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Herbs have been used for centuries to help balance hormones and minimise symptoms of PMS and the perimenopause, but in the western world, the modern day medicine practices had taken over. With more women turning towards more natural practices to manage the symptoms of their hormones imbalances, the use of herbs has becomes more prevalent.

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When my kids were little, I was obsessed with routines. I’ve always been schedule based and LOVE organising so when I read about the benefits of a bedtime routine in helping them sleep, I was all in! As they have grown up I have become more relaxed about it but we still do make sure we stick to the basic principles.

When my own sleep started to go haywire, I read that having a bedtime routine as an adult can really help too and it made alot of sense. As I started to follow some of the principles myself, my sleep improved and now I get all my clients doing it too.

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Are you struggling to focus and concentrate, have difficulty with your short term memory and feel confused and in a mental fog? You go upstairs and forget what for, you find things in the fridge that should be in the store cupboard and you lose your train of thought mid-conversation.

But what are the reasons this happens? It can signal hormonal imbalances such as thyroid or adrenal issues or the onset of the menopause. It can also be a sign of food intolerances, poor diet and not taking care of yourself. Let’s take a look at the symptoms of brain fog, the main causes and what you can do to reduce it.

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More and more women are recognising that just putting up with the symptoms or going on HRT are not the only options when it comes to hormonal changes and that a perimenopause diet could be the answer to managing the symptoms.

But there is so much advice out there and articles telling you about different diets you should follow that you can get totally overwhelmed by all the information. The good news is that I’m going to break it down for you into 10 simple steps so you can get started and feel confident you are making the right changes for where you are currently.

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The last 10 years have been pretty turbulent for me personally. I’ve been divorced, moved house 3 times (soon to be 4!), been made redundant from my corporate job, gone back to college, started a business and of course had 2 babies who are turning into pretty awesome little people!

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You probably thought it was totally normal. That everyone feels this tired all the time when they have work, kids, housework, partner and social life to juggle (I feel tired even typing all those things and I’ll bet it makes your head spin!).  But it feels like no matter how many early nights you have, you just can’t seem to catch up and you’re waking up exhausted.

You’re not just tired. You’re grumpy too and you can’t concentrate properly at work. And any conversations with your husband beyond basic exchange of greeting, kids stuff and what’s for dinner feels impossible.

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