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The Link between Hormones and Our Emotional Well-Being

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

I chose this week’s article because of the large number of inquiries I've received about hormone imbalance and all of the terrible symptoms you experience because of it.

You know who you are! You're experiencing symptoms like PMS—hot flashes, night sweats, irritability—and you get migraine and other types of headaches. You feel cranky all the time and are bothered by things that wouldn't have fazed you in the past. Does that sound familiar? Well, help is on the way!

I’ve been following Dr. Christiane Northrup’s teaching work for a very long time. She's a visionary health pioneer and is internationally known for her empowering approach to women's health and wellness. Dr. Northrup is the author of Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom.

I love her words of wisdom about menopause:

Mother Nature is not wasteful and perimenopause and the menopause transition are not diseases and were not designed by Mother Nature to torment women . . . it’s only the mother of all wake-up calls.

This is really the opportunity to clean up unfinished business from the first half of our lives.
What we get irritated about and what causes our short fuses to ignite are all the areas we neglected for so many years. It’s as if our inner voice is saying, “What about me?"

Do those words resonate with you?

According to Dr. Northrup, what's happening to women in perimenopause is that their real selves are kicking in. What she means is that, when a woman reaches the time of her period, and when she starts to feel irritable, she needs to pay attention to what's causing the irritation. In other words, she shouldn't just write it off as PMS. She should say, “Wait a second. What I used to tolerate is now much more intolerable.”

The feelings that we often suppress are clues that will help us to understand what needs to change in our lives. So many people think hormones are not related to what's going on in our lives, but that couldn't be further from the truth.

Dr. Northrup also shared that we have about 450 opportunities to pay attention to things "pre-menstrually." If we blow things off or just say, “This is just my time of the month,” we'll miss the opportunity to honor our needs, and then we’ll get hit with an enormous hammer during menopause.

But, if we really take care of what’s important to us now, we won't get hit with that hammer later.
We can help ourselves by engaging in self-care.

This includes eating a proper diet, exercising, and saying "no" when that's how we're feeling inside. We have to pay attention to our feelings and remember that many illnesses begin as blocked emotions. That's why it's important to address the emotional issues that go on in our lives.

Just remember that we can begin to heal our lives at the deepest levels when we begin to value our bodies and honor their messages instead of feeling victimized by them.

If you have questions or comments, please share them below!

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