As a health coach, you might think that I have it all together. That my hormones are perfectly balanced, my diet looks like something out of Deliciously Ella’s cookbook, I exercise regularly, sleep like a dream and have a completely healthy life.

The answer couldn’t be further from the truth! Although my health has come on lots since I trained as a naturopath and acupuncturist,  I’m far from perfect and right now I feel like it’s time for some action!

Since I was diagnosed with PCOS at 16, my cycles have always been irregular. It’s gone from 2-3 a year to between 30-50 day cycles, which is a big improvement. I know it means I’ve still got some way to go though and as we are coming to the end of the year, I want to feel better in my love.

Right now my diet is pretty poor, my sleep is bloody awful and my energy and mood tend to be quite low. All these things are massively affected by where I am in my cycle but I would love to feel less like a zombie.

Want to join me? For the next 10 weeks I’m going to be exploring one topic a week and see if I can make some big improvements. I’ll be blogging each week and over on instagram @hedgehoghealing.

Baseline

When you are making any changes to your lifestyle, it’s a great idea to write down where you are now so that you can see the improvement over time. These are the important things to me. Pick 3-5 important parameters for you.

Energy – average over last week 3/10 (Mainly in the menstrual phase of my cycle)

Mood – 4/10

Body Image* – 2/10

Cycle – Currently day 6 (last 3 cycles 34 days, 53 days, 49 days)

*I don’t actually weigh myself. After years of yo-yo dieting I’ve vowed to never weigh myself again. I refuse to subscribe to society’s dieting culture anymore. At the same time, I do want to feel good about myself and my body. I want to feel strong and happy in my skin, which is why I’m going to look at body image as opposed to weight.

Week 1

This week I’m going to focus on my sleep. My sleep is bad right now. Occasionally I get woken up my a small person, but the majority of the time, I’m either getting to bed late (trying to get some time to myself) or I just toss and turn all night.

Over the last week Mr fitbit says I’ve had an average of 4hr 40min a night. Erm, that’s not really good enough!

So the plan…. Here is what I’m going to be trying over the next week, to see what works for me and what doesn’t. I’ll also be reading around the subject for some more ideas!

  1. Sleep routine Spend 30 min before bed winding down, without electronics.
  2. Consistent bedtime My boys are normally up between 5-6am so 9.30 is my new bedtime for this week
  3. Darkness Using my eye mask for complete darkness
  4. Lavender Essential Oil good for sleep
  5. Chamomile Tea relaxing before bed
  6. Exercise Doing exercise in the morning helps to reset your melatonin and cortisol levels

What works for you? What are you going to do to get good sleep this week?

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