Stress And Hormones – Keep Calm And Follow My Top 3 Practical Tips
It was National Stress Awareness Day on 7 November, and sadly our hormones are the first place we feel the result of stress. Progesterone helps elevate mood, but there are some other simple steps you can take to keep control of your stress.
Really having one day a year when we pay attention to stress is just not enough as anyone who has suffered symptoms of hormonal distress from PMS right through to menopause and beyond knows very well.
Stress puts our body into fighting mode so it goes to deal with the most urgent symptoms, and to the body irrational moodiness or hot flushes are just not urgent – however much you might think so. Hot flushes in particular are very vulnerable to stress which is why it is a good idea to increase your dosage of bioidentical progesterone cream when stressed. This is because stress leads to adrenal fatigue and some hormone disruption the stress hormone cortisol is made from progesterone. That’s why it helps to give your progesterone levels a boost to help you cope better when stressed.
3 Simple Tips To Help You Cope:
A few years ago I wrote a book to help people cope with stress and these are my top tips on how to reduce your stress load:
1 REDUCE YOUR STRESS LOAD:
I know – easier said than done – but really you need to take a good look at what is stressing you and find a way to handle it. You may need to postpone changes in your living situation, reduce the pace of change in your life or cut down on your social, work or school obligations.
Key tip: learn to say “No” more often – if this is hard for you then think of it not saying no to someone else, but saying yes to yourself.
2 TAKE POSITIVE ACTION
There are several ways you can do this but a good start is with your diet. When stressed we turn to things that comfort us, but they are not always the things that will keep you at maximum health to help your body cope with the additional strains that stress puts upon it.
Make sure your diet supports, and doesn’t drain you and that means stabilizing your blood sugar with more complex carbohydrates such as bread, pasta, rice and increase your intake of fruit and vegetables. Don’t get dehydrated; drink plenty of water but reduce your intake of stimulants such as coffee, tea and alcohol.
Help yourself by taking vitamin B complex and C as these will help you deal with stress better, and Rescue Remedy in water is a good way to take down your feelings of anxiety.
Increase your progesterone levels to give your mood a boost and don’t keep your feelings to yourself: talk to a close friend, family member or therapist.
Key tip: make sure to prioritise your own wellbeing, no one else will!
3 FIND RELAXATION TIME:
No matter how busy you are there is going to a window where you can find time for yourself in each day – even if it is only 15 minutes – think of it as a relaxation break rather than a tea break!
What you do matters less than the ‘appointment’ you make with yourself to make time for your time. It may be a hobby you already enjoy, or you might decide explore something new that will absorb you or simply listen to relaxation tapes or music that takes you out of your everyday world. For many, meditation works well, or if you need something more physical then yoga, Tai Chi or Chi Kung can have the same effect
Key tip: accept that you have a right to take time just for you. Don’t put off relaxing until ‘later’ as later never comes.
AnnA Rushton’s book, ‘Too Stressed To Cope?’ is available for download from her website at http://www.creativecatalyst.co.uk/stress-book/
David Jockers has written an excellent article on the herb Ashwaganda and its use for relieving fatigue, nervous exhaustion, and memory loss associated with stress: