Around 8 in 10 women in the UK experience symptoms of menopause. Anxiety is one of the common symptoms during the menopausal years.
What is anxiety?
Anxiety is a sense of worry over normal everyday events. You may be anxious about things that are about to happen or what you think could happen in the future. Anxiety can be experienced through thoughts, feelings, and physical sensations.
I have written about responses to fear and anxiety. Do you have many of these symptoms?
Both anxiety and sleep disturbances increase during menopause. Anxiety and sleep disturbances are interlinked. This can lead to various other menopausal problems, such as memory lapses and headaches.
Menopause and anxiety
According to an article in Psychiatry Advisor, anxiety and depression are linked to an imbalance within the central nervous system. Fluctuations in oestrogen levels during perimenopause can alter the hormonal systems, and this may lead to changes in mood.
When the level of oestrogen is high, you feel well. As levels drops, symptoms such as low mood and anxiety can set in.
An article in Harvard Health Publishing, mentions that anxiety may be triggered by an overactive thyroid gland, which becomes more common with age.
Tips to help deal with anxiety during menopause
It is important to maintain a healthy diet and do regular exercise to minimise health problems and promote self-esteem and well-being.
Weight-bearing exercise, such as walking and running, helps to maintain bone health.
Try and get adequate sleep to reduce symptoms.
Keep a diary of the positives and challenge the negative thoughts. Make a note of patterns in other factors such as sleep and stress levels.
Make time to laugh as humour can help with tension, and helps stimulate immune systems.
Reach out to others and don’t struggle alone.
Homeopathy may be beneficial in reducing the symptoms of low mood, anxiety, hot flushes, and sweats, amongst others.
Realise that these feelings of anxiety are likely to be temporary if they are related to hormonal changes. Once you are post-menopause hormone-related anxiety should start to ease.
I have written a number of posts about menopause which may be of interest to you.
If you would like to discuss homeopathy and anxiety, feel free to book a free discovery call with me or email me.
Is homeopathy for you?
Homeopathy is used all over the world for so many health issues, including anxiety during menopause. Whether you have a big health issue that is stopping you from getting on with your life, or niggly health 'annoyances', feel free to contact me if you think I may be able to help.
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