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Got Stress? July 14, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in Exercise & Fitness, Health & Wellness, Life Balance.

Summer 022aWant to lose weight?

Sleep better?

Think faster?

Boost your resistance to colds?

Read on!

Cortisol levels greatly impact us as we move through our days.

When stress hits, cortisol levels spike ~ encouraging us to reach for that last donut to provide quick energy for the “fight or flight” response.

Of course, these days stress rarely arises because we are running for our lives from a Sabre Tooth Tiger. Instead of getting burned off, the excess calories just move in and take up residence in our mid-sections.

Many of us have chronically high cortisol levels ~ which results in sleep problems, a depressed immune response, abnormalities in blood sugar, and abdominal weight gain.

What’s the antidote?  Relaxation . . . and regular exercise . . . like walking.

There are lots of tried and true methods to lowering stress and cortisol levels, including:

Meditation * Music * Laughter * Gratitude * Sipping Black Tea (poolside?)* Chewing Gum * Exercise * Getting enough sleep * Massage * Present Moment Awareness * Volunteering * Nature walks * Spiritual Practices

More information: Beat Your Stress Hormone ~ How managing cortisol can help you think faster, slim down, and even prevent a cold ~ Elizabeth Svoboda

No rules.  Just write!


1. misswhiplash - July 14, 2011

you been looking at my body again????

but I do not suffer lack of sleep. stress or any abnormalities, except in my head…

At my age I have given up thinking about the body beautiful, just staying alive is a bonus!

Love Patrecia

Debra - July 14, 2011

me too being alive is all good! my body is beautiful as is. 🙂

nrhatch - July 14, 2011

Because we’re good enough . . . we’re smart enough . . . and we ROCK!

2. Lisa (Woman Wielding Words) - July 14, 2011

I always love that the answer to having trouble sleeping is to get enough sleep. 😉 I am determined to reduce my cortisol levels, as long as that doesn’t stress me out. Vicious cycle, isn’t it?

nrhatch - July 14, 2011

There are many ways to alleviate stress and cortisol. My top three:

1. Present moment awareness. Not worrying about the future or fretting about the past.

2. Exercise. Especially in nature. Focusing only on the moment by doing a walking meditation.

3. Laughter. Finding things to laugh about as I move through my day.

Aah . . . that’s better. 😀

3. SidevieW - July 14, 2011

relaxation through exercise is a good way to reduce the cortisol levels

nrhatch - July 14, 2011

Yup! Mindful exercise gives me a break from cares and troubles. I focus on the next step, the next move, the next stretch, and let everything but THIS moment recede from view.

Aah . . . that’s better!

4. Alannah Murphy - July 14, 2011

Punching people also helps…no, only joking 😉

I walk, and also turn annoying real life people, into villains in my novel…mwah ha hah!!!! 😉

nrhatch - July 14, 2011

Hahaha! I do that too! It’s FUN to shine a spotlight on their nastiness through “fictional” characters. 😉

5. Tilly Bud - July 14, 2011

Chewing gum? That was a surprise. I suppose it’s our modern equivalent of the farmer in the field, chewing on a piece of straw.

nrhatch - July 14, 2011

I know if I’m angry, chewing gum (or eating) can help dissipate the anger. Maybe that’s what “chomping at the bit” means? 😀

6. Rosa - July 14, 2011

Interesting! I thought adrenaline was the ‘fight or flight’ chemical. And running from saber tooth tigers, No Thanks!!

nrhatch - July 14, 2011

You’re right. Adrenaline is a fight or flight chemical. Not sure how it relates to Cortisol exactly.

Look! A TIGER . . . race ya!

nrhatch - July 14, 2011

Here’s an article explaining the inter-relationship between adrenaline and cortisol:


Adrenaline increases your heart rate, elevates your blood pressure and boosts energy supplies. Cortisol, the primary stress hormone, increases sugars (glucose) in the bloodstream, enhances your brain’s use of glucose and increases the availability of substances that repair tissues.

Cortisol also curbs functions that would be nonessential or detrimental in a fight-or-flight situation. It alters immune system responses and suppresses the digestive system, the reproductive system and growth processes. This complex natural alarm system also communicates with regions of your brain that control mood, motivation and fear.

7. barb19 - July 14, 2011

A walk on the beach watching people and nature, then back home relaxing with a good book – perfect!

nrhatch - July 14, 2011

Sounds like the perfect way to defuse stress. I love that stress busting is smile producing. 😀

8. Christine Grote - July 17, 2011

Thanks for the helpful suggestions.

nrhatch - July 17, 2011

It so easy to keep doing “one more thing” . . . but eventually we need to just kick back and relax.

Aah . . . that’s better. 😉

9. eof737 - July 17, 2011

Rest, rest, rest… I’m getting more of it lately. Long overdue. 🙂

nrhatch - July 17, 2011

I’m resting a bit myself. My body ground to a halt today and said, DO NOTHING. It’s odd to feel so tired. Very un-tiggerish.

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