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What is the one thing that lowers your cortisol most?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created July 27, 2011 at 11:47 PM

For me it is observing each sunrise and sunset so I can think of how to change my former self. I post the thought on FB page for all to read.

A close second is AM sex......

What is yours?

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

(25472)

on January 24, 2013
at 01:21 PM

http://www.jackkruse.com/emf-2-einstein-meet-leptin/

7eba3d743671649c1e06cacce0ba4e77

(1423)

on April 22, 2012
at 06:39 AM

#5 gave me a great visualizing experience ... Thank you!

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on September 11, 2011
at 09:00 PM

On a side note, do you suppose all the Fluoride in tea causes the infamous bad british teeth??? Or is it all the biscuits with the tea??? :)

A2fe5bbd09c7804fd321e9e9a9f9d199

(1614)

on August 02, 2011
at 10:44 PM

Def not for everyone. I've seen many a person get their cortisol raised and walk out of the film in frustration over its non linearity and abstractly connected layers of visual storytelling. For me it's a work that demands full attention, the pores of one's soul fully open and given over to this ambitious vision for a couple of hours. Maybe what lowers my cortisol the most is just the wonder that something like this film was made, the footage and the ideas, the science and the emotion. The forward thinking use of cinema that won't be fully appreciated for some time. Cognitive yoga

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on August 02, 2011
at 07:23 PM

Sounds like a cool film.

Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on July 31, 2011
at 02:27 AM

@baconbitch - can you come a little closer so i can give you a big old kiss!?!?!? as you always seem to do, you got it down lady :)

5437163ddf70d4532f196bfb4333753e

(3614)

on July 30, 2011
at 11:24 PM

That's what I'm doing right now +1!

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

(15976)

on July 30, 2011
at 05:00 PM

Words of scintillating wisdom, bacon

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on July 30, 2011
at 12:10 PM

this is how we relieve our stress where I work. Me and my coworkers and boss tend to enjoy blowing things up. Last year we blew up a microwave (that stopped working) with a pipe bomb. it was beautiful.

149af6e19a06675614dfbb6838a7d7c0

(3202)

on July 30, 2011
at 10:37 AM

I thought so to Jared about my 4 year old, till I noticed she was sprinting away.

2f54dbe892ec89b12d1db686568e885a

(919)

on July 30, 2011
at 08:56 AM

Good scientific support for your proposition about time Resurgent. Einstein believed that there is no true division between past and future, only a single existence. When a friend died. Einstein wrote a letter to his family, saying that although he had preceded him in death it was of no consequence, "...for us physicists believe the separation between past, present, and future is only an illusion, although a convincing one.".

922038b6c0ca6a051cc4858218931456

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on July 29, 2011
at 12:03 PM

Oh yeah. It's definitely a midwest thing. When I went to school in Indiana though, I had friends that played bid euchre instead. NOT my preference! I prefer non bid. Best card game ever.

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

(25472)

on July 28, 2011
at 11:15 PM

With ya girl!!!

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

(25472)

on July 28, 2011
at 11:14 PM

Awesome.....plus 100. Resurg I like your ambient awareness. You give me good karma.

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

(15976)

on July 28, 2011
at 09:20 PM

wow, euchre. i had never heard of that till i went to IL for college. people sure liked it out there, still no clue as to what it actually is

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

(11581)

on July 28, 2011
at 06:08 PM

+1 for theanine, -1 for decaf, +1 for being British and having the name Harry with a chimp avatar.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on July 28, 2011
at 05:16 PM

I always suspected Baconbitch was a screamer. Now, she confirms it in her own words.

F1b39d4f620876330312f4925bd51900

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on July 28, 2011
at 03:15 PM

Ugh! Maybe that's why my cortisol so low. I need to cut back on yoga.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on July 28, 2011
at 03:02 PM

Sorry Uncle Long Hair :)

64433a05384cd9717c1aa6bf7e98b661

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on July 28, 2011
at 02:52 PM

+1 for making me lol

64433a05384cd9717c1aa6bf7e98b661

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on July 28, 2011
at 02:51 PM

This is the best comment thread I've ever read on here. Is person man coming to woodstock next week at UCLA?

Dca3af4a006aff377e5620e7aee19f73

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on July 28, 2011
at 01:51 PM

I am in the military and it has always been a satisfying form of therapy.

3dc940ac9be21e45cf83207814c8cd46

(544)

on July 28, 2011
at 01:14 PM

Resurgent....well said...love it

2f54dbe892ec89b12d1db686568e885a

(919)

on July 28, 2011
at 12:43 PM

Being British in itself lowers cortisol

5437163ddf70d4532f196bfb4333753e

(3614)

on July 28, 2011
at 11:59 AM

Besides, if "Queen Bitch" doesn't put you in a better mood, you are beyond help!

5437163ddf70d4532f196bfb4333753e

(3614)

on July 28, 2011
at 11:59 AM

Well, I was getting a bit burned out on Menudo. Ricky Martin totally ruined the vibe for me, personally.

2f931662684a7747be36255c8b486228

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on July 28, 2011
at 09:09 AM

Very deep stuff Resurgent. But you are right. I have a difficult time forcing myself to stop thinking. To live the very tiny moments, like playing with my daughter without distraction of what's next, what am I not doing. We are such a pushed consumerism, produce, progress oriented society that just thinking of anything leads to stress. Relaxing leads to guilt.

F040035b2008ec80b205481afbd39ad4

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on July 28, 2011
at 07:53 AM

+1 for namechecking Bowie!

5d6a58590ba76136e8dc50c561c8ada2

(450)

on July 28, 2011
at 07:25 AM

sounds awesome!

50637dfd7dc7a7e811d82283f4f5fd10

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on July 28, 2011
at 06:22 AM

Ted Nugent rocks!

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

(25472)

on July 28, 2011
at 03:58 AM

Tiki always exercise after you eat.....sex is breakfast dessert.

Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

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on July 28, 2011
at 03:22 AM

didn't know there were so many yoga-ers on PH.

9a5e2da94ad63ea3186dfa494e16a8d1

(15833)

on July 28, 2011
at 02:53 AM

Damn, baconbitch totally stole my line!

9a5e2da94ad63ea3186dfa494e16a8d1

(15833)

on July 28, 2011
at 02:52 AM

Lookie here! Ted Nugent on PaleoHacks!

B1859f696e88d25460a6b8a333412ea3

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on July 28, 2011
at 02:40 AM

Is that sex before, or after the Breakfast with 50g of protein?

2d4ff23c8ce7fb00708fa88ceffd4087

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on July 28, 2011
at 01:41 AM

Jack, maybe their cortisol was elevated.

B0454de6d4f4cdd9ca2e59021dc105bf

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on July 28, 2011
at 01:29 AM

But how do you know your cortisol levels are really lower?

Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

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on July 28, 2011
at 01:28 AM

Only on PH would this hilarious exchange between these 2 blokes make perfect sense. "Do you have a website yet Quilt?" "You still in the wilderness person?" They don't even sound like real sentences, or real questions. Somehow, PM didn't even know the site was up, and the Doc suspects it's because he's in the wilderness. It all makes perfect sense.

51691d78e11ef532374f0205d0069f96

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on July 28, 2011
at 01:02 AM

I agree...yoga is the best!!!

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

(25472)

on July 28, 2011
at 12:45 AM

You still in the wilderness person?

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

(25472)

on July 28, 2011
at 12:45 AM

Plus one.......

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

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on July 28, 2011
at 12:27 AM

Yes sir. Jackkruse.com

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on July 28, 2011
at 12:01 AM

Do you have a website yet Quilt?

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on July 28, 2011
at 12:01 AM

Sex, yoga, sex, a doobie, sex. Oh - and a really good scream. Seriously - I live in the redwoods so I can scream really loud and it makes me feel so much better after a shitastic day.

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21
0bc6cbb653cdc5e82400f6da920f11eb

(19245)

on July 28, 2011
at 02:24 PM

Being upvoted lowers my cortisol.

More seriously, I would say sleep.

64433a05384cd9717c1aa6bf7e98b661

(15236)

on July 28, 2011
at 02:52 PM

+1 for making me lol

21
A089b683ee0498f2b21b7edfa300e405

on July 28, 2011
at 04:20 AM

Love, Laughter and Let Go...

Real love is not an escape from loneliness, the real love is an overflowing aloneness. One is so happy in being alone that one would like to share ??? happiness always wants to share. It is too much, it cannot be contained; like the flower cannot contain its fragrance, it has to be released..

Nothing releases one's blocked energies as does laughter. Nothing makes one more innocent as does laughter..

And our mind exists in time, in fact mind is time; it exists in the past and the future. Wonder if we realize that time consists only of two tenses, past and future. The present is not part of time, the present is part of eternity.. So when I live in this moment and let go of the past and the future, there is nothing, not even cortisol.. :)

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

(25472)

on July 28, 2011
at 11:14 PM

Awesome.....plus 100. Resurg I like your ambient awareness. You give me good karma.

3dc940ac9be21e45cf83207814c8cd46

(544)

on July 28, 2011
at 01:14 PM

Resurgent....well said...love it

2f931662684a7747be36255c8b486228

(1049)

on July 28, 2011
at 09:09 AM

Very deep stuff Resurgent. But you are right. I have a difficult time forcing myself to stop thinking. To live the very tiny moments, like playing with my daughter without distraction of what's next, what am I not doing. We are such a pushed consumerism, produce, progress oriented society that just thinking of anything leads to stress. Relaxing leads to guilt.

2f54dbe892ec89b12d1db686568e885a

(919)

on July 30, 2011
at 08:56 AM

Good scientific support for your proposition about time Resurgent. Einstein believed that there is no true division between past and future, only a single existence. When a friend died. Einstein wrote a letter to his family, saying that although he had preceded him in death it was of no consequence, "...for us physicists believe the separation between past, present, and future is only an illusion, although a convincing one.".

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306905a32e76b5c0764a663ea7e88426

(1072)

on July 28, 2011
at 12:37 PM

I'm British, so it might be obvious, but a nice cup of tea...

The L-theanine in a good cup of green [or black] tea can reduce cortisol levels and calm you down... Just go decaf. :)

2f54dbe892ec89b12d1db686568e885a

(919)

on July 28, 2011
at 12:43 PM

Being British in itself lowers cortisol

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

(11581)

on July 28, 2011
at 06:08 PM

+1 for theanine, -1 for decaf, +1 for being British and having the name Harry with a chimp avatar.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on September 11, 2011
at 09:00 PM

On a side note, do you suppose all the Fluoride in tea causes the infamous bad british teeth??? Or is it all the biscuits with the tea??? :)

14
9ac8a7b68cf079b22de42b703e466e64

(787)

on July 27, 2011
at 11:49 PM

for me, it's yoga, then yoga, then yoga

Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

(18472)

on July 28, 2011
at 03:22 AM

didn't know there were so many yoga-ers on PH.

F1b39d4f620876330312f4925bd51900

(4090)

on July 28, 2011
at 03:15 PM

Ugh! Maybe that's why my cortisol so low. I need to cut back on yoga.

51691d78e11ef532374f0205d0069f96

(35)

on July 28, 2011
at 01:02 AM

I agree...yoga is the best!!!

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

(25472)

on July 28, 2011
at 12:45 AM

Plus one.......

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Dca3af4a006aff377e5620e7aee19f73

on July 28, 2011
at 01:07 AM

Shooting guns and destroying things in general is an excellent way to relieve some stress!

Dca3af4a006aff377e5620e7aee19f73

(221)

on July 28, 2011
at 01:51 PM

I am in the military and it has always been a satisfying form of therapy.

9a5e2da94ad63ea3186dfa494e16a8d1

(15833)

on July 28, 2011
at 02:52 AM

Lookie here! Ted Nugent on PaleoHacks!

50637dfd7dc7a7e811d82283f4f5fd10

(5838)

on July 28, 2011
at 06:22 AM

Ted Nugent rocks!

Medium avatar

(2169)

on July 30, 2011
at 12:10 PM

this is how we relieve our stress where I work. Me and my coworkers and boss tend to enjoy blowing things up. Last year we blew up a microwave (that stopped working) with a pipe bomb. it was beautiful.

9
E7a462d6e99fec7e8f0ddda11b34a770

(1638)

on July 28, 2011
at 01:25 PM

Sitting or sleeping with a purring cat on my chest or next to my ear. Somewhere I even read that it has been scientifically proven that a cat's purring can lower stress levels.

9
0dc1d63c3d5975f5115f535c6a90c9dd

(2283)

on July 28, 2011
at 01:26 AM

Yoga! Also, a good nights sleep. Spending time with friends. The quiet house when all are asleep. Being in nature. Rocking my sleeping 18 month old, like I am right now ;)

7
7d0c3ea9bf8be00b93e6433d8f125ac3

(7540)

on July 28, 2011
at 02:50 AM

Cooking. Going for a long walk. Trail running through the forest. Waking up really early and riding my bike to the lookout to watch the sun rise. Life is good :)

Edit: and also, coming home and being greeted by my dog wagging her tail and tearing around the apartment in circles because she's so excited we're there to play with her again, that will make me laugh no matter how bad the day was.

6
5437163ddf70d4532f196bfb4333753e

(3614)

on July 28, 2011
at 12:57 PM

Nope, changing my answer. Seeing my 4 year-old sprinting across the day care playground screaming "Daddddddyyyyyy!" the second he sees that I'm there to pick him up.

149af6e19a06675614dfbb6838a7d7c0

(3202)

on July 30, 2011
at 10:37 AM

I thought so to Jared about my 4 year old, till I noticed she was sprinting away.

6
44348571d9bc70c02ac2975cc500f154

(5853)

on July 28, 2011
at 04:16 AM

Going to a forrest alone to gather blueberries and mushrooms. Thank god we still have relatively clean enviroment in north. Its good to be able to breath clean air low on toxins. Its impossible in many cities.

5d6a58590ba76136e8dc50c561c8ada2

(450)

on July 28, 2011
at 07:25 AM

sounds awesome!

6
B14dc4aa1ddefbec3bc09550428ee493

on July 28, 2011
at 02:44 AM

Don't sweat the small stuff...and it's all small stuff.

6
5437163ddf70d4532f196bfb4333753e

(3614)

on July 28, 2011
at 02:21 AM

Listening to some Bowie after a long day at the office while standing over my grill as a beautiful ribeye is cooked to perfection.

5437163ddf70d4532f196bfb4333753e

(3614)

on July 28, 2011
at 11:59 AM

Well, I was getting a bit burned out on Menudo. Ricky Martin totally ruined the vibe for me, personally.

F040035b2008ec80b205481afbd39ad4

(1837)

on July 28, 2011
at 07:53 AM

+1 for namechecking Bowie!

5437163ddf70d4532f196bfb4333753e

(3614)

on July 28, 2011
at 11:59 AM

Besides, if "Queen Bitch" doesn't put you in a better mood, you are beyond help!

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8b3aa65d525ac983df1a7c9e12f9288a

on July 28, 2011
at 06:48 PM

It's hard to measure Cortisol.... You need to do it a multiple times a day and I think it's expensive++

I used to do work for a company called emWave - it's a biofeedback tool that measures your heart rate variability. You do sessions with it that I call "digital meditation". It's very cool and I use it all the time.

They had one study with 30 people using it for 30 mins a day for 30 days... their DHEA doubled, adn their cortisol decreased 26%. Pretty impressive.

5
22212e9ba2a041e6da6c963d4d41615a

(5773)

on July 28, 2011
at 02:05 PM

A nice glass of pinot noir while sitting on my porch with my beautiful wife!

5437163ddf70d4532f196bfb4333753e

(3614)

on July 30, 2011
at 11:24 PM

That's what I'm doing right now +1!

4
B525b3e4b1d6f1cdceec943cdec6eb7d

(1680)

on July 28, 2011
at 06:18 PM

Hiking in the forest, far away from people, cars, concrete, etc. Trees, moss, birdsong, fresh air... ah, that's good.

Twice daily or as required.

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1a98a40ba8ffdc5aa28d1324d01c6c9f

(20378)

on July 28, 2011
at 02:54 AM

Sleeping a full nights sleep. Going for a walk with family / friends. Standing by a river, lake or ocean.

3
1da74185531d6d4c7182fb9ee417f97f

on August 03, 2011
at 03:28 AM

Breastfeeding or hopping around and making my little one laugh. He's a cheap date. :-)

3
A2fe5bbd09c7804fd321e9e9a9f9d199

on August 02, 2011
at 06:56 PM

Lately it is art.

I am about to go see this 2 1/2 hour film in the theater called The Tree of Life for the sixth (!) time. It's hard to put exactly into words how it strangely settles me, the themes are so ominous, personal, universal, troubling, and also cathartic to see them play out so beautifully; essentially a family drama set against the cosmic backdrop of the creation of the universe and formation of all life. I feel grounded walking out of this film like no other I've ever experienced. I think a big part of it is there is no traditional story to be worried about, only sensations and poetic flow. I didn't know film could do this, this well. Malick is a genius. My cortisol subsides.

0a2dd50f2d3951bf3fb83fc4638c9512

(1960)

on August 02, 2011
at 07:23 PM

Sounds like a cool film.

A2fe5bbd09c7804fd321e9e9a9f9d199

(1614)

on August 02, 2011
at 10:44 PM

Def not for everyone. I've seen many a person get their cortisol raised and walk out of the film in frustration over its non linearity and abstractly connected layers of visual storytelling. For me it's a work that demands full attention, the pores of one's soul fully open and given over to this ambitious vision for a couple of hours. Maybe what lowers my cortisol the most is just the wonder that something like this film was made, the footage and the ideas, the science and the emotion. The forward thinking use of cinema that won't be fully appreciated for some time. Cognitive yoga

3
922038b6c0ca6a051cc4858218931456

(392)

on July 28, 2011
at 01:51 PM

Currently it's playing euchre with some friends. I've needed it so much lately that I've played 4 out of the past 5 days.

And running. Definitely running. It's my escape.

Yesterday it was running followed by euchre.

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

(15976)

on July 28, 2011
at 09:20 PM

wow, euchre. i had never heard of that till i went to IL for college. people sure liked it out there, still no clue as to what it actually is

922038b6c0ca6a051cc4858218931456

(392)

on July 29, 2011
at 12:03 PM

Oh yeah. It's definitely a midwest thing. When I went to school in Indiana though, I had friends that played bid euchre instead. NOT my preference! I prefer non bid. Best card game ever.

3
24fcc21452ebe39c032be6801d6bbadd

(9812)

on July 28, 2011
at 01:14 PM

Watching a nice sunset, or savasana at the end of a Bikram yoga class. Nearest studio is 1.5 hours away, so that one is a rare treat for me...

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

(25472)

on July 28, 2011
at 11:15 PM

With ya girl!!!

3
B1859f696e88d25460a6b8a333412ea3

on July 28, 2011
at 02:47 AM

Karezza Sex in the morning. Meditation

2
Bdf98e5a57befa6f0877f978ba09871c

on February 05, 2012
at 09:15 PM

I don't know so much about the lowering of cortisol, but I do know what makes me feel better about life, and this probably has a physiological response. In no particular order:

  1. Music. It's a beautiful spiritual thing, and can really awaken my senses.
  2. My mate. We're social animals, and nothing makes my day feel closed and complete like coming home to my mate.
  3. Food. Both eating and cooking. Again, a very sensory experience. I watch the fire, I cut the meat or veggies I scoop it with my bare hands into the pot, and I hear the sizzling. and I chant to myself as I do it.
  4. Theatre. Being barefoot, moving my body (especially after years in a wheelchair), and knowing that I am on my way to making art.
  5. Sunlight. Living in a city has been hard for me after being in the country. Sunlight through my window is very warm even in winter, and makes me feel great.
  6. Barefooting. Anywhere, but preferably in the grassy forests and fields near my family farm. Feel the earth and feel alive.

7eba3d743671649c1e06cacce0ba4e77

(1423)

on April 22, 2012
at 06:39 AM

#5 gave me a great visualizing experience ... Thank you!

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B3c62d89cd47b7d7209b6a99243d0ded

on July 28, 2011
at 04:16 PM

Sex or other fun exercise till I'm all worn out, then lying flat and soaking in the peace and endorphins.

2
77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on July 28, 2011
at 01:46 PM

William Ackerman, my two dogs.

1
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on January 23, 2013
at 11:52 PM

SUGAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

1
27e79ef3308bb5f2d7bd04ee7eea7b79

(2038)

on July 28, 2011
at 04:20 PM

Curling up with a good book in front of a sunny window.

1
76f3ead3aa977d876bcf3331d35a36e9

(4620)

on July 28, 2011
at 03:41 PM

Playing some sexy blues on my Fender Strat.

1
B4e1fa6a8cf43d2b69d97a99dfca262c

(10255)

on July 28, 2011
at 03:29 PM

starting my A.M. shift rotation at work; that first 5am walk to the bus stop is the most relief filled moment of the month for me.

1
F5698e16f1793c0bb00daea6a2e222a4

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on July 28, 2011
at 01:56 PM

Time with my wife and little ones and weight lifting.

Whether it's actually lowering my cortisol or not I have no idea, but it feels like it is! I plan on getting a cortisol test soon and then we'll see where I'm at.

0
74786bbe8254844304a33943290c4d6d

on January 23, 2013
at 11:53 PM

Mindfulness meditation.

5Rhythms.

Both changed/saved my life. Seriously.

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

(25472)

on January 24, 2013
at 01:21 PM

http://www.jackkruse.com/emf-2-einstein-meet-leptin/

0
B0454de6d4f4cdd9ca2e59021dc105bf

on August 03, 2011
at 03:51 AM

Are you guys seriously trying different things and then getting your cortisol levels checked afterwards? I wouldn't get too stressed out by your cortisol levels!

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on July 30, 2011
at 09:40 PM

Inhaling that horsey smell wafting up from a well exercised beastie as we walk back home from a nice ride. It brings back many happy memories of my youth and, being on the back of a horse, has always been my favorite state of being.

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E44e81ddcd5bc07c09d58c295691a15e

on July 30, 2011
at 06:06 AM

Being alone, outdoors. But in my dreams, the same with my dogs, alive again.

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