Two must do steps before mindset strategies work to calm feelings of "mom rage"
If our mindset is so powerful and everyone tells us to just ignore how we're feeling, get over it, think of something else… why the hell doesn't it work?!
Last week I asked the members in my free Facebook Community, Overwhelmed to Happy Mom: Rebalance Your Stress Hormones to Enjoy Life, to share the worst advice they'd ever received in regards to their hormones and moods.
They told me everything from 'get on Happy Pills' to 'it's normal' and so many variations of 'get over it', 'just deal with it', 'think about something else'...
This leads to the elephant in the room...if mindset is so powerful and all of the advice women are given for dealing with their postpartum emotions, crashing energy, and physical manifestations of stress (digestive issues, anyone?!) is around just ignoring how we’re feeling, getting over it, thinking of something else…
Why the hell isn’t it working?!
The short answer is: your biology.
Because when you're constantly under stress (mental, physical, and emotional), your body is being flooded with a constant stream of stress hormones like adrenaline, norepinephrine, and cortisol.
Over time, this can deplete your feel-good happy hormones in favor of hormones that trigger anxiety and overwhelm, leaving you feeling like it's easier to be negative and angry than positive and happy.
Our body DESPERATELY wants to be IN BALANCE so it gives us symptoms like irritability, mood swings, and fatigue to try to get us to take action.
Here are 4 common ways your biology breaks down unders tress
When I work with clients inside The Calm and Balanced Mama Method, I normally see the physical manifestations of stress affect their biology in one of these four main ways:
1. HPA-axis dysregulation (aka "adrenal fatigue") → this is a direct response to the cortisol demands you’re placing on your body where they can become “tired” and the normal cortisol rhythm that helps regulate your sleep-wake cycle, your metabolism, your immune system, and even your blood pressure has to work even harder to do what you’re asking it to do.
Common symptoms include: fatigue, lightheadedness, dizziness, and weight gain.
2. Blood sugar imbalance → the adrenal glands play a critical role in getting the energy into your cells via blood glucose. When our adrenals are struggling, this process can also become impaired.
Common symptoms include: sudden outbursts of irritability and sudden energy crashes (especially 1-2 hours after eating or in the afternoon)
3. Inflammation → inflammation is almost always present when we’re under constant stress because of cortisol’s role as a primary anti-inflammatory mechanism in the body.
Common symptoms include: aches and pains, headaches, migraines, no motivation, overall fatigue, not feeling good physically, and hypothyroidism.
4. Gut-brain disconnect → in addition to traditional GI symptoms, this can lead to poor sleep patterns and emotional issues because of how hormones and neurotransmitters are made in the gut.
Common symptoms include: gas, bloating, constipation, IBS, low stomach acid, bacterial imbalance and dysbiosis, poor nutrient absorption, low-grade inflammation, sluggish liver, depression, anxiety, brain fog, and poor sleep.
If that sounds like you and you feel like your biology is actually stopping your mindset from being able to work, check out this video on Facebook.
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In this video, you'll learn the two MUST do steps you have to take before mindset strategies can be effective.
3 Simple Steps to Boost Mood and Energy By Balancing Hormones