I have a quick personal story today, that I think can help you.
Once I hit age 35, I started to feel noticeably more anxious every month during the second half of my cycle (i.e. the Luteal Phase, as it’s technically called.) Things that weren’t a big deal in the past, all of a sudden got blown out of proportion as I noticed my mood sensitivity was way more sensitive.
Knowing what I know about hormones, I chalked it up to my naturally declining estrogen levels, and took the necessary steps to help rebalance. This theory was proved true once I got pregnant, when my estrogen naturally increased I started feeling so mellow. No more anxiety.
Why am I sharing this with you? Because I don’t think aging and hormones is talked about enough prior to menopause. There’s an unspoken belief that we should just function the same decade after decade until we hit the big M (menopause), which simply isn’t true.
The fact is, your hormones shift as you age, and so do your moods.
If you’re noticing your body acting differently as you enter into your mid-to-late 30s, what I want you to know is that it’s totally normal. I also want you to know that you actually have more control than you think over how your symptoms show up. It doesn’t have to be a struggle.
In my premium training program, the WomanCode System, I take women through the exact steps I took with food and lifestyle to get my hormonal balance in check across my life cycle.
Today, I want to give you a bit of a sneak preview of that formula so that you can start taking the right steps, no matter how old you are.
Here are a few key questions to ask yourself if you’re dealing with mood changes at any age:
Are you eating quality fats? Did you know that quality fats are the building blocks of many of your hormones and can also help with mood stabilization? Healthy fats include avocado, olive oil, coconut oil, nuts, seeds, fish oil, and animal protein. Beware of fats like canola oil and other hydrogenated vegetable oils that increase your Omega-6’s and decrease your Omega-3 balance.
Are you caring for your adrenals? Your adrenal glands which manage your stress response tend to get worn out as you get older, which means they need even more love and attention. One of my favorite supplements for adrenal health is vitamin B5.
Are you putting too much pressure on yourself? Keeping up with a killer pace of life is not actually going to get you anywhere faster. It will only burn you out. Where in your life can you set healthy boundaries that allow for more time in your self-care? How can you be more gentle with yourself – i.e. in your exercise routine, work schedule, or social life?
Need more Hormone Help?
Most women try to piece together random health tips and tricks to try to fix their hormonal health issues.
If you’re needing some health upgrading, it’s time you started you looking into what’s going on with your hormones.
I’ve designed a quiz to help you understand exactly what’s out of whack and how you can start getting back to balance so that your hormones no longer have to suffer.
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I will be turning 35 in March and am really anxious about what to expect. I have heard that the body goes through many changes at this point and my doctors won’t answer my questions. They keep telling me that aging occurs when you ovaries stop functioning, but I know that’s not true. I’m so glad that you are addressing issues 35+. I’m glad there is SOMEONE out there actively trying to help me through this time, esp since I was in hormonal upheaval through my entire youth with no assistance whatsoever.
Bianca Sadusky says
I didn’t feel anything particular change at 35. I am now 39. My period got shorter this year but I will eat to support progesterone. Yeah alisa’s advice is great. By the way it’s very individual; fx. My obgyn could see on the ultrasound I still have a lot of eggs (already have two kids, not getting anymore) but don’t be afraid.
I’m 34, and have been experiencing changes to my cycle and increased anxiety levels, which my (excellent) doctor said were likely age related. So glad to read your comments on this. In my case, I know things are exasperated by jet lag (east -> west travel in particular seems to really mess up my cycle). As someone who travels a great deal for work, I would love to learn more about how jet lag affect things, what can be done to mitigate it (anecdotally I notice I do better when I remember to take cod liver oil while on travel). And, as someone who very much wants children but hasn’t had a child yet, I’d love discussion on how to know if the changes the are occurring are ones that will lead to issues bearing children, or not. (You can imagine the worry-cycle I get into with increased anxiety and then worrying about the changes to my cycle!)
Hi I’m chris 29 and I’m dating the best girl in the world her name is Kimberey she is 30 I could ever find she has helped me become drug free and she has quite a lot of mood swings which often end in rows and us close to breaking up I am determined to find out what is up with her she has had so much happened in her life which is heartbreaking and gets me upset every day I know it brings her down each day and when we play fight she thinks I’m going to hurt her 😥😥 which is terrible she knows I’m not going to hurt her but I don’t know how to deal with this any ideas of what might be up is it hormones or depression and she sometimes crys when she on her own and has low confidence what can I do to help her