Do you know where you are in your hormonal life journey?
Knowing you monthly cycle is incredibly important for self-knowledge and self-acceptance.
Knowing where you are in your hormonal life cycle is just as important.
Why? Knowledge is power. Without knowledge we are walking in the dark. This is your BodyMind – you deserve to know what is going on.
Puberty is a hormonal milestone. Perimenopause is a hormonal milestone. Menopause is a hormonal milestone. What should you be aware of during each milestone?
If you are between the ages of 35 – 52 and you have the symptoms listed below, you need to understand that there is nothing wrong with you, it is your hormones fluctuating as you make the natural and normal transition to menopause.
What are some of the symptoms you may be experiencing due to the Perimenopause milestone?
Decreased libido (due to decreasing testosterone)
Increased feelings of sadness/depression (due to fluctuating levels of estrogen – estrogen stimulates serotonin and dopamine)
Decreased motivation (dopamine is a motivator)
Feeling like you cannot focus or remember like you used to (dopamine is involved in learning and memory)
Increased anxiety/short fuse (due to fluctuating levels of progesterone – progesterone stimulates GABA)
Restless (GABA is needed for a sense of calm and grounding)
Trouble sleeping through the night (Progesterone aids in falling and staying asleep)
With this knowledge you can save your relationship with yourself. Knowing the why behind your symptoms allows you to work with your hormones and have compassion for yourself. You did not just develop ADD or Depression or Generalized Anxiety Disorder. You have not fallen out of love with your partner because your libido has decreased. You are not a “bad” mom because you find yourself less patient and more irritable. You are not headed for dementia because your ability to focus or remember has decreased. It is your hormones.
Fun Fact: these symptoms do not last for the rest of your life – you are recalibrating – and you are normal.