How to Combat Anxiety

Anyone feeling stressed? Not like your normal self? It might be your hormones. The last several years I’ve been in the perimenopausal stage and I’ve had to make some changes to combat anxiety triggered by changing hormones. I wanted to share with you what’s been working for me.

Feeling anxious, stressed and just flat out unhappy is not how I want to be and it’s completely out of character for me. I’ve always been a positive person by nature, EXCEPT when my hormones are out of balance. It’s one of the first things that I always notice- my typical positive outlook changes, to the point that I’m always scanning the horizon for the next negative thing. This kind of thinking leads to all sorts of bad things: stress, overeating, lethargy, and lack of sleep just to name a few. And sistahs- it will age you before your time. Here are the things that helped me combat anxiety.

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Lifestyle Changes

For me personally, I needed to make some lifestyle changes. My husband and I started a business from scratch just a few years ago. If you’ve ever done that you know how stressful it can be to put it all on the line and throw everything you have into growing that business all while trying to keep your head above the water. We worked……. All day long-…..every day of the week. It’s amazing how quickly that schedule can creep up on you become your new norm! Fast forward to this year and the business is standing on it’s own legs, but we were still working the same way!

Steal time for yourself. Seriously. You MUST take some time for yourself in whatever way that looks like in your life. Whether it’s just sitting outside, going for a walk, gardening, taking an exercise class……whatever! It is SO important for your mind, so don’t neglect it. And equally important is that in those times, you pay attention to the words you say to yourself. Discipline yourself to work on improving your thoughts (and it is work at first). If you are taking time for yourself but still “working” in your mind, or talking negatively to yourself- well, that isn’t going to help much! Make it a habit.

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Try to focus on one thing at a time. This was a big one for me. I hadn’t realized how I had begun to clutter my mind with WAY too many things at once. I’d be working on one thing while already worrying about the next thing I had to do! That’s a one-way ticket to scatterbrained and stressed out! I began to force myself to concentrate on one task at a time. I cannot tell you how much this has helped me to combat my hormonal anxiety! Some people call it “being present” and I guess that’s what it is. Focusing on the task or person or activity that is right now in this moment. It takes discipline. If I’m folding the laundry – I’m all in……My folding, steaming, and hanging has never looked so dang good! If I’m working on a project I will not allow myself to jump around anymore, I do one thing at a time.

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Exercise. The last thing you feel motivated to do is to move more when you have anxiety. Unfortunately, it’s the very thing you need to do. Even if it’s just a walk, make yourself exercise. It’s one of the very best things that you can do to combat anxiety. Exercise will produce endorphins. Endorphins are chemicals produced by the body to relieve stress and they act as natural painkillers. Even just a few minutes can stimulate anti-anxiety effects.

Supplements

This is not meant as medical advice. Always check with your doctor before starting new supplements.

Hormonal anxiety is for real and it’s not fun so I’ve tried to be very proactive about combating it. The first supplement that has helped me tremendously to combat anxiety is St Johns Wort. St Johns Wort supports mood health and emotional balance. This makes such a difference in helping me to feel “balanced” during the day. This is the one I take and I notice a huge difference when I don’t take it. It’s less than $20 for a 2 month supply. You can buy St Johns Wort over the counter and it’s widely used in Europe for treatment of depression.

Secondly, I’ve been using Progesterone cream for several years now and I swear by it. For me, it took a few weeks to notice a difference but eventually I realized how much calmer I was. So much more “even” in my moods and temperament. I use 1/4 tsp and rub it into my skin once a day. This is the one I’ve been using for years. It’s less than $20 and lasts for several months.

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Lastly, I take Gaba in the evening before bed. GABA supports relaxation and acts as a neurotransmitter for relaxation and restful sleep. Y’all- I don’t have to tell you that sleep is one helluva drug and when you don’t get it, it increases anxiety levels and causes all sorts of negative issues in your mind and body. I sleep so deeply taking this supplement and I wake up feeling refreshed. This is the one that I use.

All of these are considered safe and have little to no harmful side effects. But always do your research and check with a medical professional- particularly if you have other medications.

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Hormone Testing

See an endocrinologist if you are suffering from hormonal issues. Get help and feel better! You have too much life ahead of you to live with complete hormonal disruption!

If you just want to get a better picture for yourself of your hormonal health, try the at-home tests here. They are extremely reliable and easy to use. I highly recommend them as a starting point in taking control of what’s going on with your hormones in order to combat anxiety. If you use this link you can get 20% off your first test —–> Choose Your At Home Test .

I hope that this post has been helpful for you. What has helped you to combat anxiety? Is your anxiety a result of changing hormones? Please share in the comments, because we all learn so much from each other and I have the best followers EVER!

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You may also be interested in this post about dealing with hot flashes or this post about taking care of yourself and why it’s so important- and this one about fitness over 40.

Until next time lovelies!

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4 Comments

  1. September 18, 2019 / 4:06 pm

    This is such a helpful post! I have felt anxiety due to hormonal imbalance and even with all that I do to combat it, I still seem more anxious than I ever did when I was younger. But maybe not, maybe it just feels that way. I take bio-identical hormones (progesterone, bi-est and testosterone) and have since I went through menopause age 47-48. I can tell a big and positive difference when I am getting the right amount of each. The problem is, that can change. When I run a lot or am very active my body requires more hormones. Extra weight, drinking and stress can effect the levels I need day to day. I have learned over the years to adjust as needed and my healthcare provider supports me totally. She takes them herself! I take lots of supplements, too many to list but I find SamE to be very helpful. I wish there was a magic pill but it is more like seek and find for so many of us.

    Peace!
    Cheryl

  2. Lisa
    September 19, 2019 / 1:18 pm

    Thank you so much for sending me this link ….i am gonna start this in the morning Melissa

  3. This Main Line Life
    September 22, 2019 / 2:37 pm

    I find I’m so influenced by what I eat and whether I’ve gotten enough sleep. I’ve got external issues that are really interfering with my sleep… aka, one annoying cat and a snoring dog. It’s just not what I need when I’ve already got the whole menopausal insomnia thing going… Ugh.

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