Lesson 4: How to Fix Hormonal Stress

How to fix hormonal stress

Eat Right

  • The idea here is to stabilize your blood sugar levels. This means eating the right carbs at the right time. Top of your list should be a heavy, protein-rich breakfast every morning. This will normalize your blood sugar levels and help get you ready to face the day.
  • Eat fewer calories throughout the day. Incorporate healthy fats and complex carbs in your lunch and dinner. Make your dinner the lightest meal of the day so you don’t go to sleep on an excessively full tummy. This will promote better sleep.
  • Whenever you can, try to match the healthy foods you eat with the phase of your cycle. This will go a long way in easing hormone-related issues like stress.

Workout According to your cycle

Modify your workout routine to fit the unique phases of your cycle. Instead of working out faster and harder, pay attention to your body and match your routines to your hormonal needs. This will go a long way in alleviating symptoms like stress and anxiety. For example, restorative yoga is ideal when you’re in the bleeding phase and more active exercise is best during the second half of your cycle.

Limit your coffee intake

Caffeine is your enemy when it comes to hormonal balance. It puts your body in overdrive, and your heart pumps faster, leading to crazy highs before the inevitable crash. If you are dealing with stress and anxiety issues, this just makes things worse. Therefore, cutting caffeine out of your life is the best thing you can do for your stress issues.

Boost Your Body's Progesterone Production

Progesterone is the body’s feel good hormone. It plays an important role in the normal functioning of the brain and has mood-enhancing and antidepressant effects. This is why women with anxiety and irritability issues often notice that when the level of progesterone in their bodies is correctly balanced, these feelings either get greatly reduced or eliminated altogether.

Boosting progesterone is tricky because it depends on your age, if you have PCOS or anovulation, or if you have high estrogen that’s overwhelming your progesterone. You can’t really eat your way to more progesterone. The key is to ovulate as the body makes progesterone in response to ovulation.  If you’re no longer ovulating, consider herbs or natural progesterone cream to boost progesterone levels.