Stress Facts

Cortisol is a hormone released in response to physical or psychological stressors. More than 70% of disease is thought to be stress-related and cortisol levels are often measured to assess the impact of stress on the body.
Cortisol levels may be measured
  • over a day via a salivary cortisol day curve
  • over a month or so to see the effects of stress over time (e.g. hair cortisol).
Elevated cortisol levels are known to
  • interfere with learning and memory
  • decrease immune function and bone density
  • increase blood pressure, cholesterol, and heart disease
Chronic stress and elevated cortisol levels also
  • increase risks for depression and mental illness
  • lower life expectancy

7 ways to Reduce Stress

It has been found that controlled breathing exercises play a role in decreasing stress. 

Exercise is one of the quickest and most accessible methods of combating stress and improving well-being.

Researchers have found laughter plays a role in reducing symptoms of depressionfatigue and helps to decrease stress overall. Perhaps it really is the best medicine. 

Studies have suggested aroma inhalation could be a very effective stress management method.

Massage therapy has been shown to significantly reduce stress reduce both physical and psychological stress.

Getting adequate amounts of sleep helps your body better manage stress. Researchers have found associations between nighttime sleep, napping behavior, and levels of salivary cortisol.

Acts of intimacy have been reported to positively affect stress levels. A 2009 study published in the Western Journal of Communication found couples who kiss more often experienced improvements in perceived stress, relationship satisfaction, and total serum cholesterol. Likewiseresearch has found affectionate relationships with frequent warm partner contact may contribute to lower reactivity to stress as well as increased levels ooxytocin.

A hair cortisol test can show how cumulative stress levels are affecting your health over a longer period of time.

An adrenal panel can show how your stress levels are correlate with symptoms such as fatigue throughout the day .
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