At long last, developments in neuroscience have led to the exciting moment when I can finally justify the use of my awful pun-type jokes. So here goes...
'Hair' is the proof that regular meditation or mindfulness can actually lower your cortisol levels: In this research paper, cortisol levels were measured in hair samples taken from people engaged in a course of meditation. The research showed that the cortisol levels lowered the longer they engaged in the meditation.
Cortisol is the stress hormone, and research shows that high cortisol levels can cause problems with one's thyroid function, decreased bone density, increased abdominal fat, and higher blood pressure.
You heard it hear first: Cortisol is the new smoking. Remember when planes and restaurants and even shops allowed smoking? Think of all that harm we were being exposed to? In years to come, future generations will look at us and wonder how we could survive without any meditation and mindfulness, allowing so much cortisol to build up.
On the Exercises page I have set out some easy opportunities to engage in meditation and mindfulness. There are plenty more available on Youtube, Spotify, and other forums.
Chris Warren-Dickins LLB MA LPC
Psychotherapist, author of Beyond the Blue, and LGBTQ+ advocate