Questions and Answers
Updated: Jan 14
Each week I provide different methods to effectively relieve stress and burnout. Especially in these times with the pandemic, it is important that we double down, create a mindset shift, and get back to what is important to us. This week I am showing up for you by addressing some questions that I often receive from many women.
TODAY'S TOPIC: QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
MENSTRUAL CYCLE IRREGULARITIES
Question: Can my menstrual cycle be affected by COVID-19 and is it okay?
Answer: Yes, it can and yes, it is okay. Your menstrual cycle is such a sensitive part of each woman so it can be affected by virtually anything. During these times of a pandemic and a whole world shift there are a lot of uncertainties which can cause stress on your body. It is important that you listen to your body, what it is trying to tell you and talk about it. By nature, women tend to internalize emotions and because of that we do not get the most out of each other. I invite you to talk about what you are feeling to get the most out of thoughts, ideas, and experiences.
LAUREN'S FAVORITE BOOKS
Question: What are some of your favorite books?
Answer: One of my favorite books is WomanCode: Perfect Your Cycle, Amplify Your Fertility, Supercharge Your Sex Drive, and Become a Power Source by Alisa Vitti, HHC. This is a powerful book and my starter to understanding women’s hormonal health. It’s a western approach but the message is how you can heal your hormones by eating in accordance with your menstrual cycle.
The second book I highly recommend is, Balance Your Hormones, Balance Your Life: Achieving Optimal Health and Wellness through Ayurveda, Chinese Medicine, and Western Science by Dr. Claudia Welch. This is an incredible book that covers both the Eastern and Western approaches to find healing.
Question: What is the deal with adrenal fatigue? What is it? How does it work? How can I deal with it?
Answer: In the last three weeks we have talked about adrenal fatigue and how to overcome it. Adrenals are glands that sit on top of your kidneys and are a part of your endocrine system. Think of your endocrine system as your main airports. The higher the traffic for extended periods of times those airports won’t have time to rest, be cleaned, flights will be delayed, etc.… We need stress to survive but we need to know how to manage and reduce it.
Question: How can I get better sleep?
Answer: If you are in bed scrolling through your phone or watching TV, then you are likely not getting the best sleep you possibly can. A few suggestions to get you into dreamland faster:
If you use your phone to read your books, then I suggest that you place your phone on airplane mode to help prevent scrolling on social media.
I also encourage you to find apps that allow you to go into a black and white mode. When you see color, it stimulates you and when you are stimulated, you don’t sleep well.
For all of you cold turkeys willing to part ways sooner, the best thing you can do is avoid being on your phone at least an hour before bed.
MANAGING STRESS DURING COVID-19
Question: In this time of COVID-19 it has been hard to function and get in a routine. What can I do about it?
Answer: I cannot downplay this situation and it is incredibly stressful in one way or another for different people. This pandemic has affected some more than others, but we are all in this together. With that said, it is time for more. It is time to elevate. It is time to put yourself in a place that you can thrive. It is time for a comeback. If you are one of those who are really feeling the effects of COVID-19 I challenge you to focus on small yet crucial methods for reducing stress.
How: Here are 5 small actions that can make a big difference. These five things can take you from a place of overwhelming to a place of better. Once you get a handle on these five things and start to feel some relief then it will be time to go full throttle to your COVID-19 comeback plan.
5 Small Actions
1. Find a steady sleep schedule,
2. Eat your meals around the same time each day,
3. Move for at least fifteen minutes every day,
4. Drink half of your body weight in ounces of water, and lastly
5. Find joy in something, anything.
If you are feeling your stress climbing, I encourage you to go back to the first three episodes of Wellness Wednesday:
Question: Lately I have been feeling groggy, lazy, and it is hard to function. What is going on?
Answer: You may be working from home right now and maybe thinking that you should be more productive because you are in your house all day. If you are working then remember, you still do not have that much time to dedicate to those things that you would like to get done. You may even have less time now because you are focusing on areas that you were not focusing on in the past. Your time may not be equal, and things could be out of order. Try to honor your time the best you can and it is okay if you are not feeling as productive. It is also normal to feel the heaviness of the springtime season and there are some things that you can do to help reduce that heaviness.
How: Engage bhastrika breath. Inhale your arms up to the sky, and on the exhale, bring your elbows to your side body (see my demonstration in the video). Do this for thirty seconds, take a break, and then repeat two to three more times. You will feel so much more energized!
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Do you have any questions that we didn't cover today? I would be happy to answer any questions that you may have in our next Q&A session. Send me your questions by contacting me on our website.