The next step of my Self Care 4 step Happy Hormones Code is Step 2 – REST and stress management.
It’s no good being on the best diet in the world if you’re over-stressed and your cortisol is raging!
We get a lot of clients coming to us because they’re baffled. They are eating really healthily, they are exercising regularly, they don’t smoke or drink too much, they may have been to the GP and been told their tests are all ‘normal’ – and yet they STILL feel crap!
And then when I ask them about their stresses – almost every time, they say they are doing too much or they have a lot of stress in their life and can’t seem to switch off or relax.
Nicki WilliamsHappy Hormones Self Care – Step 2 – Rest and Stress Management
You may know that I really don’t advocate New Year resolutions or radical ‘all or nothing’ changes to your diet or lifestyle. Especially when they involve deprivation, hunger or extensive will power! Instead I like to recommend some intensive Self Care.
I don’t mean going on a spa break (although that’s nice!), I mean self care for your body and mind. Because that will not only support your hormones, but will also get you into some good self care habits for the rest of the year.
Over the next 4 weeks, I’ll be covering my 4 step Happy Hormones Code – 4 real self care steps that will support your hormones so they will work for you, not against you. When your hormones are happy, you’ll have boundless energy, balanced moods, a slimmer body and a clearer brain.
Today I’m covering Step 1 of my Happy Hormone Code – Eat!
Nicki WilliamsHappy Hormones Self Care – Step 1 – Eat
We know Vitamin D is the ‘sunshine vitamin’ but did you know, it is actually a hormone? And it’s absolutely vital to keep us in optimal health.
Daylight and sunshine is not just important for boosting our mood (how many more smiles do you see when the sun’s out?), but incredibly important for topping up our Vitamin D stores that have been depleted over the winter.
And at the time of writing this, it’s December and the middle of winter here in the UK. So our stores from the summer are well and truly gone by now!
Nicki WilliamsVitamin D – why you need to supplement and what to take with it
It’s very rare that I speak to a woman that isn’t dealing with some form of stress these days. Perhaps that’s why we’re seeing so many women suffering more severe menopause symptoms such as fatigue, brain fog, mood swings, hot flushes, insomnia, low libido, anxiety and more?
Although your diet is super important to support your hormones, in my experience helping many hundreds of women going through peri-menopause, I now think the number one determiner of how bad your journey will be is STRESS.
And although it is talked about a lot (especially by me!), it’s STILL something we are finding difficult to manage.
Nicki WilliamsIs stress making your menopause worse?
Are you or someone you know suffering from PMS symptoms?
PMS stands for Premenstrual Syndrome (it used to be known as PMT). It’s thought around half of women still menstruating will suffer some kind of symptoms during their cycle, including mood issues, bloating, cravings, fatigue and depression.
But just because it’s common does not mean you have to put up with it!
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Hypothyroidism is a lot more common than hyperthyroidism, hypo is when you have an underactive thyroid or low output of thyroid hormones (T4 and T3).
Women are more at risk, and especially as we age and go through other hormone imbalances such as perimenopause or have gut issues.
Thyroid hormones are a bit like a thermostat for our cells. So they either turn us up (increase our metabolism, energy, temperature, alertness) or they turn us down (slow down our metabolism, conserve energy, decrease temperature, shut down non-essential functions), depending on how much hormone we have available.
Nicki WilliamsHypothyroidism; 9 natural ways to support an underactive thyroid