Increasing Your Awareness To Reduce Your Stress

If you’re trying to heal hormonal imbalances, you have to address your stress. It’s very tempting to want to take a new supplement or start a new diet and think it will solve everything. ⁣

Unfortunately, this isn’t how our hormones work. ⁣Stress directly impacts hormone production. ⁣

When our bodies experience a stressor (all are recognized the same way), it reacts by releasing the stress hormone cortisol and entering the Sympathetic state. ⁣

Our hormones are built in the Parasympathetic (rest and digest) state. ⁣So if we are constantly experiencing stress and aren’t getting into that rest and digest state enough, this can lead to hormonal imbalances. ⁣

Different Types of Stressors:⁣

🔹Mental/emotional stressors⁣



🔹Long work hours⁣

🔹Lack of sleep/poor quality⁣




🔹Toxic chemicals⁣

🔹Medications (OTC and prescription)⁣

🔹Gut imbalances/pathogens/parasites⁣

🔹Nutrient deficiencies ⁣


🔹Inflammatory foods⁣

🔹Under eating⁣

🔹Poor digestion⁣

🔹Loss of a loved one⁣



🔹Perceived stress⁣

This doesn’t mean you have to eliminate all stressors to heal hormones–that’s not realistic and some stress is good. ⁣It’s about raising awareness and working on what’s in your control and shifting your mindset around what is outside of your control. ⁣


  1. Grab a piece of paper and a pen.
  2. Draw a line down the middle of the paper. On the left write “within my control.”On the right write, “out of my control.”
  3. Go through the image above and list and write down all of your stressors, categorizing them with what you can and cannot control.
  4. Pick ONE stressor and craft a plan of how you will begin to reduce it.
  5. Once you complete one stressor, move onto another one. Slowly chip away and be proud that you are doing a really good thing for yourself.

Learn more about stress and building resiliency in my Season 1 Episode 18 podcast episode.​

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Amanda Montalvo

Amanda Montalvo is a women's health dietitian who helps women find the root cause of hormone imbalances and regain healthy menstrual cycles.

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