How to Lower Cortisol Levels and Lose Weight
If you would like to seek help from a professional, acupuncture is said to reduce stress. The alternative medicine technique has been a staple in traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years.
Last, but not least, spend time in nature and outdoors. Several studies have shown that physical settings play a huge role in stress reduction. Just being in nature promotes healthy relaxation. Walk through forests, do some gardening at home, or swim in the sea or a lake.
One of the best ways to reduce stress is exercise. And when we talk about exercise, that doesn’t mean you should do a hard-core, high intensity workout every day of the week. Quite the contrary: 30 to 60 minutes, three days per week is more than enough to manage stress and balance your hormones. As a result, you’ll sleep better, and as you’ll see later on, sleep is essential to reducing stress.
The biggest trick is to not overdo your exercise. If you do, you’ll have no time to relax and relieve muscle tension. Three days is more than enough. But on the remaining days, try not to be stagnant. Walk more, climb some stairs, and at least do some stretching. Just find the workout regime that works for you, and stick to it.
As I just mentioned, getting enough sleep is crucial to managing stress and controlling cortisol levels. Now, how can you sleep better? Start by not eating a lot shortly before going to bed (e.g., 30 minutes before going to bed). When you have high cortisol levels, you feel anxious at night and fatigued during the day. One way to control cortisol levels is by reducing the amount of sugar you consume. Sugar is really your biggest enemy. If you still have trouble sleeping, try using some essential oils and herbal teas to calm you down. The best options for a good night’s sleep are chamomile, bergamot, and lavender.
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