Women! We are doing it all! Or at least trying to!
If you think about the evolutionary history of women, it is only very recently that we have become full time workers, business owners and entrepreneurs AS WELL as being the nurturing presence in our homes, mothers.
When my mum was my age her life was much simpler and slower than mine is today as I am guessing your own mums was. I am not suggesting we turn back the clocks or that we give up our dreams! What I am suggesting is these crazy lives of ours are taking their toll. Our bodies are not designed for the way we live today and our health is suffering because of it.
I read an article a few weeks ago that stated an average married couple with kids that are both working full time, the woman is still doing twice as much work around the house and three times as much child care as the husband!
All of this ‘busyness’ in our lives creates stress which has many negative health implications, one of them being diminished Progesterone levels and progesterone deficiency. Now progesterone is a hormone you want in good levels, you can think of it as a hormone balancer. Not only is it an important female reproductive hormone, helping us to become pregnant and sustain a full term healthy pregnancy, it also has other important actions in the body including anti-anxiety, anti-depressant, diuretic and it has a positive effect on weight loss.
Some of our progesterone is produced by our adrenal glands, which also produce our stress hormones. When your body is busy producing stress hormones all of the time because you are so busy, progesterone production drops off. The symptoms of progesterone deficiency are many, I often use saliva hormone testing with my clients to determine their progesterone levels as well as their levels of other hormones, it is very rare for a result to come back with healthy progesterone levels!
What to do to enhance your progesterone levels
1 – Balance go time with slow time! – How often do you just sit and be? Aim for 20 minutes slow time everyday. Sit down, sip on a cup of herbal tea and focus on your breathing. Listen to your favourite music, lay on the floor and play with your children.
2 – Eat well – nourish your body – nutrients are responsible for both hormone production and balance in our bodies, focus on nourishing your body with salads, soups, green smoothies and bliss balls throughout the day.
3 – Find a way to move your body in a way you love! – Moving our bodies is a fantastic way to manage our stress levels. Running or boxing can be great or if you are feeling depleted some gentle stretching or a yoga class might be a better choice.
4 – Be present and grateful. – Stress often becomes worse when we focus on our worries. Focusing on what you are grateful in your life and what you are doing in each moment (rather than letting your thoughts wander to the past or future) are wonderful strategies for reducing stress!
I explore hormone balance in depth in my ebook Energetic Mama, you can buy your copy for just $29 here.