Every day I hear a client say “I swear they have ADD.”

Could technology have caused everyone to have attention issues?

I’m tempted to say yes…AND there’s another component…

Hormone shifts are scary to you body – the body sees them as a trigger for “not safe”.

It’s a subconscious reaction and it provokes you to run on low level anxiety 24/7.

Progesterone deficiencies and elevated cortisol are directly connected to anxiety.

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Hormone replacement like progesterone can be a game changer as can l-theanine, lithium orotate and ashwagandha.

These are bandaids – I believe the real issue is the nervous system.

Perimenopause and menopause symptoms have been shown to be worse in those who have nervous system dysregulation.

How does the nervous system go off the rails?

Life experience. 

Traumas and wiring by your family, friends and people you spend the most time with. 

Anything that is new or different is seen as a threat until proven not to be.

Your body and mind will try to keep you in the same “safe” aka familiar box your entire life if you let it.

Hormone shifts challenge your nervous system and it perceives them as a threat.

Your nervous system has to adapt to the change.

That’s scary to it so it fights back with all kinds of crazy symptoms.

Unless you get out ahead of the nervous system and work on your thoughts when it comes to change. 

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Accepting that your body is going to change as you become the wiser, more brilliant you – is step one.

How cool is it that you get to experience a metamorphosis?

I believe it’s a chance to reinvent yourself. 

You can take control of your nervous system and tell it all is safe. 

Acknowledging the fears you have about aging by journaling or speaking them out loud is cathartic and preventive.

The more you talk with your nervous system the less symptoms it will provoke a response to fear or threat to safety with your body’s changes.

I can’t stress enough how important it is to work on your thoughts as you transition with your hormones. 

Journaling is one way (and writing these emails) I’ve found to help me immensely to process the thoughts I have.

I don’t know about you – but I’ve noticed my fearful thoughts getting stronger as I get older.

Scenarios of every bad thing that could happen sometimes pop into my brain. 

I used to be happy – who is this negative dark passenger I have hanging out with me?

Can you relate?

Seems every time I go to meditate and quiet my mind a flood of reminders to do random stuff comes to my head.

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Some say driving is a good time to let your brain go quiet – mine thinks of all the crazy accidents I could get into.

Maybe that’s because I’ve seen some wild stuff on I-5.

Who knows.

All I know is that there’s a particular voice in my head that needs to go.

(Can you relate?)

She reminds me to do stuff all day long like a ping pong bouncing around in my head. 

No wonder I don’t feel as productive as I once was – she keeps me jumping back and forth on to-do list items.

Could this be the ADD – lack of focus that happens as you get older?

Does it all really come back to intervening with the thought in your head?

It seems possible. 

I encourage you to spend some time with your thoughts – see if you can match them up with things you’ve learned from life experience or family members.

Make the connections then disconnect them by telling yourself these beliefs are thoughts you just think over and over again.

You created the thought you can replace it with an upgraded one. 

Same goes for aging – you created your vision for what getting older looks like…

…you can re-do it. 

Anxiety, ADD-like and fearful thoughts are just that – thoughts.

Note – I’m not discrediting diagnoses of ADD – stating that it’s common to have thoughts that are unfocused as your hormones shift.

Next time you find yourself in any of those states take moment – get quiet and go inward. 

Ask yourself what are you all worked up or scatter brained about – what’s the underlying fear fueling all of this – take note.

Work to intervene each time the pattern shows up by talking yourself through why there’s no need to be fearful. 

Take some L-theanine 400-600 mg or Lithium Orotate 5 mg and get really quiet.

You’ll be surprised what you hear. 

Repeat this often and take notes.

Your subconscious mind has messages for you – tune in for those wise secrets…

… and hit reply to share I want to hear what happened!

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