A big part of recovering from H.A. is staying relaxed and letting your body know that it is safe.
The reason we want to do this is because when we are stressed, our brains send out a hormone called cortisol. When this hormone is sent out, the hypothalamus stops sending GnRH, FSH, and LH to the ovaries. This inhibits them to produce estrogen and progesterone to make eggs, and reproduce properly. (This is in a nutshell)
So to reduce stress, we want the “happy hormones” to be sent to our hypothalamus, thus letting it know that it is in fact safe to reproduce, and our body is okay to hold another being inside of us. (Once again, in a nutshell)
Here Is what I want to do, and what I want you to do, if you are in the same boat.
- I want to make a list of some things to do that make you happy! Go do at least one of them once a day.
For me, a few of these things include:
~ Reading. I can read for hours. Give me a couch, blanket, hot chocolate, and a good book. Life complete.
~ Cooking. Enjoy doing it now, then enjoy eating it later.
~ Music! Listening to happy music always lifts the mood. Consider doing this in the morning to start the day off right.
~ Coffee houses. I can sit in a coffee house for hours and read, or chat, or do homework, or blog.
- Take time for yourself to think and sort out your day. This may help sort out any fuzziness that you have going on inside of your brain.
- Appreciate something once a day. My aunt Laura told me something that she does that I will never forget. Every day, at least once a day, she takes a couple of minutes to appreciate something that she thinks is fun or cool or beautiful or admirable. A sunset. A hummingbird. A song. A painting. All of God’s world has a lot of things to admire. Go out and look. This gives me a sense of “There is more to the world than me, so why should I worry about myself so much?”
- Eat foods that promote “happy hormones” –
- Grass Fed Beef
- Blue Potato
- Greek yogurt
- Sweet potato
- Whole Grains
- Cherry Tomatoes
The moral of the story is to do things that make you happy and relieve your stress. The more that we do this, the better it is for us! Give it time, and enjoy life!