The effects of Stress and Cortisol on Women

Like many women I have suffered from high levels of stress and high cortisol levels. Together this can greatly affect your health wellbeing!!

So what is Cortisol and what are the signs in Women?

Cortisol is one of the body’s main stress hormones. When you are under stress and your body’s fight or flight response kicks in, cortisol quickly comes to your rescue.
When cortisol production is balanced, levels of the hormone naturally rise and fall during the day. In response to danger, your body temporarily raises levels of cortisol and adrenaline to handle the stressful event. After the stressors have passed, cortisol and adrenaline levels return to normal.

When chronic stress leads to high cortisol levels, it creates a state of adrenal imbalance that often triggers a cascade of adrenal-related symptoms:

  • Fatigue
  • Low sex drive
  • Sleeplessness
  • Weight gain (especially belly fat)
  • Impaired healing and cell regeneration
  • Disrupted digestion, mental function (brain fog) and metabolism
  • Weakened ability to fight infection
  • Imbalances in other important hormones such as DHEA, estrogen, progesterone and testosterone
  • Loss of muscle and bone
  • Mood swings and depression
  • Hair and skin problems
  • Thyroid imbalances

My Spiritual Wellness sessions will help you to address stress factors in your life, show you ways to reduce cortisol levels and balance and heal the adrenal glands.

Remember, it took a lot of time for high cortisol levels to develop and so it’s going to take time to bring your adrenals back to balance. As you work towards this goal, be kind to yourself, be proactive about all the many changes you can make and steps you can take — and know that you will be well again!