visualization

Binaural beats

Practice breathing techniques

What do you do to relax? I’d love to hear about it in the comments. Thanks for stopping by the well!

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