How to manage stress when you have PCOS
Stress and PCOS go hand in hand. So much so that the women who have PCOS often feel down due to chronic stress and often require medical attention. Generally, higher stress levels are related to an imbalance in insulin hormone. There are many other factors that are associated with PCOS and causes stress other than insulin imbalance such as bald spots, infertility, irregular periods, resistance to body loss, permanent fatigue, loss of confidence etc. These symptoms associated with PCOS can cause stress for women living with PCOS.
Other than medical treatment, you can take some steps in your routine to reduce the stress levels. These changes will help in controlling hormonal imbalance and will help you in attaining a balanced lifestyle in the best possible way.
Take baby steps: One step at a time, one should never try to change their entire lifestyle in order to reduce stress. Sudden changes may trigger anxiety which will only add to the existing problems. Take baby steps and make small changes in the lifestyle, dietary habits, and routine.
Concentrate on adding positivity: Even though it might sound difficult, but try and concentrate on adding positive, constructive and productive activities to your routine. Instead of saying “I cannot do this”, prefer to say “I can do this”. Positivity is very important to reduce stress. For instance, as we know that losing weight is extremely difficult for women with PCOS, believe that you can add more vegetables in your diet in order to get better. The bad food habits will go away automatically.
Add low sugar food in your diet: Low level of sugar in your diet will dramatically lower down the levels of insulin which will help in reducing stress. Fruits like berries, grapefruits and vegetables like beans are a good source of low sugar diet. Prefer to add them in your diet.
Eat more fat: We are not talking about adding junk food or fast food in your diet but we are talking about adding good fat that will feed your brain so that you can feel better. Fat content in food items like ground flax seed, coconut oil, coconut milk, olive oil, butter (from pastured cows), ghee, nuts, and seeds do not raise the level of insulin in the bloodstream which helps in reducing stress while fulfilling the craving.
Sleep: It is very important to have ample amount of sleep in your daily routine. Do not work for straight hours, take regular breaks. Make sure you get at least 7 to 9 hours sleep every day.
Gift yourself: Set easy goals and treat yourself on completion of the goals. It is always important to make yourself feel good and gifting small materialistic and non materialistic items every once in a while brings happiness. Also, pamper yourself with whatever you like to say massage or salt bath.
Meditate: Meditation is one of the best ways to reduce stress. Spend at least 15-20 minutes daily to meditate. You can also try light Yoga, it has proven results for reducing stress.
Every woman with PCOS fights with stress. It is important to understand the cause of the problem and work on altering your lifestyle accordingly so that you can bring down the stress levels.