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Tips for Managing Stress During Menopause

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tips for helping you manage stress during menopauseI keep hearing about stress management, but how do I do it?

Stress. We’ve all experienced it at one time or another. It can leave you feeling overwhelmed, out of control, and struggling to keep it together. And although you may not be able to control everything that causes stress in your life, you can learn to how to manage the stress in your life.

Stress affects your health and well-being, but how you react and respond to it can determine how much of an impact it will have. If you try to ignore it hoping it will go away, it can build until it spirals out of control. If, on the other hand, you are willing to identify it and make changes, you can take steps to prevent and minimize the stress in your life.

Identify your stressors.

The first step to learning to manage stress effectively is figuring out what is causing stress for you. Keeping a symptom diary can help you identify your stressors so that you can take action. Whenever you feel stressed, write down what caused the stress, how it made you feel physically and emotionally, how you reacted, and what made things better.

Be honest with yourself.

Next, you need to be honest about whether you are contributing to your stress. For example, if your job is a stressor, is there something you are doing that makes your job stressful? Do you run late each morning? Procrastinate on projects? Not work well with your team? If your own actions are causing the stress, the good news is that you can change you! If you find there is nothing you are doing that is contributing to your stress, then you can decide if you need to change your reactions to the situation or consider looking for another job.

Take action.

Finally, you need to take action. If you know running late each morning is creating stress, start getting up earlier. You can also speed up your morning routine by preparing the night before. As part of your bedtime routine, choose your clothes and accessories, lay out your breakfast, and pack your lunch and briefcase. With just a bit of planning and a few changes, you can add several minutes to your morning so you arrive at work on time and stress-free.

Be healthy.

When it comes to managing stress, it’s also important to be healthy. This means exercising regularly, eating well, and getting a good night's sleep. You also need to treat any health issues you may have, such as diabetes, menopause, and high blood pressure. If you have been treating stress with unhealthy habits like smoking, drinking, and procrastinating, determine to make better changes for better health.

While you can’t remove all of the stress in your life, with a bit of planning and effort you can control how much it affects you. Practicing relaxation techniques, spending time with friends, pampering yourself, and spending time in nature are simple things you can do to manage stress. Also, if you are healthier, it can be easier to deflect stress and move on. And if you are contributing to the problem, you can work to make changes.

Your doctor may also be able to give you some tips and strategies to help you manage stress more effectively and improve your quality of life. You can also work with a counselor, especially if there are stressors you can't change, to learn how to manage stress better.

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.

03-28-2016 - 08:01 PM


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