5 easy morning habits to lower cortisol level naturally

We've all been there - the breaking point. When your fuse is basically a literal spark about to set you on fire.

We’ve all been there – the breaking point. When your fuse is basically a literal spark about to set you on fire.

For me, it was snapping at my assistant over a tiny little thing that normally wouldn’t bother me. She gave me that “are you…okay?” look. Let’s face it, I was clearly NOT okay. This meltdown finally forced the question – what’s really going on here?

The Hard Truth About Your Hidden Hormone Hijacker

Girl, have I been there! A few months ago, I was a total stressed-out mess and didn’t even realize how bad my cortisol levels had gotten until I experienced the hormonal hurricane firsthand.

I’m talking about:

  • Constant fatigue,
  • Anxiety for no reason,
  • Trouble sleeping through the night,
  • Crazy sugar cravings,
  • Weight gain (especially around the belly)
  • Constant bloating,
  • Puffy moon face,
  • Brain fog so thick you could cut it with a knife,
  • and a constant feeling of being ON from the second I woke up.

At first, I chalked it up to being a busy girl and putting it behind me. But after I had a total no-energy meltdown in front of the crew one day, I knew something had to change.

That’s when I discovered – holy cortisol! My stress hormone was completely OUT OF CONCENTRATION and running the show behind the scenes, no matter how much wine-soaked self-care I threw at it. Once I got up to speed on some simple testing methods (seriously, get this test to check your levels – it’s a game changer), I could finally see what was really going on under the hood.

What Really Helps Lower Cortisol

Lucky for you queens, I’ve done all the WORK to get our inner zen back on track. I read up on all the latest research on balancing cortisol, from diet to lifestyle habits to self-care routines. I even got the scoop on some delicious cortisol-boosting cocktail recipes from my friend, the naturopathic Drink Skin doctor herself! (You can get the full deets on these tasty drinks right over here).

But here’s the truth-most of our hormone balancing (which, of course, includes cortisol regulation) comes down to simple habits. Yes, you read that right – simple habits.

RIGHT HABITS. And lots of quick and easy tips and tricks that will really help us get back to that Superwoman state where we can do it all and still be naturally relaxed and happy.

But even with all these tips and tricks, it was still a struggle at first to actually STICK TO rituals that lower cortisol for good. I’m talking two steps forward, one big step back… until I tried to implement this simple 7-day plan that finally helped me cement these vital hormone-balancing habits as a lifestyle!

Simple Habits to Balance Your Cortisol

And now, let’s break down some super simple, yet life-changing habits to help you gorgeous Queens over 40 get your cortisol situation under control.

Because when our stress hormone levels are out of whack, it can wreak havoc on our energy, mood, sleep, and overall glow factor. But fear not: by incorporating a few key morning and nighttime rituals into your routine, you’ll be feeling cool, calm, and radiant again in no time!

So let’s make it simple!

Let’s start with pleasant and easy morning habits that still have a HUGE impact on your hormone balance. And really soon we’ll be talking about evening routines to reduce cortisol and sleep sooooo sweet – stay tuned!

5 Morning Habits to Wake Up to Energy & Ease

1. Put the phone down!

Look, I get it – most of us are just addicted to those little portable portals first thing in the morning. But you know what’s not cute? Instantly triggering your fight-or-flight mode by doom-scrolling through a zillion notifications before your pretty feet have even hit the ground. It’s a harsh wake-up call for your amygdala (that’s your brain’s threat detection system), kicking your body into stress overdrive way too early. Not the morning vibe we’re going for!

Pro Tip: Hide your phone somewhere else before bed to remove the temptation.

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2. Breathe in refreshing calm

Once you’ve created a little phone-free sanctuary for yourself in the morning, the next step is to dedicate at least 2-3 minutes to taking some delicious, revitalizing deep breaths. This may seem like a small thing, but let me tell you – this simple act is one of the most powerful ways to immediately put the brakes on your body’s stress response.

Pro Tip: Try inhaling for 4 counts, exhaling for 6 counts. Repeat for 2-5 minutes.

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3. Bathe in Morning Radiance

Another total game-changer for regulating your body’s inner chaos conductor (aka cortisol)? Getting your dose of natural morning light! See, when sunlight hits your pupils first thing in the morning, it triggers the release of all those delicious neurotransmitters and hormones that are in charge of your sleep-wake cycle. Hello, improved circadian rhythms and an optimized ability to adapt to stressors!

Pro Tip: Aim for 5-10 minutes on sunny days, 20-30 minutes on cloudy days. Open the curtains!

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4. The Protein-Powered Breakfast

They say we glow from the inside out, and nowhere is that more evident than in the nutritious foods we put into our precious bodies first thing in the morning. When we start the morning with nutritious, blood-sugar-balancing meals centered around lean protein, fiber-rich complex carbohydrates, and healthy fats, our whole system works like a well-oiled machine when it comes to managing the cortisol game.

Top tip: Aim for at least 25 grams of clean protein like eggs or Greek yogurt.

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5. Coffee after breakfast

I know, I know – suggesting that my dearly beloved put off her morning caffeine fix may have just felt like a personal attack. But hear me out! While coffee and tea can definitely have their place in a relaxing morning ritual, sipping on them before putting any solid food into your system can actually do a number on your blood sugar situation. And as we know, those rollercoaster glucose levels are a surefire way to send cortisol into code red territory.

Pro Tip: Sip your latte or matcha NOT before, but after your meal (at least with your meal).

The Ultimate Self-Care Formula

Does it take some consistent effort? Of course, boo-nothing worth having ever came easy. But I guarantee that if you slowly start incorporating even 2-3 of these tips into your routine over the next few weeks, the mood-boosting, energizing results will have you hooked for life. Imagine how freeing it will feel to greet each new day from a state of ease and centered power instead of frazzled, nervous chaos. Now that’s what I call true luxury living!

So let’s get in formation, shall we, sweethearts? Your most rejuvenated, confident, joyful self is just a few deep breaths, sunny sessions, and nutritious bites away. Who feels radically rested already?

Always yours,

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