The change of life, as it’s often known is something that many of us dread, and it’s not hard to see why with all the psychical and mental changes that it involves. In fact, symptoms can be as varied as hair loss, bloating, sleep disorder, hot flashes, and even itchy skin. While all symptoms are worth addressing if you are currently experiencing them, this post will, in particular, will discuss the mental health issue common during menopause, and what we can do to manage and alleviate them.
While we often see fatigue as a physical health issue, it can also be linked to our mental state as well. In fact, it can be a depressive symptom as well as a sign of mental overwhelm, with your consciousness shutting down as an automatic response, as well as the effect the change in hormones is having on our bodies.
When dealing with fatigue in menopause, it’s important to realize that it is not our fault, and is a stage that most people come through eventually. This can help as it allows us to show ourselves a little more compassion when we are tired. Something that can immediately make the situation easier to cope with.
Of course, there are some things that we can do to make sure that we are not compounding the problem. Such as going to bed at a decent time each night, and even sleeping separately from our SO for a few nights a week to ensure we get good quality rest.
Sadly, anxiety and mood swings are another common experience for women going through the menopause, but there are actions we can take to make thing easier on ourselves.
One is to use CBT to unpack and reframe the anxious thoughts, which can incredibly helpful in not letting our emotions run a mock. Breathing exercises that are grounding can also help us stay calm when our system is racing, and it feels like our heads will pop too.
Additionally, it can be useful to use one of the many menopause remedies that are available now, as these act on the biological aspect that is occurring in the body. Something that can help deal with the anxiety and mood issues before they get a food hold.
Lastly, many women going through the menopause report a sensation of brain fog. This is where they struggle to concentrate on things that they previously found easy, and even become more forgetful for a time.
Of course, for women going through this, it can be incredibly frustrating! Especially as they have just as much to do and be responsible for as they did before the onset of menopause!
One way to deal with such symptoms is to find small workarounds like using post-it notes in your office or, investing in a planner for your smartphone to help you keep organised.
Although, there is also some research that suggests regular exercise can help alleviate mental fog as well. Something that it is most definitely worth bearing in mind if this is a symptom that you are finding troublesome.