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?
Being upvoted lowers my cortisol.
More seriously, I would say sleep.
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.. :)
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. :)
Shooting guns and destroying things in general is an excellent way to relieve some stress!
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 ;)
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.
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.
Listening to some Bowie after a long day at the office while standing over my grill as a beautiful ribeye is cooked to perfection.
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