9. Tend to Your Spirituality
If you consider yourself spiritual, developing your faith can also help improve cortisol.
Studies show that adults who expressed spiritual faith experienced lower cortisol levels in the face of life stressors such as illness.
Prayer is also associated with reduced anxiety and depression (65).
If you do not consider yourself spiritual, these benefits may also be available through meditation, developing a social support group and performing acts of kindness (66).
Summary: For those with spiritual inclinations, developing faith and participating in prayer can help control cortisol. Whether you’re spiritual or not, performing acts of kindness can also improve your cortisol levels.