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Stress, Anxiety, and Menopause – Oh My!

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Woman stressed with anxiety during menopause after hysterectomyWhy do I feel so stressed out with menopause?

Whether it arrives naturally or following the removal of your ovaries, menopause is inevitable. You probably expect it to bring hot flashes, sleep issues, and some brain fog into your life. What you may not expect is the stress that can go along with menopause.

Prior to menopause, you may have been generally happy with yourself and your quality of life. You were healthy and happy, secure in your career, and satisfied with life in general. But then menopause symptoms began to arrive. Between hot flashes, heart palpitations, and brain fog, day to day tasks at work and home become difficult. Mood swings and irritability make it harder to get along with your coworkers, family, and friends. Sleep issues leave you exhausted and restless. Rising cholesterol and weight gain aren't good for your health. And there's the fear of an increased risk for heart disease and osteoporosis.

Unfortunately, there can also be a lot of stressful life situations that occur around the time of menopause. You may need to plan funerals or become the care giver for your parents. Your children may be leaving for college or moving away. Your job can change as your co-workers retire and are replaced with younger employees. Similar stressors in the life of your spouse may cause marital strain for you both.

Additionally, decreasing estrogen and progesterone levels decrease the feel good chemicals in your brain. So even when all is well in your life, during menopause you may still feel stressed, anxious, or depressed thanks to hormonal imbalance. Perimenopause can be especially trying as your hormone levels rise and fall unpredictably and out of sync.

Between menopause symptoms and all that goes along with life in your 40's, you may find you feel stressed, anxious, and depressed. To add insult to injury, stress, anxiety, and depression can worsen common menopause symptoms! The worse you feel physically, the more unhappy you can become. It's a vicious cycle, but it's one that can be broken!

Using hormone replacement therapy (HRT), taking steps to lessen stress, and nurturing your inner self can all help you cope with stress during menopause. The less stressed you are, the easier it is to making better choices for better health. The healthier you are, the easier it can be to cope with the stresses of menopause.

There are many things you can do on your own, like exercise and eat well, to combat menopause. Your doctor can also provide assistance with HRT, medications, and even counseling. Though you may not be able to avoid menopause, you can take steps to lessen is impact on your physical, mental, and emotional health.

This content was written by staff of HysterSisters.com by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.

11-11-2015 - 08:41 PM


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