Homeschooling and hormones – it’s a tough combination!
I think many, many homeschooling moms suffer with hormone issues,which can be very disruptive to our homeschooling. Whether it’s PMS, peri-menopause, or menopause, those changing hormones can bring some very real symptoms.
If you have been fortunate enough to never suffer from a hormone imbalance, PMS, or menopausal symptoms, you may have trouble understanding those who struggle with these issues. I hope this post will help you be more aware of what some are going through due to their crazy hormones.
If you DO suffer from hormonal problems, perhaps you can relate to this description I wrote about how I was feeling when PMS had a grip on me. (At the time I didn’t know what was going on!)
I woke up this morning to find that the “real” me had gone somewhere, and my body was inhabited by a stranger. To be quite honest, I wasn’t at all happy about it, because I didn’t care for this stranger AT ALL! She wasn’t very nice, and tended to growl and snarl a lot. The least little thing seemed to set her off — whether it was an innocent request from her kids, or a little teasing from her husband. She just couldn’t seem to stand any noise, and just wanted to be left alone. When someone would ask, “Is something wrong?” she’d snap, “No!” and run from the room in tears. She didn’t seem to know why she was crying, but yet she couldn’t stop. If someone asked, “How are you?” it took all she had to smile and say, “Fine,” when she felt FAR from fine.
This stranger stayed with me throughout the day and just seemed to control me. I’d try to fight her, but she seemed to overpower me, and I was too weary to struggle. A terrible feeling of depression hung over me like a dark cloud. Things that had once seemed easy, or routine, now seemed to be more than i could handle. By the end of the day, I KNEW – I was positively mentally sick! What else could explain my awful behavior, disinterest in life, and uncontrollable emotions?
If you’re able to identify with some of these feelings and thoughts, more than likely you’re of the many women who suffer from PMS, or some other hormone imbalance.
In part 2, I will give more information about hormone issues and reassurance that the problems ARE biological, not psychosomatic (as you probably often wonder!).
I wrote a 4 post series on Why Homeschooling Moms Cry, and though I didn’t include hormones in that list, hormones certainly can and do make us cry!