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How to reduce cortisol level naturally?
In most cases, the brain and adrenal glands can regulate cortisol on their own, when stress goes away, the expert tells Health Shots. People with chronic stress can try natural ways to reduce cortisol:
1. Reduce stress
Stress is a major trigger for cortisol production, so lowering stress can also reduce cortisol. Dr Jain suggests to practice ‘Locus Of Control’, which means to stop bothering about things which are not in our control.
2. Relaxation techniques
People experiencing stress should practice relaxation techniques like breathing exercises, yoga and walking in open spaces. All this will help to activate the relaxation response instead of the stress response.
3. Eat a balanced diet
Eating a balanced diet, paying particular attention to your sugar and caffeine intake can help to reduce cortisol level. Drinking plenty of water also helps in lowering cortisol levels. Try some foods to reduce cortisol levels. These include garlic, vitamin C-rich foods, black or green tea and probiotic foods.
4. Get enough sleep
Lack of sound sleep can affect levels of cortisol in the bloodstream. Follow a good bedtime routine to get longer and better quality sleep. So, turn off your gadgets and stay away from screens an hour before going to bed.
5. Take up a hobby
Hobbies can be both relaxing and rewarding, as they take mind off stress. They give something to look forward to. You can take up stress-relieving hobbies such as drawing or painting, cooking, creative writing or playing a musical instrument.
6. Have fun
If you are having a good time, you will not think much about stress. So, taking out time to have fun may lower cortisol levels. Laughter also has great therapeutic benefits, says the expert.
Being physically active is good for overall health and it can also improve your mood. So, do low or moderate impact exercises to help in controlling cortisol levels.
8. Build good relationships
Stable and loving relationships with your partner, friends and family can be a good support system when it comes to leading a happy and fulfilled life and reducing considerable amount of stress.
You should also prioritise yourself and focus on self-care to reduce cortisol levels and achieve overall good health.