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Menopause is different for every woman and symptoms, the intensity of symptoms, and even treatments will vary. However, one common staple when it comes to the menopause experience is frequent changes in mood and bouts of anxiety.
The fluctuation of hormones (estrogen and progesterone) during this time can spike anxiety or depression. However, just because it is normal to experience both doesn’t mean you have to sit back and wait for it to pass.
If you’ve experienced anxiety or depression during menopause, there are some actions you can take to manage both.
Firstly, you should always speak with your doctor about these mood changes to find the best treatments and hormone therapy. However, here are some other steps to consider.
Managing Anxiety During Menopause
Anxiety and depression can affect any woman during this time, even women who have never dealt with anxiety or depression are suddenly caught off guard during perimenopause or menopause.
Apart from the feelings of anxiety, there are physical manifestations that menopausal women report, such as sweating, palpitations, diarrhea, and panic attacks.
1. Practicing Stress Management
Putting time and effort into stress management techniques can be very beneficial. If you’re new to this set a specific time aside each day to practice meditation, yoga, intentional breathing, reading, or even journaling to give your mind some time to relax.
2. Mind Your Gut
Gut health is so important that many doctors now call our gut the body’s “second brain.” Consider a cleanse and changing your diet to get your gut bacteria in balance and see how that helps.
3. Check Nutrient Deficiencies
As you enter this new stage of life your body will change; you could be suffering from certain nutrient deficiencies that can certainly have lasting consequences on your health.
Consult with your EvexiPEL provider about any potential supplements and vitamins that could help you manage your anxiety.
4. Herbal Remedies
Again, you should speak with your doctor before beginning any treatment or supplement regimen. However, many women going through menopause have seen positive outcomes using Maca, an herbal remedy from Peru.
Taking this root in capsule form or adding to food, juices, and smoothies is a great way to incorporate into your diet.
5. Cut Out the Crappy Stuff
Anxiety can be triggered by many factors, but we’re specifically pointing out certain foods you should avoid.
Caffeine, sugar, and alcohol are all stimulants for anxiety. Try removing that afternoon coffee run from your routine and see how it helps or cutting out sugar from your diet wherever possible.
We Can Help
If you’re experiencing perimenopause or menopause you don’t have to feel alone, anxiety and depression are just as common as hot flashes in menopausal women.
Schedule a consultation with the EvexiPEL provider nearest to you to learn helpful practices and treatment options for improved health.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA.