Hormones. I would say they are like our frenemies but if I’m perfectly honest, I was never friends with them, to begin with. From nightmare acne to houdini menstrual cycles, I could have easily seen the back of those little pockets of oestrogen that make me into a woman. However, like many women in the world, I have to get through it, I have a life to lead, a business to run, I can’t let a pesky few hormones get in the way.
And neither should you.
Now I don’t protest that I am somewhat of an expert on hormones but after 15 odd years of having endometriosis and trying every therapy under the sun, I have a few tricks up my sleeve.
Hydrate like it’s going out of style.
I don’t know about you, but when I am thirsty (or hungry) for that matter, I can be pretty tired, brain fog sets in and then I’m no good at any project I am working on. So at that moment, I pull myself away from my desk, grab a water bottle and sit with a cup of green tea.
Poor hydration levels can make your hormone levels go way out of sync. So take a second, recharge and rehydrate.
Some gentle exercise is a great way to boost serotonin and clear your head, literally.
Physical activity can strongly influence hormonal health. A major benefit of exercise is its ability to reduce insulin levels and increase insulin sensitivity.
Insulin is a hormone that has several functions. One is allowing cells to take up sugar and amino acids from the bloodstream, which are then used for energy and maintaining muscle.
So some gentle workouts or a nice walk can be great to boost your hormone levels.
Stress can wreak havoc on your hormones. Two major hormones affected by stress are cortisol and adrenaline, which is also called epinephrine. Cortisol is known as “the stress hormone” because it helps your body cope with stress over the long term. And adrenaline is the “fight-or-flight” hormone that provides your body with a surge of energy to respond to immediate danger.
So the answer to managing stress could be a short nap or a nice massage.
Whatever you do, take some time for yourself and learn to regulate your stress.
Join us for our lunch and learn on September 16th with Kate Usher menopause expert here
By Mollie netwomen ambassador