“Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes…Including you.” –Anne Lamott
I sit down at my desk and reread yesterday’s blog Let’s Tackle the Weight Loss Villain and reach out to Byron Health and Healing to schedule an appointment with Dr. Byron. I’m excited to talk to him about lowering my cortisol levels. To my dismay, he’s on vacation. This day isn’t starting off as I had planned!
Patience is not one of my virtues, so I put my enthusiasm into researching a plan of natural things I can do to lower my cortisol. I came across an interesting article you may enjoy: Article
My laundry list for cortisol reduction looks like this:
- Get good sleep and try to turn in and wake up at the same time every day
- Be happy!
- Exercise, but not too much or too hard
- Spend time on nurturing spirituality
- Cut caffeine
- Lower sugar intake
- Take naps
- Reduce inflammation in the body
- Control blood pressure
- Learn to recognize stressful thinking
- Learn to relax
- Practice deep breathing and take lots of deep breaths
- Eat prebiotic foods
- Stay hydrated
- Eat more spinach, citrus fruits, beans and barley, omega 3 fatty acids, zinc, and dark chocolate
- Meditate or listen to relaxation tapes
- Drink tea: holy basil, green, black, or rooibos tea
You can find the list on Pinterest.
I guess I’ve come farther in this sixteen-year journey than I realized because I’m already doing the majority of the items on the cortisol reduction list!
I decided to focus on breathing. I know I need to pay attention to it because I forget to breath all the time. My Apple watch reminds me to breathe at least once or twice an hour! I remember this tall, calm, centered, svelt friend of mine who had a tattoo on her wrist that read “breath”. At the time I thought it was kind of silly but now I’m thinking her tattoo is profound and maybe I need to find out where she had the work done.
I’ve decided to start drinking tea. This is huge because I don’t drink anything besides water, bone broth, and… vodka. I just have this gut feeling that the rooibos tea is going to help me. Wish me luck!
And as for taking naps, if that’s what the research says I have to do, I guess I should at least give it a try!
I hope you do something to reduce your cortisol today!