In his great book The French Don't Diet Plan, neurophysiologist Will Clower encourages readers facing stressful situations to ask themselves if the situation is "worth the cortisol". It's a great reminder that while we may not be able to control what happens to us, we surely have some control over how we react.
We'd do well to heed Clower's advice. Cortisol is a stress hormone that can shorten your life when too much of it is produced in your body over a prolonged period of time. Fortunately, many stress-reduction strategies like regular mindfulness meditation and taking steps to improve your sleep help keep your cortisol levels lower, too.
Give them a try and next time life is making you frantic, ask yourself, is it worth the cortisol?
The French Don't Diet Plan. 10 Simple Steps to Stay Thin for Life. Will Clower, PhD. Crown Publishers. 2006.