Stress and Hormones

Today on the Woman’s Doctor, I discuss the detrimental effect stress has on our hormones and equip you with simple tools to mitigate stress’ effect on your physical and emotional health. Stress cannot be eliminated, at times, stress is even necessary but constant unmanaged stress leads to dangerous cortisol imbalances that can affect your mood, cravings, sleep and mindset.

While cortisol is dangerous in excess, it is a crucial hormone that your body needs, especially in the morning. Simply exercising in the morning sun can improve your cortisol levels allowing you to manage stress better, sleep better and improve adrenal function. Taking inventory of your daily habits around food, exercise and sleep is a crucial step to rebalancing your hormones.

The mind also heavily influences  your hormone production. Negative self talk and unresolved trauma can inhibit your body’s natural symbiosis. Without effectively addressing these traumas you become less of your authentic self and your mental and physical health will inevitably suffer. Embracing the essential you by reparenting yourself, journaling and allowing laughter back into your life is sometimes all your body needs to repair itself.

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