Hey hey Andrea here!

Let me guide you into a fearless Unfiltered Mindset, where a collective of spirited ladies navigating the beautiful chaos of life together.



"In every shitstorm, there's a spot where you can stand strong and see clear—that's what Beautiful Chaos is all about." — Andrea

A woman with her hands raised in a joyful and triumphant pose.

Hormones Gone Wild: How Stress Hormones Wreak Havoc on Mental Wellness

June 12, 20244 min read

"When stress hormones go wild, it's like living in a never-ending soap opera of worry, brain fog, and irritability. Let's break the cycle and reclaim our sanity!" - Andrea Knapp

Hey hey, beautiful CollectHERs! 🌟

Today, we're diving into a super important topic: stress hormones. These little chemical messengers play a huge role in how we feel and think every day. Let’s break down how stress hormones can mess with your mental wellness and things I have done that have worked for me.

What are Stress Hormones?

Stress hormones like cortisol are released when you're feeling stressed. They help your body respond by increasing your heart rate, blood pressure, and energy levels. In small amounts, these hormones are helpful, but when you're constantly stressed, your body makes too much of them, which can lead to problems.

How Stress Hormones Affect Mental Wellness

When your body produces too many stress hormones for a long time, it can cause:

  • Chronic Worry: Feeling constantly worried or on edge. For example, you might find yourself fretting about minor issues like being late for an appointment or whether you left the stove on, even when there’s no real reason to be concerned...THIS IS SO ME!

  • Prolonged Sadness: Feeling very sad or hopeless. This could look like a lingering sense of sadness that doesn’t seem to lift, even when things are going well, or feeling like nothing will ever get better...YEP!

  • Sleep Problems: Trouble falling or staying asleep. You might lie awake for hours unable to fall asleep, wake up frequently during the night, or feel exhausted even after a full night’s sleep...FOR REALS!

  • Brain Fog: Difficulty concentrating or thinking clearly. You might find it hard to focus on tasks, forget what you were about to say, or feel like your mind is in a haze, making it difficult to make decisions or complete work...HAHA EVERYDAY!

  • Irritability: Feeling easily annoyed or angry. Little things that wouldn’t usually bother you—like a coworker’s habits, slow traffic, or a messy house—might set you off, causing frustration and anger that seem out of proportion to the situation...WORD!

For a long time, I felt anxious, tired, and overwhelmed. I didn’t realize that my stress levels were causing my stress hormones to be high all the time. Once I learned about these hormones and their effects, I started making simple changes that helped me feel better.

Things I Have Done That Worked for Me

  • Eat a Balanced Diet: Eating healthy foods can help keep your stress hormones in check. I try to eat more fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains. I also avoid too much sugar and processed foods. I like to say, "Eat from the perimeter of the store and stay away from the inside yuck!"

  • Exercise Regularly: Moving my body helps reduce stress and lower stress hormones. Even a daily walk can make a big difference... this includes walking my coworkers (my dogs) outside to feel grounded.

  • Get Enough Sleep: I aim for 7-9 hours of sleep each night. A good night's sleep helps keep hormone levels balanced... now don't get me wrong, I still wake up but slowly am implementing better sleep routines... we'll chat about this next week :)

  • Practice Stress Management: Finding ways to relax and manage my stress has been crucial. This includes activities like meditation, deep breathing, or yoga... Check out my blog last week for deep breathing tips! HUGE GAME CHANGER FOR ME!

  • Stay Hydrated: Drinking enough water is important for my overall wellness and helps keep stress hormone levels down... Always carry that water jug around.. I use a straw because I think it makes me drink more... but do you boo and just get that water in!

  • Laugh More: Laughter is a natural stress reliever and can help lower stress hormones. I watch funny movies or spend time with friends who make me laugh... and the kids always make me laugh... well most of the time lol!

  • Incorporate Supplements: From personal experience, adding supplements has made a significant difference. I've found frequency-charged mushroom lemonade, like my "Rising and Vibing" mix, to be incredibly effective. It helps support both my gut health and mental clarity.

    Disclaimer: I am not a doctor. Always consult with a healthcare professional before starting any new supplements or wellness regimen.

Final Thoughts

High stress hormone levels can seriously affect your mental wellness, but you can take steps to lower them. By eating well, staying active, getting enough sleep, and finding ways to relax, you can keep your stress hormone levels in check and feel better overall.

Now, let me tell you, I was a big nay-sayer in the beginning of my mental wellness healing journey. I never wanted to hear "just go for a walk" or "exercise more"—it sounded so cliché. But after a while, I caved because I was willing to try anything. And guess what? It worked! For example, the simple act of moving my body made a huge difference in how I felt.

I’d love to hear about your experiences with stress and hormone management. Drop your thoughts in the comments in the collective, and let’s support each other on this journey to better mental wellness.

Until next time, stay calm, stay healthy, and keep taking care of yourself.



blog author image

Andrea Knapp

Hello, I'm Andrea. Beyond being a wife, mother, daughter, and friend, I am a survivor of mental wellness challenges that once seemed insurmountable. My journey through fear, self-doubt, and a huge misbelief about my own nature has been both a battle and a revelation. The fear was real, intense, and at times, paralyzing—I worried about judgment to an extreme, haunted by thoughts that felt alien yet overpowering. For too long, I believed I was not a good person. But through time, support, and a lot of inner work, I've come to not just believe but know that I am far from the negative thoughts that once consumed me. The power of the mind, the weight of words, and the strength found in facing our darkest fears cannot be understated. My journey has been one of deep introspection, learning, and ultimately, taking back control from the shadows of diagnosis that loomed large over my life. Finding my purpose has been transformative. Today, I stand before you, not just as Andrea, but as a voice for mental health, an advocate for hope, and a living testament to the possibility of better days. My experiences with suicidal ideation, self-harm, and emotional turmoil are chapters of my past that have shaped but do not define me. I've risen from a place where I felt utterly lost, to a state of gratitude and genuine happiness that once seemed unattainable. Medications, natural remedies, and a commitment to self-love and healing have been integral to my journey. While the path to wellness is unique for everyone, and I don't know what the future holds, I stand firm in my belief and determination to continue this fight, not just for myself but for anyone who feels lost in the darkness. If you're struggling, know that you're not alone. I've walked through the storm and seen the other side, and I'm here to tell you: It can get better. It can even become great. Never give up on yourself. Your happiness matters, your story matters, and most importantly, you matter. Love yourself, embrace your journey, and remember, we're in this together.

Back to Blog


Breaking Free from Overthinking to Feel Confident!

Break free from the chains of overthinking with this workbook! This powerhouse resource delivers 10 transformative tips to slash those spiraling thoughts and boost your confidence to new heights. This is designed to propel you towards a mindset of gratitude and positivity. Dive into self-reflection, master mindfulness, and journal your journey to empowerment. Ready to challenge your doubts and strut into a more confident, focused you? Let’s get started!

The Collective Community

Our Facebook community, where the magic of transformation happens one confident step at a time. Here at the Beautiful Chaos Collective, we’re not just about finding solutions; we’re about creating revolutions in our lives. This is a space designed for overthinking ladies who are ready to break the cycle of mental exhaustion and step into a world of empowerment.

Our Mission:

We show the overthinking lady how to act in confidence so she can stop the mental exhaustion and elevate mind, body, and money.

What We Offer:

Positive Affirmations: Learn how to craft and use affirmations to shift your mindset from self-doubt to self-assurance.

The Power of Positive Thinking: Tips and discussions on maintaining a positive outlook to overcome life’s challenges and attract more joy.

Journaling for Growth: Guidance on using journaling to explore your thoughts, track your progress, and celebrate your victories.

Cultivating Gratitude: Techniques for integrating gratitude into your daily routine to enhance overall happiness and satisfaction.

Strategic Planning: Practical advice on planning your days and setting goals that align with your aspirations, while you to manage time efficiently.

Join Us:

If you’re ready to turn your doubts into decisions and your fears into triumphs, this is the place for you. Dive into discussions, share your stories, and discover how to harness the power of your thoughts to create a life you love.

Our journey together will transform the way you think about yourself, your capabilities, and your potential. Let’s embark on this path of growth and discovery together, finding joy and fulfillment in every step we take.

Three months ago, skepticism had me doubting the testimonials I had read, despite feeling 'okay' myself. However, everything changed within 30 minutes of my first drink. A wave of undeniable happiness swept over me, lasting the entire day.

Imagine experiencing a joy vibe, with a constant smile, in a state that's chill, calm, happy, and easy-going. 🌟

This isn't just a boost in mood—it's about maintaining a state of abundant peace, high energy, laser focus, and quieting the constant chatter in your mind.

Are you curious to taste this blend of joy?

Our special blend includes:


Lion's Mane

King Trumpet


Turkey Tail



This experience allowed me to feel exceptionally calm and focused, profoundly enhancing my mental clarity and happiness.

Ready to join me and start your journey towards happiness? Click the button below to claim your 5-day experience now!



Hello, I'm Andrea, a survivor of mental wellness challenges that once seemed impossible while being a wife, mother, daughter, and friend.

The journey through fear, self-doubt, and having a massive misbelief about my nature has been both a battle and a revelation. The fear was REAL, intense, and, at times, paralyzing—Talk about feeling worried about judgment, haunted by thoughts that felt foreign yet overpowering.

I felt I was not a good person for too long, and I actually believed it! But through time, support, and a lot of inner work, I've come to not just think but know that I am far from the negative thoughts that once consumed me. 

What I learned is the power of the mind, the weight of words, and the strength found in facing our darkest fears are not an understatement. My path to confidence has been a journey of deep self-reflection, learning, and ultimately, taking back control over the shadows of my diagnosis that loomed primarily over my life.

Embracing my purpose has genuinely transformed my life. Standing here today, I'm not just Andrea—I'm a fierce advocate for mental health, a beacon of hope, and living proof that better days are fucking possible. The intrusive OCD thoughts that once haunted me, scaring me into believing they were real, are just chapters in my story. Alongside battles with suicidal ideation, self-harm, and overwhelming emotional chaos, these experiences have molded me, but damn sure don't define me. From feeling completely lost to living in a state of gratitude and joy that seemed utterly out of reach—I'm here to tell you it's real and achievable.

My Mission?

I show the overthinking woman how to act in confidence so she can stop the mental exhaustion and elevate mind, body, and money.

Hear It from the Hearts We've Touched

Don't just take it from me, take a peek at what these fabulous souls have to say! Each testimonial is a story of transformation, a testament to what happens when you dare to ditch the doubts and lean into your own power. From overcoming the whirlwinds of overthinking to strutting their stuff with newfound confidence, these women are rocking their journeys, and they have some unfiltered truths to share. Read on to see how we’re rewriting the script, one fabulous woman at a time. Your next chapter could be just as revolutionary!


Ready to kick some ass and take your comfort and confidence to the next level? Let's find out if we're a match made in heaven. Just shoot me your details below and I’ll be in touch faster than you can say “Hell yes!” We’ll set up a time to chat about all the badass ways I can help you or your squad shine. Bring on the questions, bring on the goals—let’s do this!

© Copyright 2024 Andrea Knapp