#throwback to this summer chilling on the beach with my boys. I love holidays...but who doesn’t. Chilling out on your annual holiday is obviously great but finding ways to relax and unwind on a daily basis is also really important for your health.
I mentioned in my last post that I developed PCOS when I was 18 years old living in the South of France and finding leaving home for the first time to be quite a stressful experience.
Stress is part and parcel of our modern way of life and a little bit is good and actually necessary. From travelling on public transport, rushing to get the kids to school, working long hours to meet deadlines to trying to fit a million things into the day - it’s hard to get away from high stress levels and that feeling of running on your adrenaline.
However, running on adrenaline in the long term leads to elevated cortisol levels (the stress hormone) which is not great for one’s health and is especially bad for women with PCOS. High cortisol levels actually interferes with female hormones which can lead to elevated testosterone which usually happens in women with PCOS.
Eating the right kind of foods, at the right times (more of that later) is really important in managing symptoms of PCOS but so are lifestyle changes. Our bodies are very cleaver and often won’t let us reproduce in times of chronic stress.
So making time for ourselves all year round and not just on your holidays is really important. Even if it’s just a relaxing bath in the evening with some Epsom salts (which are high in magnesium which help your muscles to relax). Mindfulness, meditation and yoga are all great ways to relax and de-stress but they’re not everyone’s cup of tea. Reading a book before bed or listening to chilled music can be just as relaxing. Prioritising sleep is really important, ideally aiming for 8 hours a night (or 7 if that’s more realistic). A bit ironic for me to say on IG - scrolling through social media pages is proven to increase adrenaline and cortisol levels so minimising time online especially before bed can also help #ibiza#summerhols#nofilter#chill#balance#pcos#pcostips#pcosawareness#pcosadvice#pcosdiet#fertility#mumofboys