QUARANTINE AND YOUR MENSTRUAL CYCLE
Hands up if quarantine has royally MESSED with your cycle. You are not alone.
We love a lengthy post, but we’ll keep this one short and sweet for you.
There are a number of reasons why your cycle could be a little off right now, or perhaps your period was MIA this month. Or maybe your PMS symptoms are a little bit angrier than usual.
Our hormones are more sensitive than you would think. But they are HELLA resilient too.
You might, on the other hand, have sailed through this time, sticking with your #peakwellness protocols and self-care rituals, that your cycle is gorgeous and timely. If so, fabulous. This one isn’t for you. We also recommend if you have deeper rooted hormonal imbalances, such as PCOS or hypothalamic amenorrhoea, working with a professional to unpack that and work on it on a larger scale.
For some, it’s the sheer stress of perhaps losing a job, the fear of the unknown or worries around loved ones getting sick. When cortisol, our major stress hormone, is chronically elevated, it has a knock-on effect on the rest of our stress hormones. It can lower progesterone, the hormone responsible for lovely, healthy cycles, as well as mess with the way androgens are converted AND blood sugar levels.
We are cyclical creatures. After all, the average cycle is 28 days, just like the moon’s cycle. When we spend too much time inside and not enough time exposing ourselves to sunlight, our bodies natural rhythm can become a little confused. We’ve spent an awful lot of time indoors these past few months and it could be the simple reason why things are a little off.
Again, the extra time at home may have meant that you’ve been snacking more than usual and opting for sweet, comforting foods. Now. We’ve just been through a pandemic, by no means should you feel bad about that. It’s just worthwhile knowing that unruly blood sugar levels can influence the way our hormones behave. When blood sugar levels peak constantly, insulin levels are high which can throw off the rest of your sex hormones. Whilst it’s unlikely that a couple of months of unusual eating habits will make a huge difference, it’s always worth noting if you’ve got an underlying imbalance.
OKAY. BUT WHAT DO I DO NOW?
Life may look a little different now we edge back into the world. And whilst balancing your hormones and whilst for some, getting your cycle back on track can be a complex protocol, it can also be the case of making a few minor adjustments.
- Get outside! Just make sure you slap on that SPF
- When you wake up, open your blinds and let the light flood in. Consider stepping outside for five minutes to breathe.
- Commit to no screens for at least an hour before bedtime. If you do need to look at screens, invest in blue-blocking glasses.
- Give your wind-down routine an overhaul so that it supports your sleep.
- Ensure you’re getting enough sleep.
- Have a bath every evening with Epsom salts.
- Consider looking into particular supplementation for your hormones.
- Ensure that every day includes time spent just for you – to practice calm and mindfulness or a relaxing hobby.
- Balance blood sugar by pulling back on the sweet treats and swapping in protein and fibre focused snacks.
- Support your pathways of detoxification and excretion. More on liver love here.
- If you've had a number of irregular cycles or missing periods, we highly recommend getting a full hormone panel done and working with a professional to get to the bottom of things.
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