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How are self-esteem and cortisol related?

How are self-esteem and cortisol related?

There is a very interesting mechanism. In the morning, immediately after waking up, we have a high level of cortisol, since it is cortisol that gives a person cheerfulness and energy for the whole day. But if additional stress is added to the already high levels of cortisol, for example, due to lack of sleep, relationship problems, etc., cortisol levels become elevated.

And with an overestimated level of cortisol, anxiety, insecurity, self-doubt and low self-esteem appear, and guilt also increases. And even if there are no objective reasons to doubt yourself, these thoughts still appear. If they are not discarded, realizing that you are simply “cortisolized”, then the level of stress from self-doubt and self-criticism will become even greater, since cortisol will again be released from these thoughts.

In one day, of course, nothing terrible will happen. But if this process lasts for several days / weeks or occurs with a certain frequency, then problems with self-esteem and health may appear.

By the way, did you notice in the morning and during the day after a copious amount of alcohol on the eve of a lot of thoughts in your head about your own failure, lack of fulfilment, insecurity, feelings of guilt? It happens for the same reason. The body intensively removes alcohol, and for it it is stress - cortisol rises, and further according to the scheme.

What to do if you catch yourself on the fact that again you evaluate yourself badly and doubt your abilities?

Just tell yourself: “Something “cortisolizes” me.” The real state of affairs has nothing to do with what I think of myself now!

Ask yourself the question: “Why am I now "cortisol"? What causes stress to the body?

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