Some women experience mood swings, low mood, stress and anxiety around the time of the menopause.
Signs of stress
- Finding it hard to cope with everyday situations
- Suffering from tiredness, aches or pains
- Becoming angry and losing your temper very easily.
- Suffering from digestive problems such as indigestion, diarrhoea or constipation
- Poor sleep
- Difficulty in concentrating
- Not eating properly - too much or too little
How can I help myself?
- Identify what it is in your lifestyle or attitudes to life that is causing the stress
- Make a positive choice to do something about it
Stress relieving activities include:-
- Think Positive thoughts
- Take a break- walk away from the problem to gain some perspective
- Relaxation-do something relaxing e.g. any form of exercise; just simply going for walk, reading, listening to music, gardening, a creative activity such as knitting, crocheting, painting or sketching
- Improve your time management - learn to priorities important versus urgent things and don’t let the urgent things take over…
- Meditation - you can learn to do this through books, tapes, the internet or why not sign up to a local class.
- CBT - Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is a type of talking therapy that can help with low mood, stress and anxiety. Your Doctor or Pharmacist will be able to provide more help and advice on how to access CBT.
- Aromatherapy - the use of essential oils made from plants and flowers that are thought to induce a range of emotional and physiological reactions in the body. The oils can be applied by rubbing onto the skin, adding to bath water or used in an oil burner. Examples include the use of lavender oil to help with sleep and stress
Me Time - In a busy life with the often competing demands of children, family, home life, work, friends, hobbies, it is sometimes difficult for menopausal women to take time out for themselves. So try to remember, take a little time out for yourself to:-
- Exercise e.g. Pilates or yoga
- Have a brisk walk in the fresh air
- Take some quiet time to read a good book or magazine with a nice cup of tea
- Make sure you have friends to support you…someone you can share you concerns with
- Have laugh and a smile – it really does work. If you smile people will smile with you. Watch a funny film, listen to comedy on the radio.