Anxiety is a thing that everyone experiences to different extents but if you’re feeling a distinct pattern within your 28-day menstrual cycle, you may be able to fix it or at least make it a little more manageable. That’s right, for women, anxiety can be hormonal. When I’m trying to figure out a body reaction, I normally try and mark a calendar. I know… maybe a little dorky but our lives are crazy busy. It can be hard to remember what you had for breakfast or what clothes you wore yesterday. So how are you going to remember when you were feeling anxiety? Just put a little dot on the calendar and see if your anxiety gets worst the week before your period (luteal phase) likely caused from too much estrogen or the week after period finishes (follicular phase) likely caused from a significant drop in estrogen. If it does, that means one thing: your hormones are a factor in your anxiety.
Other elements in your life can cause anxiety too, normally we have a few things we could change to have a better balance. The good news it… we can help make those changes together because a lot of times anxiety has many root causes, getting poor quality of sleep, poor gut health, lack of exercise (don’t even get me started on how much exercise can fix). Generally, this is why anti-anxiety medication has failed a lot of women because it can’t fix the root problem.
The first thing is, how to stop anxiety? For me, I always go back to the Calendar. If I really want to focus on change I write what I accomplished down so at the end of the month I can look back and see that I ran 3 days out of every week or I went to bed at 11pm instead of 2pm more often than not (just mark the time in the corner each day). Or it helps me realize how bad I was about making these changes I needed and then I try harder the next month. You can work out your own reward system but this one can be a good one to start with (yes I actually treat myself to something at the end of the month if I feel successful).
Things you can mark on your calendar:
- (F) for Fiber - if you made a choice to add a little more Fiber in your diet today. Give yourself a big F for success (hahaha) seriously the success will come later because it helps your gut thrive. Leafy greens, cabbage, turnips, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, flax seed, high-fiber fruits like pears.
- (P) for Probiotic - if you don’t want to take a probiotic supplement, then at least eat a good serving of yogurt everyday. How does this work with anxiety again? Just having a healthy gut. Studies show Healthy gut function has been linked to normal central nervous system (CNS) function. Hormones, neurotransmitters and immunological factors released from the gut are known to send signals to the brain either directly or via autonomic neurons. Gut-brain axis is real and important for good mental health.
- (E) for Exercise - Exercise actually has been my life saver. Exercise will release endorphins interact with the receptors in your brain and trigger a positive feeling in the body. Even if you don’t exercise a ton, get up and doing jumping jacks, anything to at least get your body moving. You can put an (E) on that calendar even if you do just 5 jumping jacks a day because you have to start somewhere.
- (S) for S’moo - because our product has been proven to help regulate your bodies hormones which will in turn help your body regulate. Fights fatigue and stress by reducing cortisol (the stress hormone) and improved sleep.
So, what do you think? Even if your calendar only has a FPES marking for the 7 days before your period or the 7 days after… it’s a start. The better you feel the more motivated you’ll be to mark your calendar with FPES everyday… gosh I wish that made a cool acronym but life doesn’t always work that way.
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