Menopause And Mental Health

Menopause And Mental

Menopause And Mental Menopause is the time in a woman’s life that arrives typically between the ages of 45 to 50, when she stops menstruating. The ovaries stop producing egg every month which marks the cessation of reproductive period.  The drop in the level of estrogen associated with pre menopause and menopause can make a woman experience more than the common menopausal symptoms like sleep problem, hot flashes, fatigue and night sweats. 

They might also experience  mood swings, anxiety, tearfulness, irritability, lack of motivation, difficulty in concentrating, aggressiveness, tension, fears and an increased risk of depression  during the years leading up to menopause. For some women, menopause can be just like a rollercoaster ride. At one moment they feel happy, and on the next moment they may feel sad or they may be in a fit of rage.

What Causes These Emotional Changes

No one is sure what causes these emotional changes, but general view is that the constantly fluctuating hormones levels of estrogen, progesterone and androgens during menopause leaves an effect on the mental state of a woman. These hormones are responsible for controlling the serotonin level in the brain that influences the emotions.  With there is a drop in theserotonin level, your mood goes down and when the level rises up, you feel elated.

Menopause And Mental Health

The above mentioned emotional aspects could be related to menopause but not always. There could be other reasons behind feeling irritability or depression. If you are going through the above mentioned emotional changes and they are meddling with the quality of your life, talk to your doctor frankly about how you are feeling.  Your doctor can determine if there is any other serious condition that is causing these symptoms.

Ways To Cope These Emotional Changes

The common emotional symptoms like irritability and sadness related with menopause can be managed through certain lifestyle changes. For handling your fluctuating emotions, adopt following measures: Exercise and diet can help to handle the emotional changes in the right way.  Exercise regularly for 20 minutes to half an hour to feel energized.

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It will also help to improve your sleep pattern.  Disruption in sleep often leads to irritability, anxiety and stress. Eating healthy balanced diet will help to boost the serotonin level in your brain and keep you cheerful and energized. Drinking hot milk at bed time helps in proper functioning of the digestive system.

Eating foods that increases the serotonin level like peas, beans and other complex carbohydrates are also helpful in controlling the emotions. Your physical health leaves lot of effect on your mental health. Take vitamins and mineral supplements to keep your body healthy. Eat small meals throughout the day for getting energy and keeping the mood upbeat.

Alternative Treatments

Alternative therapies are often helpful in dealing with emotional changes during menopause. Acupuncture, yoga meditation, massages therapy and meditation brings stress relief and changes your mood.  Exposure to sun every day for few minutes can also brighten up your mood.

Don’t try to keep yourself isolated. Speaking with others will be helpful. Joining a support group or talking with friends will help to deal with emotional changes you are going through. Friends can help to lift your mood, help in self-reflection and make you laugh which will eventually help to accept the symptoms of menopause and handle them rightly.

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