(#5 of 5) I’m SO busy, how can I help my hormone health in the *easiest* ways possible?

This is the final post in my 5-part series where I answer “The Top 5 Questions Every Woman in (or near) Her 40s Should Be Asking about Her Hormones and Her Overall Health.”

Today I will be answering the question: “I’m SO busy, how can I help my hormone health in the *easiest* ways possible?”

The previous posts explained that perimenopause is a natural, normal phase of life that lasts about 5-10 years before your period ends. We covered the importance of key lifestyle habits and adrenal health to help set the stage for this hormonal transition. Then we took a look at what kinds of tests and screenings you should be considering now that you are in your 40s. And finally we reviewed what is really happening to your different hormones as you go through perimenopause. If you missed those, you can read Post 1 Here,Post 2 Here, Post 3 Here, and Post 4 Here

I know you are SUPER busy, and that is exactly why you need to get your hormones balanced as quickly and easily as possible! You don’t have time for foggy thinking, crazy periods, and irritable outbursts that stress your relationships at work and at home. You don’t have time to be feeling so tired all day long, only to be woken several times a night with heart palpitations or hot flashes. You don’t have time or energy to spend worrying about what is going on in your body, and figuring out what the heck you can do about it!

Here are 3 strategies to help your hormone health in the *easiest* ways possible:

1) ONE STEP AT A TIME

Hormones can be a very complex web of interactions in your body, and it can be daunting to think about all the ways you might be off balance. However, when you approach hormone balancing one step at a time, in a logical order, and at a pace that feels sustainable, you can get reliable effective results. I’ve figured out what it takes after working with hundreds of women in my practice.

Most women are amazed at how easily many hormonal symptoms can be turned around with fairly simple diet and lifestyle changes (as discussed in post #2). When that doesn’t do the trick, specific herbs and supplements can give you the boost, the calm or the balance that you need depending on your adrenal, thyroid and female hormone issues. It is also often quite simple to address the other key influencing factors of digestive health and the mind-body connection.

We will be going into more detail for all of these steps in my perimenopause group program starting in January, so you can learn more about what you can do now, and build your toolbox for future needs. You will be guided step-by-step so you will know exactly what to focus on. I always recommend that you start with small steps that can build momentum. As you create an upward spiral it will help make the next step that much easier to take. Most of my recommendations require very little time because, as a busy working mom myself, I understand that you don’t have time to waste.

I’m also always a big proponent of “progress not perfection”. If you have a slip such as, ahem, the holidays, then get back on track afterwards so you are still moving in the right direction. If you are in the Bay Area, I hope to connect with you in the New Year to help you take your first (or next) steps towards hormone balance and a more easeful perimenopause.

2) AVOID INFORMATION OVERLOAD

Find a few things that you know work for you, or choose your top priorities so you can focus on those. Get expert advice from sources you trust rather than wasting time in the black hole of internet research.

When one site says one thing, and another contradicts it, or when one book recommends a certain diet and then an article you read tells you something completely different, who do you listen to???

First and foremost, learn to tap into and trust the wisdom of your own body. Notice how you feel when you eat a certain diet or get more or less sleep, or take a certain herbal formula. Your body is always talking to you and your job is to listen. Then do your best to adjust your lifestyle, diet, and treatments in the way that helps you feel healthy, happy and balanced.

And if you feel confused or need more straightforward support, consider my upcoming group program in Berkeley. I will guide you to understand your body’s signs and help you cut through the trial-and-error of treatment options that you may have considered. This program combines my knowledge of natural medicine, my 11 years of experience, and my insightful approach so you get the information you need in a way that will really work for you. Plus, the intimate group setting will allow plenty of opportunity to ask your questions and get the specific answers you need.

3) BUILD YOUR COMMUNITY

One of the fastest and easiest ways to learn about what really works is to learn from other women who have figured things out before you. Chances are that you probably have some insights to share that would really help others, too!Perimenopause remains a fairly unrecognized subject in our society, so you’ll need to be purposeful about building a community of support. I hope that women start talking to each other about it more. I hope we can inform those who haven’t reached this stage yet about what to expect and how to get help if they need it. Too many women are totally taken by surprise when perimenopausal symptoms begin, and their regular doctors usually know very little about how to help them.You are not alone in this, even though it may seem like none of your friends are having the same problems that you are. The more you talk about it, the more likely you are to start hearing of other women dealing with similar issues. And if you don’t find this community in your own circles, consider joining my upcoming group program to connect with like-minded women who get what you are going through.

Because I know how important it is to have access to more resources and support, I’m excited to invite you to….

Dr. Amy’s Perimenopause Program
Get Informed ~ Get Empowered ~ Get Balanced

If you are local to the Bay Area and want to go deeper or could use more support, CLICK HERE to learn more about my upcoming 6-month group program, starting in January 2016. I will be guiding you step-by-step as you learn the most effective natural strategies for balancing your hormones and optimizing your overall health. Plus, you will connect with a group of like-minded women who totally get what you are going through, and will be there to support you on your journey.

We’ll meet just once a month, on a Sunday afternoon, for our circle and discussion, plus a special guest activity such as yoga, dance, pilates or art. The rest of the program is flexible so you can get the help you need at a pace that fits into your busy life!

Get all the details and register here ===> www.DrAmyDay.com/perimenopauseprogram

THANKS FOR READING
This 5-part series has been answering your top questions about hormones and overall health, and teaching you many tips about taking care of yourself to stay healthy for the years and decades ahead. Thanks for reading!
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