Perimenopause & Me

Why perimenopause causes anxiety?

Why perimenopause causes anxiety?

Some of the changes experienced during the perimenopause due to the changing hormone levels can bring about feelings of anxiety.

It’s little wonder that at a time of so many changes in the body that you wouldn’t face some worry and anxiety.

Your body is finely tuned and changes in your hormone levels can affect not only your reproductive organs but your mood regulating hormones too.

Cortisol is a stress hormone which is controlled by oestrogen, with declining levels of oestrogen during the perimenopause cortisol levels can surge, resulting in higher levels of anxiety.

Adrenaline can also make us feel panicky and full of anxiety.

Some women during the perimenopause may suffer:-
– hot flushes
– headaches and brain fog to name a few symptoms.

These in turn can lead to anxiety. Ensure that you use every means available to help you relax and avoid excess anxiety.

Never underestimate the power of self-care by:-

– eating well
– drinking plenty of water
– avoiding alcohol
– getting some fresh air
– meditating
– taking part in gentle exercise such as yoga
– speaking to you boss to reduce your workload
– admitting to others that you need help
– writing a journal to offload feelings of anxiety
– Having a relaxing and soothing bath
– making time to paint your nails, have your hair styled or indulging in a massage
– seeking help from your doctor, or network of friends.

These simple techniques can release endorphins, the happy hormones.

Making time for yourself can reduce anxiety.

It may be useful to keep a diary to track and monitor your feelings and when you suffer anxiety, this can be a useful tool to start a dialogue with your doctor if you suspect your anxiety is linked to the perimenopause.

Do not suffer in silence if you are experiencing anxiety either for the first time or if you have a history of anxiety. There is support and help out there, a good first step would be talking to your Doctor.