How Hormones Affect Your Emotional & Mental Wellbeing

In my previous article, I touched on how hormone imbalance affects weight. The effects of hormone imbalance doesn’t stop there…really, there’s more – this imbalance also affects you emotionally and mentally particularly with certain types of hormones.

It can go from mood and behavioural changes, to increased depression and anxiety, and you could feel like a completely different person just because a hormone is too high or too low.

Emotional Changes

The first thing you might notice with a hormonal imbalance is that your mood is changing. You might go from the occasional mood swings and irritability to feeling like you can barely control what your mood is doing. If you are experiencing a lot of irritability, being angry a lot, having loud outbursts, or just a general mood swing that never seems to go away, it might be a good idea to consider whether your hormones are the reason for the changes. Although this happens a lot more with women, heads guys – it’s not exclusive to women, happens to men as well!

This can happen with regular fluctuations of hormone levels, which might be normal for some women going through PMS with their menstrual cycle, however if/when it happens more often or daily, then there might be something else going on that needs to be investigated.

Mental Health Issues

Some men and women also experience mental health issues with their hormonal imbalance. This is may be typical if you already experience depression or anxiety which can increase dramatically due to the hormonal imbalance.

For example, if you have depression, but suddenly your depressive episodes are more severe, last longer, or coming on more often, an imbalance in hormone levels may attribute to the increased symptoms.

Similarly, people with anxiety disorders might notice the panic attacks are either worsened or that the general anxiety never seems to go away. That is also a sign that something else is going on in your body and you should talk to your doctor about it.

Increased Stress

Everyone experiences some level of stress, and the cortisol hormone is there to help you deal with it. However, if your stress is heightened suddenly, and you can’t seem to handle the mental or emotional changes it is causing, the cortisol or other hormone levels might be too high. This is one of the side effects of hormonal imbalances. Check in with your stress levels and adopt some tools to help reduce and manage them

Fatigue and Low Energy

Lastly, you may experience a lot of fatigue during the day and low energy, regardless of how much sleep you got. This gets into the field of pure exhaustion or adrenal fatigue, where you can barely get through the day, have low productivity at work, and just want to sleep all day long, when you know it is a problem.

If you feel you are experiencing hormone imbalance, go through the Hormone Questionnaire on my website to get an insight into what’s going on with your hormones. Click here to get some tips on how to start getting your hormones balanced and reduce your stress levels.

 

 

 

 

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