Life is unpredictable. Your hormones don’t have to be.
Anxiety has skyrocketed in the past year for completely understandable reasons. It’s valid and totally makes sense to feel worried and overwhelmed right now. It’s important to remember that good mental health doesn’t mean feeling happy 24/7. It’s human to go through the entire spectrum of emotions.
It’s also important to find healthy ways to cope, soothe your nervous system, and return to a steady baseline where you feel grounded, yet energized.
Hormonal Birth Control & Anxiety
Hormones are chemical messengers that relay information from one cell, or group of cells, to another. Taking hormonal birth control messes with the levels of estrogen and progesterone in your system, and these synthetic hormones can seriously affect the balance of neurotransmitters (other messengers) in your brain.
For example, progesterone is known to have a calming effect on the system. When progesterone levels are altered, as it is on birth control, you may experience heightened anxiety and nervousness. If you already have anxiety, you’re at an elevated risk of exacerbating already present problems when taking birth control.
Additionally, hormonal birth control depletes nutrients that play a key role in optimal mood and decreasing anxiety. Some of these nutrients include B Vitamins, CoQ10, folic acid, magnesium, zinc, and probiotics.
Steady the ship. Enjoy the ride. Tips for coping with anxiety:
- Talk it out. A breath of fresh air and a bit of movement does wonders for the mind. A change of scenery and a break from screen time is a guaranteed mood booster.
- Take a deep breath. Deep breathing has been proven to have a calming effect and bring you to the present moment. Try the 4-4-8 technique or diaphragmatic breathing.
- Write it down. Transferring your thoughts to paper can be a helpful way to process anxiety and slow down racing thoughts.
- Stay topped up on mood-boosting nutrients. Top Up Tonic is formulated to correct nutritional deficiencies caused by hormonal birth control use and can alleviate low mood and depression.
Your hormones control so much. Now you can control them.