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PMS Leading up to the Holidays: Here’s What to Do About It

December 27, 2023

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The holiday season is upon us, and while it’s a time of joy and celebration, it can also bring about additional stress and hormone imbalance symptoms in women. If you’re feeling fatigued, moody, and overwhelmed, you’re not alone. In this blog post, we’ll explore the common symptoms of hormone imbalance during the holiday season and discuss strategies to help you find balance and enjoy the festivities stress-free.

Understanding Hormone Imbalance

As women approach perimenopause and menopause, hormone levels naturally fluctuate due to the changes in reproductive function. This hormonal transition can often result in estrogen dominance, where estrogen levels become relatively higher compared to other hormones, such as progesterone. As a consequence, there is a decrease in progesterone levels, which can contribute to various symptoms and changes in the body. 

This imbalance can manifest as fatigue, mood swings, and heightened stress levels. The holiday season, with its added tasks and responsibilities, can exacerbate these symptoms. Women need to be aware of these hormonal shifts and seek appropriate support and management strategies during this stage of life.

Recognizing the Signs

During the holiday season, it’s important to be aware of how hormone imbalances may impact your well-being. If you suspect such imbalances, there are several key indicators to consider. 

Keep a close eye on your bowel movements, as constipation can be a possible sign of hormonal imbalances. Additionally, watch out for symptoms like brain fog, lightheadedness, and persistent fatigue, even if you’re getting enough sleep. 

Taking note of these details can help you better understand and manage your hormonal health during this festive time of year.

Seeking Professional Help

If you suspect that you may be experiencing a hormone imbalance, it is of utmost importance to seek guidance from a qualified healthcare practitioner who specializes in women’s health. 

As functional medicine professionals, we have the expertise to guide you through comprehensive lab testing. This helps us understand the root causes of your symptoms so we can provide personalized recommendations. Our goal is to help you restore balance and feel like your authentic self again. 

Tips for a Balanced Holiday Season

While working with a healthcare practitioner is essential, there are also practical steps you can take to minimize hormone imbalances during the holidays:

1. Prioritize Sleep: Establish a sleep routine and ensure you’re getting enough rest. Aim to be asleep by 10 PM to support your body’s natural hormonal rhythms.

2. Stay Hydrated: Drink plenty of water to flush out toxins and prevent constipation. Aim for at least 2-3 liters or a gallon of water per day.

3. Move Your Body: Exercise plays a crucial role in hormone balance. Engage in light exercises like walking, jogging, or hiking for at least 5-10 minutes after meals to help regulate blood sugar levels.

4. Avoid Overexertion: While exercise is important, taxing your body excessively can add to stress levels. Opt for moderate daily exercise rather than intense workouts, especially during this busy season.

5. Consider Your Diet: Be mindful of your food choices, especially during holiday indulgences. Focus on a balanced diet and avoid excessive carbohydrates and sugar-rich foods that can impact hormonal balance.

Seeking Further Support

If you find that your hormone imbalance symptoms persist or worsen during the holiday season, it’s important to consider the possibility of having premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD). This is a more severe form of PMS that might require professional evaluation and specialized treatment. A healthcare practitioner can help by conducting the necessary screenings and lab tests to diagnose your condition and create a personalized plan just for you.

Connect and Get Help

Remember, you don’t have to endure the holiday season feeling fatigued, moody, and overwhelmed by hormone imbalances. Seek support from healthcare professionals like myself who specialize in women’s health. Connect with me through my social channels or watch my videos on YouTube to learn more and take the first step towards finding balance.

Happy Holidays and Take Care

Taking care of our bodies–especially during the holidays–is essential to our well-being and sustained pleasure. It’s important to be mindful of the upsetting and overwhelming feelings that can come with PMS, especially in light of the additional stressors the holidays bring. We can find support both through professional counseling and trusted friends or family. Together we can learn healthy ways to cope with hormone levels and life changes so we can embrace the holiday season with an easeful heart and mind. If you’re looking for more specific guidance, please reach out to a professional, like myself. I’m always here to help. Let’s schedule a free discovery call today! The gift of taking proper care of yourself is one that will benefit not only your health but also those who love you most—so don’t wait another minute. Wishing you peace, joy, and contentment this holiday season! Take care and I hope this blog post has provided you with valuable insights and strategies.

I know navigating through the holiday season while dealing with perimenopause symptoms can feel like you’re carrying an extra heavy sack of gifts. That’s why I offer a complimentary Discovery Call. It’s a no-strings-attached conversation where we can explore whether our approach might be the key to unwrapping relief from your hormonal imbalance symptoms. It’s a chance for us to understand your unique situation and answer any questions you might have.

Are you craving a space where you can connect with others who truly understand what you’re going through? Our Private Facebook Community is just that place. It’s a gathering of women all striving towards healthier lives, sharing their experiences, tips, and encouragement. Consider this your invitation to join us. We can’t wait to welcome you!

DISCLAIMER:  The information in this email is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. All content is for general informational purposes only and does not replace a consultation with your own doctor/health professional

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