10 Ways To Reduce Stress, Anxiety and Lower Cortisol Levels (Day 61)

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Chronic stress creates chaos in our bodies. It interferes with learning and memory, lowers immune function and bone density, can cause weight gain, digestive disorders and sleep problems and lead to anxiety, depression, and heart disease.

It is the hormones our bodies release in response to stress, such as cortisol and epinephrine, that disrupt our bodies’ processes and need to be managed.

The following 10 ways can help you to naturally manage your stress and anxiety by reducing the levels of stress hormones washing through your body.

  1. Sex and Touching. Hug somebody you love. Touch them or be touched. Or look into acupressure, which is touch therapy that works by balancing the circulation of fluids and energies in the body. (Use thumb and forefinger to massage the soft area between the thumb and index finger of the other hand.)
  2. Aromatherapy. Learn how to use essential oils to relax (link here) or simply go out and smell the roses. Other things to sniff: oranges and coffee, both known to calm the anxious soul.
  3. Laughter. Watch a funny video. Laugh with a friend. Create opportunities for levity in your day.
  4. Relaxation Techniques. Meditation. Guided Imagery. Yoga. Deep Breathing exercises. All easy to Google.
  5. Social Connectivity. Spend time with other people. Get involved in your child’s school or your church/temple or civic organizations. Play with your dog. Play with your children. Or plan a lunch date with a friend.
  6. Physical Activity. Move your body. Instead of having lunch with a friend, plan a date to go walking (and talking.) Or go to a yoga or fitness class. And if, like me, you spend a lot of time in front of the computer, ever 45 minutes or so, stand up, do some jumping jacks or a few yoga poses or stretch.
  7. Eat Healthy Real Foods. Avoid processed foods. You know the drill. Make sure to include in your diet healthy fats, antioxidant rich foods, clean protein sources. Keeping your blood sugar stable is important.
  8. Music. Listen to what you enjoy. Sing out loud, even if you can’t carry a tune. Dance!
  9. Sleep. Sleep plays a big role in your health. Your cells need time to regenerate. Make sleep a priority.
  10. Take Anti-Stress Supplements. Supplements should not be the first thing you turn to, but it’s worth learning about your options. For information on anti-stress supplements, see this link.

I hope you have a weekend free from stress.


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