Mood and Hormones
Just as hormones influence moods, the reverse is also true. Feelings and emotions also have an effect on the hormones. States such as stress, sadness, and grievance have an effect on the hormones. Occasionally, they can even cause menstruation to stop.
How exactly does this happen? Well, the psyche is biochemical; neurotransmitters are released continuously, such as serotonin or adrenaline. These act on the hormone-producing glands. If a woman is exposed to great stress, causing depression, the psyche signals this to the ovary, an extremely sensitive organ. As a result, everything slows down, and the ovary can be thrown into “hibernation” by the psyche, so to speak.
So, creating positive mental states and situations that put you in that headspace, can create physically positive changes in your body.
What can I do about it?
If mood swings are a problem in the premenstrual phase, or if you’re experiencing a hormonally affected emotional rollercoaster, there are things you can do to positively affect your hormones!
Get your body moving:
Exercise increases testosterone levels. The female body also produces estrogen from testosterone, and estrogen lifts the mood. In addition, a conscious lifestyle is generally recommended: eat moderately, avoid alcohol, sleep well. If the impairments are more serious, we recommend talking to your OB/GYN.
You are (feeling) what you eat:
Diet can also have an influence on mood and symptoms of PMS. Many women experience an increased appetite for sweets and sugar during their luteal phase, but sugar can also lead to an aggravation of PMS symptoms. When these cravings hit, it’s best to go for a piece of dark chocolate, containing less sugar and more antioxidants.
After ovulation, rising estrogen and energy levels create an optimal time to start your healthy eating plan. This is a great time to keep it fresh and light with green vegetables and fish. For more individualized advice, seek the advice of nutritionist in your area.
One way to track what phase of your cycle you're in is to download a period tracking app. Most of these apps count your cycle days and then give you statistical estimations about your ovulation.
However, to know exactly where you are in your cycle, and therefore what is going on inside your body, it is best to use an app that tracks your actual hormones, since its hormones which set your cycles tone.
From there, you can have all the information to make informed choices that can affect your mood, wellbeing, and create positive changes for your cycle and your body.
Happy tracking for a happy cycle, from us at Pearl!