JUNE 2011: STRESS LESS
Pop quiz! What’s a six letter word that we all have in common? You guessed it: stress! The stress hormone cortisol, secreted during the body’s “fight or flight” response, regulates glucose metabolism, blood pressure and the body’s inflammatory response. The “Cortisol Awakening Response (CAR),” is the rise in cortisol levels in the blood that occurs about 30 minutes after waking up. Researchers in Germany found that this rise is likely due to the anticipated stress of the day ahead. The good news is that cortisol is also important for immunity, pain tolerance and quick bursts of energy.
NLT:To manage this A.M. rise in our blood cortisol levels, there is something we can all do. In the morning hours, try yoga, meditation or even a quick jog to bring your stress levels back into balance. If your mornings don’t allow for a full workout or 30 minute meditation, as little as 5 minutes of any of these activities can help.