Why We Might Be Feeling a Little Off

The Science When We’re Stressed

So, How Do We Lower Our Cortisol Levels?

  1. Get 8 hours of sleep. Without sleep, our bodies will continue to release cortisol. It’s because we need that extra push (i.e., stress) to keep us going.
  2. Watch our intake of the news. Every time we see a piece of news that increases our stress, our cortisol levels will ultimately rise. So, how do we plan or restrict our intake of news throughout the day?
  3. Do things to increase our oxytocin levels. One of the best ways to decrease our cortisol is to increase our oxytocin. People have called oxytocin the “love hormone” because it’s the feeling we get when we are touched or around someone we like. So, in this season, it’s vital to hug our family members and connect with others via Zoom or with our neighbors as we sit (six feet from one another!) on our front porch.
  4. Exercise. Moderate amounts of exercise (not extreme) can help normalize cortisol levels.
  5. Do something to help others. One of the best ways I’ve found to get my brain out of “fight or flight” mode is to get outside of myself and help others. In this season, I’ve been calling someone I know is lonely or dropping off flowers at people’s homes. Regan on the GAN team just had flowers and a handwritten note personally delivered to each person on our team.

Helping to give startups the power to create and grow their business wherever they are as CEO of GAN: @GANconnect

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Helping to give startups the power to create and grow their business wherever they are as CEO of GAN: @GANconnect

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