4 Reasons Why You’re Not Feeling At Your Best
There are times in life where you just don’t feel quite right. At first, you put it down to ‘something that’s going around’, but then after a week or two of feeling like this you start to wonder what is wrong with you. Of course, you should visit your GP if you’re not feeling well, but here’s a few reasons why you might not be feeling at your best.
Is there a chance that you could be pregnant? Pregnancy affects women in different ways, and no two are the same. If you’re on contraception that affects the regularity of your periods, then a missed one might not be a worry for you. Think back, have you had any stomach troubles lately? A bug like sickness and diarrhea can compromise the effectiveness of some contraceptives.
If there is a chance you could be pregnant, go to your local drug store and buy a test. If it comes back negative then it’s recommended to go and see your Doctor who can test your further with blood tests.
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
Also known as PCOS, this condition affects 5-10% of women that are at an age where they can reproduce. It’s caused by an unusually large amount of testosterone (male hormone) in the female body, and can affect your periods, skin condition, and also the amount of hair you have on your body.
If you’ve noticed your periods have become far and few, and you’re also experiencing strange pains in your pelvis area, head to your GP and explain your worries as there’s a chance you might have developed PCOS.
Depression or Anxiety
Mental health can affect everyone in strange ways. Being depressed doesn’t always mean that you’re crying on the sofa all of the time. There are many symptoms that come with depression, and they often mimic those that you experience with anxiety too.
Everyone goes through spells where they feel low in their lives, but depression is often when you’ve been feeling hopeless and tired for some time. You can read more about the symptoms of depression and anxiety here. If you think you might be struggling with your mental health, go and see a GP as soon as possible so that you can discuss your options. Medication isn’t always the way forward for everyone, so if you’re not keen on the idea then make sure you tell your Doctor so they can explore other options for you.
If you have recently had a baby, there’s a chance that you could be suffering with postnatal depression. Many new mothers refuse to believe this because having a baby is the best thing that’s ever happened to them. While that statement is true, the imbalance of hormones after having a baby can react with the chemicals in your brain and cause you to feel depressed.
There’s no weakness in seeking help when it comes to mental health. In fact, it takes great strength to ask for help.
Overweight or Underweight
Feeling slightly out of sorts can simply mean that you’re overweight, or underweight. Check your BMI and see what your recommended weight should be. If you find yourself quite a distance from your recommended weight, it might be time to look at your dietary intake in more detail to see how you can improve it.
If you’re underweight, try eating more bulky meals, little and often. Adding protein to your diet should help you safely gain weight, while turning it into muscle that your body can use to stay fit and strong.
If you’re overweight, cut down your portion sizes and cut out any greasy or sugary food. Within a few weeks you should notice the difference in how you feel. It can be hard to break out of bad habits and food, but once you do you will thank yourself for making the change.
If you’ve changed your diet and you’re still not feeling quite right, then go and see your Doctor for tests on what could be causing you to feel this way.
It’s easy to fall into a rut in life. When it comes to your health, make sure that you’re taking proper care of yourself by eating right, consuming enough water, cutting alcohol and smoking, and also getting plenty of exercise. Remember, if you’re not well there’s nothing wrong with asking your GP for help.