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5 Menopause Stress Busters

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5 tips for stress during menopauseWhat can I do to manage stress during menopause?

Menopause brings with it a host of symptoms and changes which can leave you feeling stressed and miserable. Hot flashes, headaches, and vaginal dryness are enough to make you irritable and annoyed. Brain fog, insomnia, and depression can make it hard to function and complete your every day tasks. To add to the mix, life stressors around the time of menopause can add to your stress level.

Even though you may not be able to prevent menopause, you can control how much it affects you. There are a number of steps you can take to minimize your stress level and treat menopause symptoms which can help you feel calmer and more in control.

1. Manage menopause symptoms.

Using hormone replacement therapy (HRT) can be help control common menopause symptoms so they don’t become too stressful or overwhelming. Easing hot flashes, getting some rest, and soothing your skin can go a long way towards improving your mood.

2. Be healthy.

It’s easier to cope with menopause and stress if you are healthier. Regular exercise and a balanced diet will boost your energy level, improve your mood, and reduce stress. You can make better choices for better health with simple changes like choosing fruits for a snack and taking the stairs instead of the elevator. Also, if you have a chronic health condition, be sure to keep it managed so it doesn’t contribute to your stress.

3. Pamper yourself.

Getting a massage or pedicure, taking a soak in the tub, and enjoying soothing music can go a long way toward easing your stress level. You can also nurture your inner self by keeping a gratitude journal, creating works of art, and spending time in nature. If you feel calm and collected, you will be better able to manage stress, anxiety, and depression.

4. Spend time with family and friends.

Surrounding yourself with supportive family and friends is essential for dealing with stress, anxiety, or depression. Being alone can make you more vulnerable to stress and depression, while spending time with others can help you feel calm. Be social and don't isolate yourself from those who care about you.

5. Take control.

Though you may not be able to eliminate everything in your life that causes stress, there are steps you can take to de-stress and control it. For instance, you can break task into manageable pieces, learn to say no, and limit contact with those who cause stress. Managing time and being willing to compromise can also help you control stress in your life. Do what you can to control the stressors in your life, but accept those you can't.

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.

11-19-2015 - 07:58 PM


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