Find yourself lashing out at somebody, stuck in anxiety, or fearful you’ll you’re your job? If so, you likely have stirred up a hormone in your brain that will work against relationships, courage, and well-being. Cortisol is the hormone that appears when we slip into stress, when we feel angry or fearful, or when we respond to an email out of sheer frustration. It will shut down learning ... and can cause depression.
It’s the opposite of serotonin – the hormone of well-being. Cortisol reduces your ability to learn and communicate. It’s what hits your brain along with that angry customer that finds you on a day when you’re tired or behind in your work.
While cortisol holds an important roles in your mind, but is meant to be very short term. It’s useful for treating allergies short term or for spiking your energy to survive a dangerous moment, lower sensitivity to pain, or getting you through a short term project. If you stress too much or grieve too long, however, you can easily maintain cortisol in harmful levels.
Prolonged levels in the bloodstream have negative effects and will:
1. Lower your immune system so you’ll get sick faster than others
2. Slow down your thinking
3. Create blood sugar imbalances
4. Raise your blood pressure
5. Weaken muscle tissue
6. Decrease bone density
7. Increase fat in the stomach areas
To ensure you stay away from dangerous levels of cortisol today… run from stress and flee those triggers that inject negative thinking … and you’ve already headed away from cortisol and toward serotonin… for a better day at work. Now think of one thing you enjoy… look forward to or plan to create… and your brain will rewire itself for a far better workday. It’s just how the hormones work for you rather than against you, and you’ll be shocked at the results. So will others around you…. What do you think?
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