Is it just me, or is it my hormones?
There is a well-known belief that admitting you have a problem is the first and biggest step to conquering the problem. This is a belief usually applied to problems with addiction.
Another way of looking at this idea is that once you admit to a problem not only can you begin to solve the problem but it opens your mind up to new ways of looking at the problem and possible solutions. Strangely as you begin to do this, new ideas, concepts, people and answers, you couldn’t see before, begin to emerge.
Up until this moment of clarity, your mind is closed to possible solutions. If you’ve ever had this experience, then you know how mysteriously magical it can all appear. But really? You’ve just begun to develop a razor-sharp vision.
Like problems that need solving, there seems to be a long-held belief of inevitability about life. You will inevitably put on weight at a certain age, or start to develop wrinkles at this particular age (insert whatever age you think this may be for you).
I remember in my late 20s someone announcing to me, even at the positively young age of 28 that I was already in that dark region of a slow and steady decline into oblivion and the inevitability of old age! Of course, this is ridiculous. I’m not too fond of that kind of sweeping statements for the very reason that they plant themselves in our minds and tend to stay there. We begin to accept it all as ‘the norm’ or worse the acceptance of a fate that even though in your mind, you know, is a long way off remains widely accepted as inevitable.
Like turning 30, 40 or 50 and beyond, for most of us these milestones are inevitable. Just like beginning to see the first signs of menopause. Inevitable, but a long way off and surely those strange symptoms you’re beginning to experience in your mid-30s are not the beginning of menopause? Are they?
The walk of shame.
If you’re particularly tuned in to changes in your body, then there’s a whole lot of symptoms or occurrences or moods that can be linked back to the various stages of your hormonal life. I can look at my own life and acknowledge obvious markers directly attributed to hormonal imbalances and the ups and downs that come with it.
Thankfully in my 30s as it is for many, Evening Primrose Oil became a life-saving supplement for the worst out-of-body mood swings you could imagine. Horrible!! “It’s not me, it’s my hormones” I cried in shame.
But I was muddling through as we all do. It was only my naturally inquisitive mind that led me to solutions. This was long before google. Yep, life before google, how did we all manage?
These days rather than not enough information, we’re faced with too much. Sure, you can find out stuff about your reproductive hormones, you can read up on remedies for PMS such as the supplement Evening Primrose Oil, but with all this information there still seems to be a disparity between what begins to happen at around the age of 35 and what awaits you from around the age of 45.
This is when peri-menopause can start to make itself known, leaving us all a little unprepared for the vast array of symptoms on the horizon. You may think when the time comes; your GP will guide you. Well, if you’re lucky enough to have a doctor well versed in menopause, then consider yourself to have won the hormonal lottery, for everyone else? Read on.
Bursting with confidence? No, not really.
What’s most upsetting? Often those around you may not understand what you’re going through, and ‘it’s not me; it’s my hormones’ always sounds a bit lame. But worse than this is the shame and anxiety associated with the inability to function and look your best at a time in your life when you really should be feeling on top of the world and bursting with confidence!!!
Now, before you consider this is all just life. It’s normal and to be accepted as the inevitable ageing process, you may want to consider, despite what your body will naturally do in the various hormonal stages of your life, you can actually take control and manage a lot of how your body responds to hormonal secretions that age you unnecessarily. You can begin to see the light at the end of the hormonal tunnel and the importance of taking control to improve your overall health and happiness.
Hormonal imbalances and Your Hormone Doctor.
I want to introduce you to a book I wish I’d read 10 years ago. A book every woman needs to read. This is a book about becoming tuned in to the topsy turvy nature of your hormones. Not just your productive hormones, but the hormones that affect your weight, your energy levels, wrinkles, changes in your body shape and your ability to manage stress and anxiety.
This is a book that will explain quite a few of the issues you’ve been struggling with.
- Why weight becomes so difficult to shift once you hit a certain age.
- How your attitude plays a huge role in how you age.
- The massive impact stress and worry will have on your hormone imbalances and the struggle to cope.
- How becoming calm can actually reverse ageing and help you to lose weight and improve the way you think.
- The role sleep plays in balancing our hormonal responses to improve our weight and a more youthful appearance.
- How nutritious food and vitamin supplements help control your hormonal responses.
- The link between weight gain and hormones like insulin and leptin and what you can do about it.
- The science behind how sex makes us, not just look younger but literally ‘lights up’ our brains.
Experiencing hormonal changes? Don’t go it all alone.
Your Hormone Doctor is not just packed with extremely sound information, but it’s written in a way that’s easy to read and understand. The authors, Leah Hardy and Susie Rogers, along with Dr Daniel Sister for dietary support really get it. They get YOU.
You’ll find so many of the symptoms you’re experiencing begin to make sense. You’ll begin to find the solutions to your hormonal imbalances and problems and begin to understand you can choose. You can take control, and while it’s true you can’t control your chronological age, but you CAN choose your biological age. It doesn’t have to be the inevitable experience, so many accept it to be.
Your Hormone Doctor is a great read and no matter if you’re 35, 45 or beyond 50, this book will show you how to take control of your hormones and be a whole lot healthier, happier, slimmer and sexier to boot. At every age!!
And now you?
Are you controlling your hormones, or are they controlling you? Do you have an experience or story you’d like to share? Why not send me an email with your thoughts?
See you next time,