PSYCHOLOGY OF PCOS

anxiety depression awareness for pcos

How to Manage PCOS?

The Mindset

 There are many successful treatments options but above all, you require the right mindset to actually beat PCOS.

 Though PCOS has been linked to some mental health issues like depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, body image issues as well as eating disorders, there is very little awareness of this correlation (1).

This awareness is urgently needed both within the community and the mental health professionals. awareness photo We want it to be understood and normalized. not because we are percentages but because we are social creatures that need to share. It is just human nature to want to be understood.  We want our boyfriends, our friends, co-workers and distant relatives to be aware of this issue. We want the medical professionals to be more informed as well as the nutritionists. We also want the psychologist to be informed on this so that we have a guide if we need one.
This is what happens when we first learn about PCOS.
A little bit of fear or anger or anxiety, it’s even useful. Our ancestors are the ones that got scared and ran away when they saw the bear. They are the ones that survived. But the collective and useless distress we take on are a completely different idea. Though it may be tricky to find the middle line.

How to tell if you are over-stressed?

First things first you should evaluate the severity of your psychological distress. just as you might be more prone to excess hair, your level of psychological issues will vary.
If you are feeling “depressed”, “overwhelmed”, “hopeless”, or “scared” all throughout the day, then it may be a good sign that you need to seek professional help.
However, If you are managing your life pretty well yet you feel you might benefit from getting rid of some of those bad self-assessments; then great news because there are some proven and highly effective ways to do so.
When you first learn it.

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So you tried and failed?

Maybe try these.

  1. Don’t wait. Even a tiny thing is big when it is the start.
  2. Have a little bit of discipline. It is one thing to start a new habit another completely to stick to it. Discipline is a lost virtue. Sometimes you just have to push on through.
  3. Accept yourself. Know or learn who you are. This is a huge philosophical question I know but just start with your thoughts and actions at that given moment. Know what you can change and what you can’t and start your journey in accepting what you can’t change.
  4. Find the root of the problem then deal with it.  Ok, so this takes time. This takes a whole lot of mental energy and it is risky.  This digging deep part would be much better with a professional. Or at least a very close companion and a totally safe environment
  5. Find an outlet.  Go to a seashore and scream at the top of your lungs. Try some “aggressive” sports like Krav Maga or archery try riding a bull.
  6. Do some art. Is an amazing outlet but it is highly therapeutic too. write a short story about your struggles or do an abstraction the feeling you first had when you learned about your condition.
  7. Try journaling. Think of it as a free space. Free of judgment. Free of hurt. Free of perfection. The sole action of putting the mind on paper is just magic. All those spiraling thoughts can be put down so that you can have more productive and happy thoughts instead.
  8. Practice self-love and gratitude.  These are different practices but they feel remarkably similar. Make it a habit to stand in front of the mirror for a few minutes to say good things about yourself.  Don’t be afraid to repeat. Don’t be afraid to be silly. Only you are watching. Also find the things in your life that you are grateful for and a knowledge them then share them. These seemingly insignificant hippie inventions actually have the capacity to rewire your brain. (2)
  9. Meditate   It works and all the cool kids are doing it. There are so many great sources nowadays take advantage of them. But I need to simplify out of habit. Just sit comfortably and observe your thought as a compassionate alien would.
  10. Share you are not alone  Knowing you are not alone in this is usually a great way to start. Connect whether it is wth someone in person or online. Externalize your distress. maybe ask a friend to come to your next appointment.
  11. Set an achievable goal and break that down. don’t set yourself for failure. branching out too much takes you away from your center. Do take action but instead of focusing what you didn’t do focus on any action that you took that helped in your journey.
  12. Don’t see it as a setback but as an opportunity. This is a journey that will help you understand and learn more about yourself.

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2 comments

  1. I like the list. I sure delt with depression when I got the news about my pcos. Tried meditating, a friend of mine who did yoga recommended it. But I cant seem to do it.

    1. Hey Tanny, yoga is a great relaxer as it is you can try that if that works for you. When you begin meditation you can try guided ones there are great apps for this. I recommend Calm or Headspace. There is a huge variety though on youtube.

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