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Stress Free Living: The Lowdown on Cortisol
February 02, 2010

Get the Lowdown on Cortisol:
The Stress Hormone!

February 2010 - Issue #014: The Lowdown on Cortisol

Welcome to the February 2010 issue of Stress Free Living! Now that the holidays are over and the new year is in full swing, I hope that you’re getting settled in and ready to work on your stress management goals.

Over the next few issues, I’ll be giving you information about the hormones that affect you when you’re stressed. This information will help you to understand what is happening on the inside when you experience stress… and in turn will help you to understand why it’s so important to get your stress under control.

And of course, each issue will also contain great tips on how to manage your stress so that you can have more energy to do the things that you love!

I hope you enjoy this issue of the Stress Free Living ezine!


"Happiness depends more on the inward disposition of mind than on outward circumstances."
~ Benjamin Franklin

In This Issue...

1. Stress Hormones: The Lowdown on Cortisol

2. Sharing Your New Years Resolutions

3. Pamper Yourself for Valentine's Day

4. In Case You Missed It

5. All About You

Welcome to the
Stress Free Living Ezine!

Stress Hormones: The Lowdown on Cortisol

When we’re stressed, many different things happen within our bodies to help us react to stressful events and it’s one of my goals to help you understand some of what is going on inside of you when you’re stressed. By learning more about how your body reacts to stress, I hope to help you understand how important it is to effectively manage your stress, while also helping you become more aware of physical symptoms that are caused by the changes within your body. Recognizing the symptoms of stress is a great step towards being able to manage it.


Cortisol is often called the “stress hormone”. When we become stressed, the secretion of cortisol in our body increases creating many different changes in our bodies… many of these changes are quite helpful for short periods of time.

Why Cortisol is Good

Normal levels of cortisol help to regulate our blood pressure and blood sugar, among other things.

Brief increases of this hormone due to stress can help you in several ways. Mostly, if you experiencing stress because you were in real danger, cortisol helps with your “fight or flight” response. So again, a brief increase can help you in some of the following ways:

  • Can give a quick burst of energy
  • Lowers pain sensitivity
  • Heightens memory functions

Why too much Cortisol is Bad

Increased levels of cortisol over a prolonged period of time can have negative effects such as:

  • Creates blood sugar imbalances which in itself can cause its own host of negative effects such as decreased energy
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Decreased immunity
  • Increase in abdominal fat

To keep cortisol at healthy levels, it’s important to learn how to manage your stress effectively and learn how to stimulate a relaxation response after a stressful event.

Looking for a great way to relieve and prevent stress? Try journaling. It’s a great way to work through your stress in a positive way.

Click here to learn more about how journaling can help you relieve stress.

Sharing Your New Years Resolutions

In last months’ issue, I asked you to share your New Years Resolutions with us and we have two entries to share:

May from Kansas City, MO wrote in about her resolution to not wait until the last minute to buy gifts.

Click here to read May's resolution and leave her a comment.

Deb from Enid, OK wrote about her struggle to quit smoking. I’m sure some of you will have a lot of great tips and support for her so click here to read Deb's resolution and leave her a comment.

It's not too late... click here to share your New Years Resolutions with us!

Pamper Yourself for Valentine's Day

Valentine's day is less than two weeks away... do something nice for yourself or for someone you care about.

Pamper yourself with the ultimate guide on DIY Spa Treatments! Naturally Skinsational is a recipe book filled with luxurious, yet simple skin and spa treatments that you can make using the ingredients already in your kitchen.

This is one of my absolute favorite finds and it is a must have for a relaxing evening at home. Whether you want to treat yourself to a "Passion Peel", a refreshing "Valentine Rose Spritz", or any of the over 150 recipes, you'll quickly fall in love with how easy, inexpensive, and fun it is to create your very own spa treatment at home.

Not only can you create a one-of-a-kind night of relaxation, you can use the recipes in this eBook to create an entire collection of skin care products that are tailored just for your skin type. They will be all natural - you'll know exactly what you're putting on your skin when you make it yourself! And to top it off, making any of these recipes is less expensive than buying the pre-made stuff from the store (and much more luxurious!).

Using the recipes in this eBook, I've been creating my own skin care products for nearly a year and I can't imagine ever going back to the stuff they sell in the stores! Every single day when I use my "Moisturizing Honey Wash" I feel like I'm using the most expensive and decadent product in the world... when I actually made it in my own kitchen in less than two minutes for pennies!

This eBook will ease your stress by helping you relax as well saving you time and money.

Not to mention that creating these recipes is a lot of fun and even leaves room for you to use your own creativity. How? With an extensive glossary of ingredients, you can learn how to mix and match the ingredients that are perfect for your skin to make a one-of-a-kind skin care or spa product that suits you more than anything you could ever buy in a store.

To pamper yourself for Valentine's day and create a relaxing spa experience in your own home click here to purchase Naturally Skinsational.

In Case You Missed It...

There’s a brand new interview with Lori Pederson a grief expert specializing in helping friends and family members know what to do and say to a person who is grieving. Often we’re unsure of how we can help or even what we should say to our grieving loved ones and it can cause us additional stress. Lori has dedicated herself to helping others and shares her insights in this exclusive interview.

Click here to read my interview with Lori Pederson

Have you ever wondered how your stress levels compare to others’? I’ve scoured the internet and compiled a comprehensive list of stress statistics… some of which are quite shocking!

Click here to read the new page on Stress Statistics

All About You

I'd love to hear from You!

To share your feedback on this issue, Please click here to be directed to a survey.

If you have any questions about stress or stress management, submit them on our Ask The Expert page! And don't forget to visit the site regularly to either submit your own stories & tips or read & comment on what others have written.

If you like this newsletter, please pay it forward by sending it to a friend who might like it. If a friend did forward this to you and you like what you read, you can get your own free subscription by visiting this subscription page.

Thank you for spending some time with me today, I hope you have enjoyed your copy of the Stress Free Living ezine. If there is something you'd like to see next month, please reply to this email and let me know! And thanks again to Deb and May for sharing their New Years Resolutions with us!

Wishing you all the very best,

Helping you live a less stressful life.

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