Happy Monday! Here is a little repost to set you up for a good week ahead.
Many of us rush through our day, some days we may even forgot to take lunch, or eat it whilst we are at our computer trying to catch up on endless emails or squeezing in the life admin that we have been meaning to do for weeks.
Stop. Step away from your desk. Take some deep breaths. Better still, go outside and get some daylight and air. Listen to one of your favourite songs and close your eyes and just take yourself away to your favourite place for 5 minutes.
We know through scientific research that by doing this a few times a day, not only are we far more productive when we get back to work, it also significantly reduces levels of our stress hormone - cortisol, which for many people is chronically high all day. This is a real problem for many when they then feel ‘wired’ late in the evening, and cannot sleep.
Cortisol is one of the hormones that is influenced by our body clock. It should be at its highest first thing in the morning to gently rouse us from sleep, and from that point on it should fall throughout the day, being ready to surge only when we have a stressful situation that we need to respond to. It should then continue to fall so that the levels are low by the time we need to start producing Melatonin (our sleep hormone) in the early evening.
These two hormones work paradoxically, meaning when one is high, the other cannot work affectively.
If we remain chronically stressed and ‘busy’ all day, we don’t give our cortisol chance to drop , and we will take a lot longer to fall asleep due to our Melatonin release having been delayed.
By taking a few breaks earlier in the day, we will allow the cortisol levels to drop little by little, and sleep will come much easier at bedtime 💤 😴