What besides stress can raise cortisol and anxiety?

What besides stress can raise cortisol and anxiety?

We all know that stress can raise our cortisol levels and keep us in a ramped up or even anxious state but what else besides stress raises cortisol and how can we prevent that from our daily lives? Here are a few that come to mind:

⚛The first one I list and the last one anyone wants to hear is caffeine. I know we all have our own relationship with it but if it's cranking up the cortisol day in and day out causing you to run for help for your anxiety it’s time to break-up!

⚛Caffeine's partner in crime in daily life is alcohol yes it too raises cortisol levels and many people with high-stress or anxiety-panic will tell you they get triggered by drinking (not everyone as some people do feel the sedative effect of alcohol. I think it depends how over sensitized you may be when you have the alcohol.) Another place alcohol is a problem is with the day after, the hangover this is commonly the scene of a “first” panic attack. So two reasons to take note of alcohol.

⚛Increased insulin is next on the list and insulin is best controlled by our diet and by reducing stress....ouch! Yes, stress causes our insulin to rise, and now we are in a cycle that feel and bad as it sounds. While we are here with insulin, we also have poorer insulin control when we are

⚛Not getting enough sleep so again we can feel trapped in a cycle here.

If breaking out of this cycle seems impossible I invite you to consider eliminating caffeine for herbals such as Dandi blend, reduce or eliminate your alcohol and see how things change for you, your sleep may improve and your morning cuppa may no longer even be necessary! Switch up your diet to add lots of fiber-rich fruits and veggies that will naturally crowd out the fast acting carbohydrates and added sugars that can easily spike both glucose and insulin levels. And finally get more quality sleep! Check out these three episodes for info and tips on how to get more and better sleep.

343: HOW TO REDUCE ANXIETY AND ENJOY BETTER SLEEP
https://www.theanxietycoachespodcast.com/…/343-how-to-reduc…

325: GUILT FREE SLEEP TO REDUCE ANXIETY
https://www.theanxietycoachespodcast.com/…/xn0onvxxz261chpo…

183: SOUND SLEEP TIPS FOR WHEN YOU HAVE ANXIETY
https://www.theanxietycoachespodcast.com/…/183-sound-sleep-…

May you have a day that brings you joy and peace!

Gina RyanComment