Stress is an enivtable factor in our lives, it is there whether we want it to be or not. In today’s society, we are finding more and more people who suffer with high cortisol levels (the stress hormone) it is usually left undiagnosed because there aren’t any unusual side effects other than, excessive stress, anxiety, weight gain, memory loss and moodiness which most often people will just categorize as “PMS “or stressful working conditions. In order to find out if your cortisol levels are raised, a blood test is required.
The best way to manage initial increased cortisol levels would be to up your vitamin c, magnesium and vitamin e. This is a natural way to lower it but if you have had prolonged exposure to cortisol, it can turn into something nastier, Cushing’s Syndrome. These side effects are a lot more serious, some of them include: high blood pressure, abdominal obesity, weak muscles and bones, acne and fragile skin. The only way to get Cushing’s under control is to see an endocrinologist which is a hormone specialist.
But before you start thinking “oh gosh I have this disease “go for a blood test and see if your levels are raised. If not, you probably are just suffering from a stressful working environment or a scary deadline approaching.
There are ways to manage stress levels before they turn into something worse. Here are some tips.
Regular exercise – exercise is one of the best ways to reduce stress and make your body happy. When we exercise our bodies release serotonin, the happy hormone.
Time Out – If you feel your stress is getting out of control, take a time out. There is no shame in sleeping through a weekend and recovering or switching your phone off and not talking to anyone who may add to stress.
Family and friends – Spending time with loved ones can drastically reduce stress and calm you down because chances are, you will be laughing and having a good time with them and probably will forget about your stress.
Breathing – As silly as it may sound, incorrect breathing is actually really bad for you and yes, you can breathe incorrectly. Learning how to breathe deeply and slowly can calm your mind body and soul down in a stressful situation.