Hey there, have you ever wondered what cortisol is and how it affects your body and mind?
Cortisol is a hormone that your adrenal glands produce and release. It has many essential functions for your health, such as regulating your blood sugar, blood pressure, metabolism, inflammation, memory, and sleep-wake cycle.
But sometimes, cortisol can also cause problems. When you’re under chronic stress, your cortisol levels can become too high or too low. This can lead to symptoms such as fatigue, weight gain, mood swings, anxiety, depression, insomnia, and more.
You may have experienced the effects of cortisol when you faced a stressful situation, such as a deadline, an exam, or a conflict. Your body released extra cortisol to help you cope with the challenge. This is called the fight-or-flight response.
But if you’re constantly stressed out, your body may not be able to return to normal after the threat is gone. This can keep your cortisol levels elevated or depleted for too long. This can harm your health and happiness in the long run.
That’s why it’s important to learn how to manage your cortisol levels and keep them in balance. Intentions, affirmations, goals and so many other tools are effective and available at every moment of our life. Used correctly these tools can help us achieve your goals and arrive at the end result we're looking for.
Jody Medor Health & Wellness Coaching