Sadly, anxiety in menopause is not uncommon for us women. It is often one of the most difficult symptoms for us to cope with, and one which can also include panic attacks.
Many women suddenly feel unable to cope with situations that were never a problem before. Anxiety can put a person ‘on edge’. Simple aspects of day-to-day living can feel very overwhelming and can be frightening too. It can feel as if disaster is always just around the corner. In turn his can also have an impact on a woman’s confidence and self-esteem. She may also find that she is easily irritated. She can worry more than before her menopause. Or find that she suffers from a general sense of anxious tension. This could lead to a significant strain on personal and professional relationships.
Woman who suffer from anxiety in menopause experience a host of physical symptoms. These can range from heart palpitations to muscle aches and fatigue. These symptoms may become more intense for women who experience panic attacks, or sudden and acute episodes of overwhelming fear and panic.
Undoubtedly, anxiety can cause distress. Most symptoms of anxiety in menopause do not require professional care.However, if you do have concerns, it is very important to talk to a healthcare professional.
There are definitely some lifestyle changes you can implement that can help. Before you read on, you might want to download a free copy of my number 1 top tip to manage your anxiety in menopause. You can download Here
Food and Drink Consumption
- How much caffeine are you drinking throughout your day, every day? Try cutting back or cutting this out and see what difference this has on your anxiety in menopause.
- Get a grip on your alcohol intake. Alcohol is a depressant and we can often use it as a crutch to lessen our feelings of anxiety, thereby exacerbating the problem.
- Avoid processed foods and foods which are high in sugar. This will help to reduce your body experiencing the highs and lows of blood sugar, which helps to further reduce feelings of anxiety.
- Choose foods such as complex carbs that boost the calming brain chemical serotonin. Select whole-grain breads and whole grain cereals
- Stay hydrated
- Learn more about your symptoms so that you can make the best decision for your own mind and body.
- Keep a journal. This may help you to discover if there are likely unexpressed negative feelings that may be contributing to your physical symptoms (psychologically speaking, anxiety is often the result of unexpressed negative feelings about some problem)
Take Regular Exercise
- What you do doesn’t really matter as long as you enjoy it, and you are consistent with it
- Work out with a trusted friend or in a group so you have the added benefit of social support
- If possible, take some exercise outside in the fresh air which further helps to lower anxiety
- Learn some calming breathing techniques
- Try out meditation
- Don’t try doing multiple things all at once. This can quickly lead to overwhelm and get you in an anxious state. Which is something you are trying to avoid.
Above all, remember you are not alone.
You may want to do some further reading on the NHS Website
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