Welcome to the A-Z of menopause, This is A for Anxiety.
Ways To Deal With Menopausal Anxiety
Many women struggle with change of mood in the early stages of perimenopause, it was actually my first symptom.
This can include, rage, low confidence, low mood, and of course anxiety.
This can show up in two ways. Psychologically, you may cry a lot, you may struggle to sleep, you might be really irritable with a real feeling of low mood, and also rage.
And then there’s physical, so it might be sweating, it might be a fast beating heart, it might be slight chest pains.
This is all due to your fluctuating hormones, oestrogen supports the brain to regulate mood and emotions and when your oestrogen levels drop, you can’t regulate these moods and emotions!
Here’s what you can do, (this doesn’t always work for everybody),
- you can review your diet,
- you can move more
- you can look at how to reduce stress. This might be your nighttime routine, having a late-night bath for example.
How can your doctor help you?
They may suggest CBT which will help you manage your feelings, they may suggest anti-depressants which may work for some, some of you may want it, plus if it’s your only symptom, it might be the answer. But maybe not for everybody or they can give you HRT or hormone-based treatment to help raise your oestrogen levels.
The most important thing you can do if you’re struggling with anxiety is to talk to somebody, talk to your partner, talk to your friend, talk to a doctor, talk to a menopause specialist, talk to someone.
And if you’ve got no one to talk to, have a look at the link in my TikTok bio for my community, because that can help you too.
It’s called Bossing Midlife.
If you are struggling with menopause, please visit your doctor to get help and support.
Want more advice?
Kate Beavis is Fearless at 50 – supporting women to be visible and fearless in midlife. This includes understanding your health, and well-being, building confidence, and more.