swings are a major change that women experience throughout perimenopause
and menopause, due in large part to the hormonal level changes.
Some women liken these feelings with PMS—only constant. Other women
compare their menopausal emotions with puberty—only now, they’re
more experienced. These feelings are closely related to the drop
in levels of estrogen, ad run the gamut of emotional highs and
- sadness, or the blues
- lack of motivation
- mood swings
More severe emotional difficulties, such as clinical
depression, are not a symptom of menopause, and should be treated
as a separate
You can help to control these emotional aspects of menopause
by maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including a balanced diet and
options that always have the potential to cheer you up. Relaxation
techniques such as those you find through yoga are sometimes helpful
in dealing with stress and anxiety associated with menopause. Creating
a support network with family and especially other female friends
who are experiencing similar changes as you will help to foster
a sense of emotional balance. Try to avoid “fixing” emotional
issues with alcohol or drugs such as overuse of prescription anti-anxiety
medicines or tranquilizers. Your provider will discuss the option
of antidepressants with you.
If you’re having difficulty finding
a balance between all of the menopausal emotions, consider seeking
help from a professional
counselor and your provider.
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