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Chronic Stress Changes The Brain Over Time ~ 5 Calming Steps To Lower Cortisol Levels

Did you know that being under intense stress for extended periods of time can actually re-write the pathways of your brain?

The fact that chronic stress changes the brain over time has been scientifically proven. The excess production of the stress chemical cortisol is the main culprit in this process. Cortisol in the right amount is necessary for our survival. Stress in certain conditions is necessary and healthy. Think of the proper fear you feel when standing on a rickety ladder or seeing a snake at your feet. If you did not feel alarm, taking steps to remove yourself from legitimate danger, you would most likely not survive for very long.

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As most of us know, the problem comes in when we deal with stressors that do not abateΒ in a reasonable amount of time. Problems real or perceived,Β creating worry and anxiety for prolonged periods of time, do not allow the body to return to a healthy state of mental/physical homeostasis. The body is thrown off-balance, and a constant state of fight or flight creates a fertile breeding ground for toxic cellular structure.


It is imperative for both our mental and physical health to get control of excess stress in our lives wherever we are able. There are certain events and circumstances beyond our control. However, there are steps we can take to minimize the damaging effects of these long-term stressors.

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Chronic Stress Changes The Brain Over Time ~ 5 Calming Steps To Lower Cortisol Levels

Chronic Stress Changes The Brain Over Time ~ 5 Calming Steps To Lower Cortisol Levels

  1. Vitamin C Supplements ~ it is believed that Vit C can significantly lower the cortisol levels in the body.

  2. Drink Black Tea ~ Another one of those natural stress reducing tools right under our noses

  3. Get A Dog ~ As stated before (here, here, & here), animals are wonderful companions and stress relievers. Of course, this option is not for everyone. Only if you are capable of taking good care of a pet (and providing you like animals), should you even consider this. However, if this is an option for you, regularly playing with and enjoying a pet can have a calming effect on your mind & body.

  4. Eat ~ foods that reduce inflammation and oxidation in the body will help to lower the levels of stress hormone. These include but are not limited to: wild salmon, dark chocolate, berries, oats, and garlic.

  5. Get Help ~ There is no shame or defeat in coming to the conclusion to seek the counsel of professional help. There can be events that happen in our lives we are not able to handle alone. This step could quite literally save your sanity and your life.


~used by permission from the ‘great & powerful’ gemma correll herself!

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    June 28 at 9:16 pm

    My AI disease was triggered by too much stress for too long. My body held out for months, then when the fear eased it gave up. Stress can be a killer, and we need to all take more care. My stress was mostly unavoidable, but I had been running on it for a while before. I liked being full tilt. If I would have known the results I would have slowed down much sooner. Many of the foods you mention are also good for helping to keep my blood thin. Looks like I’m on the right track! Yeah!
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      June 29 at 3:03 pm

      Its true, running at full stress can feel like a measure of control over what feels liks an out of control circumstance. Boy, been there done that! Thank you as always Nikki! πŸ™‚

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    July 4 at 5:16 pm

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      July 4 at 11:53 pm

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