3 Books that will help decrease cortisol levels

The body produces more cortisol in response to stress. At the same time, it reduces testosterone production, dedicating energy to the production of cortisol so that enough will be available. Cortisol and testosterone levels tend to change together, a reflection of the interconnected systems in the body.

The body does a great job at handling stress, the problem is when cortisol levels are elevated for a long period of time.

Sometimes our lifestyles make it very hard to escape our daily routine and we feel trapped. For now you can apply small changes to your lifestyle taught on this website which can help decrease cortisol levels.

If you are stuck in a lifestyle that is playing havoc on your health I would recommend reading these books which can help you through the tough times and lead you on a different path. Hopefully onto a path of dramatic change and a new healthy lifestyle.

Pleasure by Alexander Lowen

I discovered this book when I was down and out. Days after one of the worst events in my life and I can happily say this book changed my life. As I have always had a natural interest in health in my later years I started researching more about how to improve  psychological health and bioenergetic practices. Maybe I was lead on this new path of discovery because I felt my mind and body had so much more room to grow and  undiscovered capabilities. And after certain tragic events I had 2 options to crumble or grow.

I chose to grow stronger and this was one of the first books I read that helped me on my new journey.

Creative Approach to Life’, Alexander Lowen (1910-2008) explains why pleasure is of the utmost importance for a sane and balanced life, and for both mental and physical health and wellbeing.

Pleasure is simply the human experience when the living process is supported and not repressed. It used to be common knowledge but now is largely forgotten. Our culture implies that great pleasure comes after great effort and attainment. Lowen points out that pleasure comes more naturally, and that the consequence of the long delay of gratification is often the inability to experience gratification.

Alexander Lowen was an American physician and psychotherapist and he developed bioenergetic analysis, a form of mind-body psychotherapy. In this book he will also introduce you to some bioenergetic exercises that help remove stresses from within the body which are definitely worth a try .

The Urban Monk: Eastern Wisdom and Modern Hacks to Stop Time and Find Success, Happiness, and Peace

As I have been diving deeper into Eastern and self awakening practices in the last year this book caught my eye. Even though I knew most of the teachings already it was great to read it all again in a well written manner by a very respected and experienced author.

This book has a load of practical good advice for those looking to live a more focused, less stressful, purposeful, peaceful life while still living in a modern urban world of city traffic and carpools, deadlines, over-filled calendars, and the feeling of being pulled in every direction just making you feel like you’re losing control of your life.

A majority of his tips on sleep, nutrition, cortisol reduction are regularly preached on this website already but yet again if you don’t mind an easy read I highly recommend this book.

 King, Warrior, Magician, Lover: Rediscovering the Archetypes of the Mature Masculine

Mature Masculine men have control of their life, emotions and identity. They are not stuck in a life they don’t wont and don’t chose to neglect their body with bad nutrition and lifestyle choices.

Mature Masculine men are grounded in times of need and are in touch with their ying and yang.

All these traits that comes with being a mature masculine man means a life free from never ending high cortisol levels and a healthier wiser approach to life.

The book gives exact descriptions of a mature masculine man in each of his 4 energy states as King, warrior, magician and lover. The book also reveals methods a man can grow into these energies.

I’ve used this book as a guide for developing the mature human archetypes in myself. If you are stressed and confused about your identity and role as a man in this new age world. Or If you are making the transition from boy to man, or simply just interested in learning more about Masculine Psychology then this is the book for you.

Hope you enjoy these books

Even you are not stressed and are in total control of your health I would still recommend these books to all men especially men looking to be the best versions of themselves.

Kind regards Antonio Ferraro

 

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