Do you guys know anything to lower cortisol?
Magnesium glycinate. It is highly absorbable and one of the few forms of magnesium that actually reaches the brain where it acts as an antagonist at the glycine site of the NMDA receptor. Low levels of magnesium are associated with higher levels of cortisol.
you only need to lower it during the times when you're supposed to be resting. It's supposed to be high in the morning. My naturopath told me to get to bed before 11 to take advantage of the natural circadian rhythm that synchs up with the sun. Staying up too late spikes cortisol at the wrong time--and to make more cortisol you may be losing testosterone. So what I was told is to get to bed well before midnight, take L-Theanine, GABA and Ashwagandha to manage stress, and avoid aggravation as much as possible. Sometimes I have to use Melatonin to get myself tired before midnight as I am naturally a night owl. See here I am up at 1am again working...
Cortisol spikes are caused mainly from an HPA deregulation.I've been there and it takes time to calm down the adrenals.I do not imply that supps will not help but it will take time and I believe that you already feel what big amounts of suffering per prolonged unit of time means.From my experience ,a flotation tank would do wonders due the huge magnesium intake at epidermal level.
Gotu Kola provides immediate sedation (within one to two hours). Taken every second day, it can help balance your brain chemistry and lower anxiety consistently.

CoQ10 can also help reduce the impact of stress on your heart, which it is likely to be having.

These are to an extent bandaid solutions though: they will help a lot and you'll probably feel a noticeable difference but you need to address the way you're breathing and your overall stress response by learning to observe thoughts and emotions. Heart rate variability breathing is a way of calming the nervous system through slow, deep breathing timed in way that you expel more carbon dioxide through your out breath than you breath in oxygen eg breath in 3-4 seconds; breathe out 5-6 seconds; maintain for 1 minute to start feeling a difference; ideally, dedicate at least 5 minutes uninterrupted to this each day (as breathing meditation)

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