One of the cornerstones of chiropractic philosophy is that the body contains within it the ability to heal itself. All you have to do is give it the right conditions to do so. This means that regular adjustments and lifestyle choices you make can have a large impact on your health and your body’s ability to repair itself.
These natural repair mechanisms can get deactivated when your body is full of stress hormones like cortisol and epinephrine. So, what can you do to help combat cortisol levels in your body? As it turns out, there are quite a few things that are actually pretty fun!
If you’re stressed, you need to relax. One of the best ways to do that is through meditation. In fact, meditation has been proven to activate the relaxation response in your body that helps it fight conditions from heart disease to obesity.
Laugh Out Loud
Laughing has been proven to be a great stress reliever. It has an anesthetic effect that provides relief from pain and releases feel good hormones in your system. So, go see that funny movie, watch some stand-up comedy, tell some jokes! The more the laugh the better it is for you!
Play with Animals
When you snuggle up with your pet releases oxytocin, endorphins and other healing hormones that help to support your body’s ability to heal itself. This is why pet therapy has been found to be so effective on both a mental and physical level for many people.
When you use your creativity to express yourself it releases endorphins and other feel good neurotransmitters, can reduce depression and anxiety, improve immune function, relieve pain and activate your parasympathetic nervous system. This, in turn, can lower your heart rate, decrease blood pressure, slow your breathing and reduce cortisol.
Things like yoga, tai chi, qugong or dance forms all have been shown to drop cortisol levels. Plus, you get the benefits of both exercise and meditation from them. You can also get these same effects from a massage, which is one of the ultimate relaxation activators. A nurturing massage relaxes your muscles, relaxes your nervous system and kicks those self-healing mechanisms in.
The most important thing you to do to reduce cortisol in your body is to take a look at your life and ask yourself what your body needs in order to heal. If it’s a job or relationship that is causing you the most stress, you need to do something about it in order to make it not so stressful. Write your own prescription for a better, less stressful and happier life. And don’t forget to see your chiropractor!
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