Having small mood shifts right before your period is normal, but being on an emotional rollercoaster all the time is not.
In fact, persistent mood swings and anxiety could be a sign of hormone imbalance, specifically low progesterone.
You can feel amazing when your hormones are in balance but hormones can quickly become your frenemy when they are out of whack!
Many women don’t always realise their hormone imbalances are to blame and they certainly don't realise that its fixable. They attribute it to too much stress, too many family obligations, or just feeling burned out all the time.
They just can’t figure out why they seem to have the “super-sized unhappy meal” from feeling regularly anxious and depressed, on edge and angry, weepy then foggy, all while they are trying their best to take care of their family and maintain their careers.
For the millions of women who suffer from hormonal imbalances, life can feel like a never-ending rollercoaster ride of mood swings and unpredictable emotions.
Among the most common hormone disorders is low progesterone. This just isn't talked about in conventional medicine, which focuses on disease rather than the dysfunctions and imbalances that can precede it - but low progesterone is common and can cause a host of physical and emotional symptoms. Navigating the emotional impact of this condition can be tricky, but with proper understanding and self-care, it is possible to find balance. Here's what you need to know about managing the emotional ups and downs associated with low progesterone levels.
Hormones are a powerful force within the body and can have an outsized impact on our emotions. Life's ups and downs can often be directly linked to fluctuating hormone levels, particularly those of progesterone which can happen for women as early as their 30s.
A hormonal imbalance, caused by too little or too much progesterone can have wide-ranging effects on our psychological well-being and manifest itself through a range of emotions, from anger to sadness and beyond.
So when feeling “off kilter” and unable to put your finger on why, it might pay dividends to look into the state of your hormones first (and lifestyle habits that impact hormones) – as this could play a key role in restoring emotional balance!
Progesterone, when imbalanced, can have a far-reaching ripple effect throughout our bodies. It affects both the physical and emotional aspects of our health, from our digestion, aiding in cognition, working as a sedative for sleep, and protecting the nervous system – all functions which directly impact our mood.
People often underestimate the impact of hormones on their mental state, yet an imbalance in progesterone or other hormones can cause emotions to swing like a pendulum – from extreme highs to lows and back again in a never-ending cycle. That’s why looking at the connection between hormone balance and overall well-being is essential for lasting mental health.
Low progesterone isn't just a hollow warning – in addition to provoking symptoms like mood swings and irritability, low progesterone has also been linked to depression, insomnia, and even weight gain.
So if your health suddenly feels out of balance, don't rush out looking for the next trendy supplement; start by making sure your hormones are at an optimal level. Your mood will thank you!
When it comes to managing low progesterone levels and their emotional impact, taking control of your lifestyle is key - but that doesn't mean you have to go it alone!
Learning from a trained hormone expert who understands how all the aspects of your lifestyle can boost or deplete progesterone can make all the difference. Understanding how shifting your food choices to a hormone-friendly diet, limiting environmental toxins found in foods, lawn care and makeup and how to upgrade your sleep, stress management and mindfulness can all shift your hormone balance and your overall emotional well-being.
Taking care of our emotional well-being isn't just good for the heart – it's good for hormone balance too!
First, examine ways that you can boost calm, and structure and create emotional resilience. Sit down and make a list of all your current emotional stressors and ways you can resolve them or lighten the load.
That might require setting stronger boundaries, not over-committing yourself, learning how to say “No” to certain family members, steering clear or limiting interaction with toxic or negative people and not overindulging in unhealthy practises like body shaming, too much social media, and junk foods.
Once you have your list, you may be tempted to try implementing it all at once, but that can be stressful! Instead, each week, choose one emotional stressor to tackle at a time and test it out throughout the week. Taking 5 minutes in the morning to journal about your experiences can remind you to set those boundaries before you make a decision on autopilot.
While some symptoms may be improved with mindset and lifestyle adjustments, you may find that it’s not enough to support your progesterone levels naturally.
If you are already eating healthy, working out, setting those healthy boundaries and yet still feeling emotionally “off kilter”, it’s time to call an expert who can do the right testing to see exactly whether your hormones are imbalanced and at suboptimal levels.
They can recommend further treatments such as medical-grade supplementation further diet changes or even the appropriate bioidentical hormone replacement therapy BHRT. Getting the right treatment can break the vicious circle and get you spiralling upwards.
Getting the proper testing and guidance from a hormone expert who can connect the dots between your symptoms, age, and other health hurdles can also mean less drama as you approach menopause or go through challenging life changes. Simply put, keep track of your hormones to stay sane, calm and resilient.
As a licenced health practitioner with deep expertise in hormone imbalances and bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT), our team will provide the appropriate guidance for your unique situation so you can determine whether you are a candidate for bioidentical hormone replacement therapy.
We examine lifestyle factors that could be unnecessarily draining your natural hormone levels and also provide guidance on natural ways to boost your resilience and longevity.
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can potentially reduce the risk of adverse side effects, and alleviate symptoms leading to a healthier and happier life. If you think that this type of treatment might be right for you, then check out our wellness programme at the bottom of the about/our approach page of the website and if this resonates consider signing up for a free call so we can answer any questions you may have.
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