6 Tips For Lowering Stress:
Stress. We all have it. So, how can we deal with stress better in order to perform optimally? Read on to discover how you can more effectively manage and reduce your stress levels starting today.
We are hard-wired to react to stress in a strong way in order to help protect us from threats and danger. However, when stress becomes a long-term guest in our life it can lead to a whole host of health challenges. One of these challenges is sustained elevated cortisol, which can affect the body in many ways. Cortisol is the hormone released by the adrenal glands when the body faces stressors of various forms. Cortisol is responsible for governing blood sugar levels, sugar cravings, blood pressure, and the ability to cope with stress. When cortisol is elevated for long periods of time, effects can include abnormal blood sugar levels, increased body fat, depression, loss of sleep, and delayed wound healing. Monitoring your cortisol level via blood tests is advisable, as is implementing a practical lifestyle strategy to keep it in check.
Six tips for lowering your stress levels:
Stress is a normal part of daily life, but we have powerful options to deal with it effectively. Take action today even if it’s one small thing you can implement into your routine. Your body will thank you.
Summer Bagley, RN
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