Tuesday, April 14, 2015

cortisol & oxytocin

song pair: Never Say Never by The Fray

stress happens. even when it's productive stress, it can negatively impact our systems. the good news is we have a great deal of control over offsetting stress in our lives.

cortisol is a stress hormone that pulses through our bodies when we are experiencing stress. this steroid hormone is produced in the adrenal gland and can be erosive and toxic. cortisol underlies disease and illness. we all experience stress. an effective way to annul cortisol is production of the hormone oxytocin.

oxytocin counteracts cortisol. it is naturally produced in the hypothalamus and stored in the pituitary gland. thankfully, there are activities we can engage in to trigger an excess of oxytocin in our bodies. when oxytocin is secreted into our brain, a sense of relief and hope is instilled.

below are a few examples of activities we each can turn to when we need to battle everyday stressers on this wild ride called life:


  • self-compassion statements "I am strong and determined."
  • embracing a loved one (10 seconds of sustained touch from someone: massage, hugs, rubbing neck/back, stroking hair). 
  • positive social media, kind and supportive posts & comments
  • laughter
  • generosity
  • seeking an adventure
  • walking outside in the sun
  • talking to a friend for 15 minutes
  • behaving in a trustworthy manner
  • listening to soothing music
  • slow, deep breathing
  • eating eggs, bananas, and/or black pepper
  • eating a meal with loved ones
  • nurturing your pets


Let's all generate more oxytocin into our systems!





1 comment:

Rachel Rothbard said...

This post came at the exact perfect moment. Sharing this with a friend of mine who has been struggling a bit lately. You said everything I've been trying to express to her. Thank you!

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