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  1. Amelia
    January 25, 2020 @ 2:23 pm

    For me my hormones makes me feel more fragile. Things don’t seem to run off my back as easily. I think recognizing that is the first step. That I am okay and worthy just as I am. Period. Keeping an exercise routine as always helped me. For feeling overwhelmed I recommend taking your projects and breaking them down into smaller steps and celebrating wins at each step.

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    • Amy
      January 26, 2020 @ 1:11 am

      Thanks, Amelia for reading and your wonderful insight. It is so nice to hear someone say that everything will be okay and that I am not the only one.

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  2. Ellen Best
    January 21, 2020 @ 6:46 pm

    Amy, if you would like to read here I leave a small tribute to my son.

    https://ellenbest24.wordpress.com/2019/01/14/i-want-to-turn-the-clock-back-2/

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    • Amy
      January 21, 2020 @ 7:50 pm

      This was absolutely beautiful and so true. I shared to my Facebook.

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  3. Adriane Thompson
    January 17, 2020 @ 9:58 pm

    What a vulnerable post! I’m so sorry you lost your precious Delaney. The words in this post are beautifully written. I’m happy to hear it was hormones and not mental health. That is something we definitely need to stay on top of. Thanks for the reminder.

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    • Amy
      January 17, 2020 @ 10:09 pm

      Hey Adriane thanks for reading. I know I do tend to be vulnerable in my post. I have a hard time being fake.
      I have definitely noticed that hormones seem to get more intense the older we get.

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  4. Jenny
    January 15, 2020 @ 1:08 pm

    I have read all of these comments, and you have so much support from these women. Whenever I get overly flustered or easily irritated, I will think to myself where I am in the month. Often it is right before my cycle. Just the thought of that sometimes will calm me down, knowing there is a reason for the feelings. But, I always find that going for a long walk in the neighborhood helps, sometimes listening to music, and sometimes just enjoying peace and quiet.

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    • Amy
      January 15, 2020 @ 1:37 pm

      Jenny, I know what you mean, it is a huge relief when you find out that hormones are the big culprit as to why you feel like that.
      Good to know I’m not alone. I didn’t think there were so many others feeling the same way.

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  5. Mariam
    January 15, 2020 @ 1:00 pm

    I feel you, hormones rule our lives and we can go from 0-100 in seconds. Stay strong, you got this!

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  6. Ashley
    January 15, 2020 @ 12:11 pm

    I have started using essential oils to help with my hormones because I get sick of the roller coaster even on medications. I think they get severely intensive in the gloomy winter months and the stress of my job. I think having my second son so close together even though it has been 3 years also made it worse. I don’t know though. Our bodies do some crazy things.

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    • Amy
      January 15, 2020 @ 1:38 pm

      Ashley, have you noticed a difference with the essential oils?

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  7. Meghan
    January 15, 2020 @ 4:24 am

    I’ve dealt with depression and anxiety for a lot of my life, and it got so much worse after giving birth. The hormones caused my depression to become anger-based and I had no idea how to handle it. I ended up getting medicated and it has helped with my depression and anxiety so much!! I’m nervous how my hormones are going to interact with the medication after having Baby #2, but I’m hoping it won’t be horrible haha.

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  8. Elizabeth Ervin
    January 14, 2020 @ 9:59 pm

    I relate to this article in so many ways. I felt like I wasn’t alone. Thank you for sharing. It feels as though my hormones have been way worse since my second baby.

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  9. Valerie Fowler
    January 14, 2020 @ 1:49 pm

    Hormones are no joke, and menopause is not for the weak. Let’s just say I have determined there are certain points in my cycle when I should definitely *not* be making major decisions. 🙃

    But on a more serious note, I really hope that you are finding peace and taking care of yourself this year. You have been through a lot and deserve some quiet, reflective time. ♥️

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    • Amy
      January 14, 2020 @ 2:26 pm

      Valerie,
      I’m definitely not looking forward to menopause. I never thought about the ups and downs effecting decisions but, you’re right I’m sure emotions can be too high to make good decisions.
      Thanks for reading and your kind words.

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  10. Karen Posselt
    January 12, 2020 @ 8:32 pm

    Wow, what a year you had. You need to pause and let yourself have some grace. Appreciate how strong you have been. I have been learning a lot about women’s hormones from the Essentially You podcast by Dr. Mariza. I’ve been learning how essential oils can help with hormones as well as mental health.

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    • Amy
      January 14, 2020 @ 2:55 am

      Karen, I really appreciate your insight and will heed your advice. I have been learning quite a bit about essential oils lately too! Very interesting.

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    • Ellen Best
      January 21, 2020 @ 6:39 pm

      First, this year will bring you health and peace I know it. My Dad used to say we are given the rubbish sometimes (crap), so we appreciate the good stuff. Say it believe it and it will be true. I had three live healthy births back when I could. But three miscarriages, and a still born took their toll inbetween. So I feel your pain. It was nothing you did, I know that for sure.
      I woke to the surgeon saying. “You have your three. Four was not meant to be, it was the wrong number for you. We had to take it all away but saved the play room.” It was a lot to take in. But If it was meant to be different, it would be. I believe he was not ever going to be with us, and when ever he had gone, the pain would still be the same. I never forget and still shed a tear. But it is one of those things, awful, painful and not something I would wish on anyone. We live and thrive for the ones we have and must be well for them. We can not make the ones we have suffer for tje ones we were unable to keep. It makes you resiliant, feircely protective. I am me, because and not inspite of our loss. You will survive and love your family and gather strength from them. Take care and have a Happy healthy 2020.

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      • Amy
        January 21, 2020 @ 7:48 pm

        Oh, Ellen, I have tears. Thank you so much for sharing your story! I really appreciate you reaching out to me and encouraging me.

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  11. Erin
    January 12, 2020 @ 2:32 am

    Hormones really do wreak havoc on women, especially after we’ve had babies. Hang in there!

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    • Amy
      January 14, 2020 @ 2:55 am

      Thanks Erin

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  12. Lawrence Hamilton
    January 11, 2020 @ 2:04 pm

    This post is important for men too. Helps us to help our wives in a sense. Especially on those days where we have no idea on how to help you or have any idea on what’s going on.

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    • Amy
      January 11, 2020 @ 3:11 pm

      Lawrence, when I wrote this post I was thinking about if a man came across this they would cringe and click off pretty quick. I applaud you for reading through and applying this to the women in your life.
      Thanks for reading.

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  13. NotOldYet
    January 11, 2020 @ 10:31 am

    I think hormones are so important in how we feel and I am hoping not to be locked up as I head into my ten years or so of peri-menopause! Oh the joys. Luckily for me I have never experienced any clinical levels of anxiety or depression but can still emphasise with the racing thoughts and the low mood…mixed with hormones it can be a toxic situation. Glad you found the relief of answers 🙂

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    • Amy
      January 11, 2020 @ 3:15 pm

      Thanks for reading. It is crazy the impact hormones have on our mood.
      I wish you the best.

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      • Marian Wood
        January 14, 2020 @ 9:19 pm

        Wow, Amy! Well I’m glad that it was at least hormones.. you really have had a rough time. Have you had any counselling? Someone on the outside to talk to face to face? Do you have a friend, other then your husband, to give you a hug and console you?

        I had to return to work after having both my babies.. it was very hard, especially as I was breast feeding. I was expressing milk in my car and going out of team meetings to express. (I expressed at work for about 6 months, my daughter had cold mummy milk on her porridge.. ha ha and she ate it, no problems! )

        The pain as well of leaving my crying baby with my parents was terrible! However, on the positive side, getting out of the house and seeing people does help my mood. There are days where the people I see, usually strangers.. really do make my day. My kids are now both at school and there are days where I long to stay at home.

        I’m lucky in that I can do alot of my work from home, but getting out does make a difference.. there’s also the knowledge that I do have a wage going into the joint account.. so sorry what I’m trying to say is going to work is not all bad.

        Maybe as you have said, look at freelance or maybe some sponsored work.. working from home.. but dont stress to much about a nursery if you do decide to go back to the work place .

        Take care Amy and please look after yourself!

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