There were two groups of monkeys, the subordinates and the alphas. They found that the subordinate female monkeys who were bullied by the alphas were stressed. This stressful environment caused them to release cortisol. The cortisol in turn resulted in irregular menstrual cycles.
To confirm the accuracy of the results, the experimenters switched the groups of monkeys. So the alpha female monkeys were bullied and stressed which then resulted in irregular cycles. In the meantime, the subordinate monkeys no longer experienced stress and their cycles became regular again.
This tells me a lot about women who are experiencing irregular cycles. With our highly stressful lives and the continual release of cortisol, we are making our bodies infertile.
What are we doing to our bodies when it comes to stress? How can we reduce stress in our lives? I know I am stressed because for the first time in 3 years my cycles are irregular. I think having awareness of the detrimental impact of stress can be the first step for change. So, I have reduced the stress in my life.
My 3 year old monkey who is very active. He does crazy things like climb up and down a public bannister in a restaurant. Just watching him I can feel my heart skip a beat and the cortisol surge in my body. My adrenal glands must be so fatigued.
I decided to reduce the frequency of stressful public encounters. I do scripting with him before we go out. I say: “We are going to go out in public and you are going to be gentle and kind with other children and you are going to stay close to me.” He agrees and it usually goes well. I have also decided to not take him out as much as it does not end up being fun for either of us if I’m stressed and he has an upset mom.
I feel like reducing these public stressful episodes has really helped me stay calmer overall. My body is recuperating and I am feeling healthier. I have more energy, and I am stronger and happier. How can you reduce stress in your life?