The human body can circulate about 50 different hormones. Hormones are the chemical messengers of our brains.

Your brain receives messages from your body to release a certain amount of a certain hormone. The hormones then enter the bloodstream and circulate through your body to activate targeted cells.

There are numerous factors that can cause a hormonal imbalance. Some are obvious, like puberty, age, diabetes, over or unde-ractive thyroid, menopause, PCOS, pregnancy and breastfeeding. Others are not always obvious such as stress, trauma, lifestyle approaches, eating disorders, tumours, incorrect diet and even medication. Thus the brain is either receiving the wrong messages, the wrong amount of hormones or the wrong hormone are released.

How does your Hormones affect your mental health?

1) Over-active thyroid issues are often overlooked.

Symptoms can include:

– anxiety
– insomnia
– moodiness
– panic attacks
– depression
– increased metabolic rate
– irritability
– jittery behaviour
– nervous excitation

2) Under-active thyroid can cause –

– depression
– moodiness
– fatigue
– mental sluggishness
– and in some cases anxiety

3) Excess Adrenaline can cause:

– depression
– anxiety
– insomnia
– tremors
– trouble breathing
– abnormal heart rhythms.

4) Excess Cortisol

This happens when you have chronic stress and can have the following symptoms:

– feeling jittery
– anxiety
– trouble sleeping
– inability to sleep properly
– feeling irritable
– can lead to weight gain
– low energy
– feeling tired all day or…
– hyperactivity
– inability to concentrate on things
– short attention spans
– mental sharpness affected
– feeling confused and foggy sometimes
– moody
– depression
– panic attacks
– eating disorders: *anorexia (eating very less) or *bulimia (eating a lot and purging it out)

5) Deficiency of Cortisol and Adrenalin can make you feel:

– sluggish
– tired (even after sleep)
– moody
– depressed
– difficulty concentrating
– makes the body vulnerable to chronic inflammation
– cause fibromyalgia

6) Low oestrogen

– Foggy Mind
– Depression
– Memory Lapses
– Headaches
– Sleep Problems

7) Excess oestrogen:

– Anxiety
– Irritability

Good news!

8) Progesterone

– eases anxiety
– facilitates memory
– sleeping aid
– calming effect on the brain
– reduce swelling
– improve mental clarity

9) Decreased Testosterone:

– fatigue (Get tired easily)
– inability to concentrate
– decline in memory and cognitive skills
– mood swings
– depression
– anxiety
– lack of vitality
– sleep problems

10) Decreased Norepinephrine

– affects your mood
– depression
– anxiety

11) Sudden, rapid rise of norepinephrine can cause

– panic attacks

12) High levels of norepinephrine

– makes you euphoric
– schizophrenia

13) Imbalanced Serotonin affects

– appetite
– bowel movement
– sleep patterns
– mood
– learning ability

Can cause:
– fear and anxiety (stomach cramps, diarhorrea)
– inability to focus

14) Pre-Menstrual Dysphoric Disorder:

– irritability
– anxiety
– depression
– fatigue
– trouble concentrating

15) Post-Partum Stress Disorder is –

Clinical depression experienced by mothers after giving birth. Pregnancy causes fluctuation in oestrogen and progesterone levels can cause:
– severe depression
– a feeling of restlessness and “all hope is lost” kind of sensation.

16) Menopause can cause:

– memory loss
– dementia
– moodiness

When our hormones are all working together in harmony, we maintain mental clarity and even mood and feel stable, but due to all the stresses, pressures and stimuli we are exposed to in the modern world, we can easily see how our hormones have become out of whack or imbalanced.

It is thus important to know when our hormones are imbalanced and to note or journal our symptoms so that we are able to take the correct steps in taking care of our minds and bodies.

There are numerous ways to naturaly balance our hormones, but most people would never think of Hypnotherapy as being a key method of balancing hormones.

If you think of it, your brain receives messages to release hormones and sometimes these messages are received wrongly thereby the brain passes on the wrong messages too. Similar to the game Chinese Whispers.

These messages are dealt with in the subconscious mind. During hypnotherapy, the therapist deals with the subconscious mind and not the conscious mind. It would thus then only make sense that the Hypnotherapist can guide your subconscious mind to regulate your hormones.

This is done through a few sessions tailored to your unique symptoms and situation and the results have been astonishing.

To find out more, visit my website HERE or contact me to discuss.

In my next blog I will send you an online test you can do to easily find out if and which of your most common hormones are imbalanced and a list of natural ways to make you feel balanced again.

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