How can we balance cortisol levels?
· Improve vagal tone – the vagus nerve (cranial nerve 10) helps with our nervous system, particularly our parasympathetic nervous system ‘rest and digest’ system. Improving vagal tone will help lower heart rate, lower blood pressure, stimulate digestion, and balance cortisol levels. Think diaphragmatic breathing, contrast showers, gargling with water, and singing!
· Stabilize blood sugar levels as this will stabilize cortisol levels. If you let cortisol go on a rollercoaster ride, it ill also put cortisol on a rollercoaster ride. Eat balanced and regular meals to avoid blood sugar spikes.
· Practice good sleep hygiene – reset circadian rhythm by watching the sunrise and sunset. Avoid excess stimulation from electronics and limit the exposure when it is dark outside.
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