It is true they say, that our period is our monthly report card showing us where our body may potentially be out of balance, it's fascinating how our bodies work, isn't it?. It has been through my own process of regaining my period and now working consciously to continue to regulate it—the opportunity for greater insight into my health and the importance of reflection has been so valuable. You can also read a previous blog, '9 Things Hypothalamic Amenorrhea taught me' (https://samantha-pearson-mx67.squarespace.com/config/pages/58ae58a915d5db5ac23002c7)
I often speak about intuition and following your gut or inner guidance; I’ve found that to help me tap into this space two things have needed to happen.
1. Meditation has become a non- negotiable for me. Yes, it has been part of my life for the last 4 years however; there have been times where I’ve felt like I don’t need it—hello ego. This is something I am consciously aware of now and I know that when I have these thoughts or feelings of resistance, there is a need to ‘go there’ even more.
2. Balancing my hormones, regaining my period and tracking when I’m ovulating has gone hand-in-hand with creating space for a daily meditation practice. You see, the more I have worked on decreasing my levels of stress and building a stronger level of connection and resilience within myself, the more this has assisted my hormones and enabled them to rest, repair and begin to function more optimally.
Below is a diagram that explains what happens when we are in a continued state of stress—known as The Pregnenolone Steal—your sex and stress hormones need this same precursor (cue, pregnenolone). If you’re body senses danger, be it sitting in traffic or ongoing poor sleep, your body will prioritise stress hormone production over production of sex hormones. So, there will be an increase in cortisol production, thanks to pregnenolone and not much sex hormone production going on.
Not only can chronic stress have implications for sexual health—the ongoing elevated levels of cortisol can attribute to, inflammation, gut issues, impaired adrenal health and digestive issues. Hopefully this might be starting to create some awareness within yourself, how you deal with stressors and what impact that may be having on your hormonal health and general wellbeing.
Through my own meditation experience, one of the biggest lessons it has gifted me is an increased awareness of not only my thoughts but also my physical body and overall health. Through this awareness I have become so much more in-tune with my monthly cycle, my levels of stress and fatigue and understanding the cause and where I need to tweak things in order to help bring my body back to a state of more ease, ‘rest and digest’ and balance.
If you are struggling with regaining your cycle, post taking the oral contraceptive pill or if your periods have changed in some way, perhaps they are more irregular or the flow of your cycle has altered—reach out for support and guidance. I would also urge you to look at your stress levels and really consider bringing in practices like mediation, that will help you re-connect with yourself, bring more stillness into your life and above all help build a greater awareness of your health and wellbeing, so you can then continue to take the action required to create positive change.
A big part of my work and mission is to let women know that they are not alone. Often when we are going through certain circumstances in life that create stress or dis-ease we can often look at others and wish we were more like them, or had the life they have. Know this, they too are probably thinking the exact same thing about you. If we don’t create space for truth and vulnerability and connection, then these feelings that many of us so often feel will potentially exacerbate and compound things even further, creating more stress disharmony in our body and life.
If you feel the need to reach out and express what it is you’re experiencing right now be it stress, hormonal imbalance or whatever it may be, reply below or to Sammy@sammyjpearson.com.
P.S - Here is a list of health and wellbeing resources you may like to check out:
· Holistic Nutrition, Eat well, train smart and be kind to your body - Kate Callaghan
· Chris Kresser – Chriskresser.com
· The Period Repair Manual – Lara Briden
· 1Giant Mind App – Free meditation app
· Belinda Davidson – Chakra cleanse meditation (purchase online)
· Amber Hawken – Amberhawken.com and her book ‘The Unfuckwithable Life.’
· Stress management tools and tips handout -