I found out last week that over the course of the two years I was in Germany the hormonal imbalances I had have healed. I no longer have PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome), which I was diagnosed with before going out to Germany and this was confirmed last week with a scan and blood tests.
Let me tell you some of the things that worked for me.
Although for me these things were part of my healing from PCOS I think it’s a great idea to write your own prescription for self-care (with medical help where necessary).
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None of this is given as qualified medical advice and it is completely up to you what you choose to try, in consultation with a health professional. Different things work for different people.
It’s not a good idea to make up your own diagnosis. Don’t assume that what you have is a hormonal balance issue, as there could be some other cause.
Lissa Rankin writes her self-care prescription in ‘Mind Over Medicine.’ I find her list inspirational, as there are a lot of things on it!
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Here’s the list – my self-care prescription. This is always a work in progress as I figure out what works for me and what doesn’t.
Here are twenty ways that helped balance my hormones:
- Gluten free diet
- Low dairy diet – still including some feta and goat’s cheese.
- No sugar diet.
- Home cooked food, not packaged.
- Getting coached regularly, so you don’t believe your limiting beliefs.
- Doing coach training with Martha Beck and other self-development work.
- No coffee or tea with caffeine, I still have some green tea and love redbush tea with natural vanilla.
- Some supplements – I recommend this book (for women) to help with this.
- Ballet and yoga workouts – I do six days a week.This was a change from the hard cardio-based bootcamp workouts I was doing before.
- Daily meditation – I use guided meditations by Melissa Ambrosini and the chakra meditation by Belinda Davidson.
- Free self-healing meditation from Lissa Rankin which is here. I also like the Future Self meditation from Tara Mohr’s book ‘Playing Big,’ and Jenny Fenig’s ‘Breakthrough to the Future’ free 60 minute meditation which is here. The Nourishing Goddess make beautiful guided meditations.
- Some organic meat, but not a lot. I tried paleo but it didn’t work for me.
- Low Glycemic load meals and snacks – I use Patrick Holford’s books for recipes.
- Dog walks.
- Creating a business / writing as a creative expression.
- Being open to believing that more hormonal balance is a possibility.
- Not watching negative TV or films.
- Learning to be more self-compassionate and self-forgiving.
- Saying no when I don’t want to do something. Not committing to too many meetings.
- Visualising my ideal day / writing about it.
More sleep should be on here, but I have not got the hang of the going to bed early thing yet! Ten sometimes goes to ten thirty.
I’d love to hear from you. What is your personal self-care prescription going to include? Let me know in the comments below.
If you’d like a free 30 minute session to help you towards your own self-care prescription email me at firstname.lastname@example.org