During the perimenopause and menopause, women’s bodies undergo significant changes both physical and emotional. Many of these changes can lead to mental health issues such as anxiety and depression.
The hormones oestrogen and progesterone play a vital role in reproductive health, and the decline of these hormones is responsible for causing low mood, hot flushes, anxiety, brain fog, and difficulty sleeping, all of which can have a massive impact on a woman’s quality of life.
Good quality sleep is an essential for emotional stability. Anxiety, irritability, and stress can quickly start to overwhelm us without it, leading to an irreversible loop. We can’t sleep so we get stressed and we get stressed which in turn interrupts our sleep.
What could help?
To manage perimenopause and menopause anxiety you could benefit from the following interventions:
- Relax: activities such as meditation or yoga, working on breathing techniques, and/or regular exercise can all be useful ways to relax your nervous system and offset anxiety.
- Reduce Caffeine: caffeine is a stimulant, specifically for adrenaline – your “fight or flight” response – which can increase your heart rate and lead to increased feeling of anxiety.
- Supplements: supplements can be helpful in reducing symptoms associated with the menopause such as hot flushes and night sweats. Supplements containing sage, soy, red clover, pfaffia powder, wild yam, soya isoflavens, Siberian ginseng and kelp can be particularly helpful.
- See a health care professional: talking to your GP or finding a suitable menopause specialist can be a helpful place to start. You can talk to your doctor about any concerns.