We’re all exposed to stress on a daily basis. Over time, we have learned to adapt and develop some management strategies so that we complete our everyday life. This is normal, but what happens if the stress levels are high and they have been high for quite some time? What happens with our hormonal balance?
Our body is meant to release a hormone called cortisol to help us manage and adapt to stress. Sometimes if we are under stress for long periods of time, we basically use up our ability to produce cortisol. When this happens, our body needs another strategy. As a woman, one of the primary ways is for our body to start stealing primary sex hormones to make cortisol. As a result, hormonal imbalances can occur.
Women can feel hormonal imbalances in different ways, but commonly the symptoms are mood changes. These can fluctuate at different points in the cycle. As a result of hormonal imbalances, women may have different types of discomfort at certain times of the month. Some women will even feel a lot of fatigue when their hormones are out of balance. If the hormones are severely depleted women can feel this way all the time, not just at certain times of the month.
Sometimes women try to balance their hormones through hormonal treatments, supplements, diet, and exercise. These methods are all great, but if the underlying root cause of the hormonal imbalance is actually due to stress these methods are not effective. When you are out of balance, you really need to address the root cause, otherwise, you’ll never actually fully correct the imbalance.
Stress management strategies begin developing when we are children. If you were exposed to a lot of stress as a child this can play a part in how you manage your stress levels in adulthood. Perhaps as a child, you experienced some sort of physical or emotional abuse. Maybe there was a death in your family, there was a divorce, or some other traumatic event took place. Any of these types of occurrences can greatly affect your ability to manage stress as an adult.
It is really important to determine your current stress level and where the stress is coming from. To do this, ask yourself these questions:
- What is my ability to adapt and manage stress?
- Do I need to lower the stress in my life?
- Are there different lifestyle strategies that I need to adopt?
- Do I need to develop some different strategies around my management techniques?
The good news is you don’t have to do this all on your own. You can work with someone who can develop an individualized plan just for you. They can not only help you deal with your hormonal imbalance and the symptoms you’re feeling but actually, determine the root cause of your issue. By doing this, you can figure out how to get the systems in your body back into balance. I’m happy to have a free 45-minute consult with you if you’d like to learn more. Let’s work together to get your hormones happy again so that you can live the life you’d like to lead!
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