Do you feel anxious and nervous for no reason? Or small things that you know shouldn't "set you off" to have bouts of anxiety and feeling so irritable seem to take over. These symptoms are common in your mid-late 40's as you begin to experience symptoms associated with menopause. It is a natural and important part of any woman’s life. Still, that doesn’t always make it easy to deal with. The changes that come with menopause affect a woman’s life physically and emotionally. The most recognizable changes are hot flashes, mood swings, and restless nights. But what many people may not realize is that menopause may also bring with it anxiety, panic attacks and depression.These symptoms are also more exacerbated by lack of sleep and fatigue.
We suddenly feel unable to cope with situations that were never a problem before and overwhelmed by simple aspects of day-to-day living. This can be frightening and undermine our confidence and we may even assume that we are slowly going mad.
Anxiety is like a build-up of pressure in our minds. It is stating the obvious, but to alleviate this pressure we need to vent the anxiety.
These are very common symptoms of perimenopause:
- Mood Swings
- Difficulty Coping
- Panic Attacks
- Sudden unexplained fear or phobias
- Shortness of Breath
- Feelings of helplessness
- A lack of confidence
- Feeling invisible
Menopause anxiety is very common and often one of the most difficult symptoms for us to cope with during the menopause. However, it is important to know that you are not alone.
Here are a few ways to help you cope:
- Watching your diet – Caffeine and alcohol can worsen symptoms while complex carbohydrates act as a mild tranquilizer and steady your emotions.
- Getting some exercise – This can help your body relax and serve as a stress-reliever.
- Relaxation techniques – Simply doing things that relax you such as listening to music or going for strolls through the park can have a dramatic impact on any anxiety you might experience.
- Getting enough sleep – Deep sleep is a natural relaxer.
- Maintaining a positive attitude – Focusing on negative thoughts only makes anxiety and depression worse. On the other hand, focusing on the positive can keep anxiety and depression at bay.
Each individual has a unique balance of hormones. During perimenopause and menopause this unique balance can be disrupted. Getting back into balance and feeling more yourself can be a tough task for many.
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