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Relief from Anxiety and Stress during Menopause

A woman can be overwhelmed by stress when entering menopause.

Reaching the point in your life when your body changes significantly is bound to elicit many emotions, especially when your body changes as drastically as it does during menopause.  Feelings of sadness and lack of motivation coupled with physical ailments such as hot flashes and hair loss are enough to put anyone under a lot of stress, and this stress can lead to bouts with anxiety.  There is a lot of literature that offers helps in dealing with these issues.  Let's review some and talk about the different ways to find relief from stress and anxiety during menopause.

There is a long list of menopause symptoms to consider when trying to find relief.

You may suffer from some of the following ailments associated with menopause.
  • Irregular periods with shorter or longer cycles
  • Forgetfulness
  • Decreased sex drive
  • Night sweats or cold flashes
  • Hot flashes and flushing
  • Sudden changes in mood or sudden tears
  • Overwhelming fatigue
  • General sleeplessness or insomnia
  • Heart palpitation or irregular heartbeat
  • Weight gain
  • Muscle tension
  • Inability to concentrate or pay attention to the task at hand

There are many more symptoms that some women experience and medical professionals have attributed them to the change in hormones that trigger the onset of menopause in women around their late forties or early fifties.

What can be done to manage the symptoms of menopause and the stress and anxiety associated with them?

It's true that the answer to this question is not a simple one, but there are certainly plenty of things that can be done using pharmaceuticals, natural supplements or simple changes in behavior. Relieving the symptoms can take you a long way towards handling the stress and anxiety associated with such an important turning point in a woman's life.  Taking a close look at the symptoms you are experiencing will help you determine which symptom relief tactics you can employ on a regular basis to help you also control your stress and anxiety.
Here is a list of pharmaceuticals that a doctor may prescribe to aid a woman during menopause.

Hormone Replacement Therapy is the main pharmaceutical response to menopause and its symptoms and there are several ways for a woman to receive HRT.
  • HRT Pills - this involves ingesting a pill that offers the right combination of manmade hormones to replace those that your body has stopped producing on a regular basis.  These hormones include estrogen and progestin and there are several brands to choose from.
  • Vaginal Ring – this involves inserting a ring into the vagina and the device will help your body maintain even levels of estrogen, thereby helping manage the symptoms of menopause caused by loss or fluctuating levels of estrogen in your body.
  • Transdermal Patch – this is a miniature patch that is worn on the skin and it helps your body regulate the hormones that cause menopause, helping to relieve the symptoms.

There are also natural supplements you can take to manage stress and anxiety associated with menopause.

The thought here is that is you can successfully relieve yourself of the stress and anxiety you're feeling, you can better manage your menopause symptoms without using pharmaceuticals.  Here are a few things to consider:
  • Aromatherapy – there are certain essential oils that are available to help relieve stress and anxiety like lavender, roman chamomile, geranium, and clary sage.
  • Herbs – ginseng has well known for its power to reduce stress levels.  As a bonus, it contains fatty acids which could help you if you are experiencing hot flashes as a symptom of menopause.
  • Natural Supplements – taking things like B Complex Vitamins and St. John's Wart will also help you manage stress and anxiety, leaving you free to tackle the symptoms associated with menopause.

By managing symptoms one by one, you can ultimately find relief to your stress and anxiety as well as your menopause symptoms.  
And there are also other ideas which you could consider.  These are things like exercise which many times is the answer to relief from many more ailments than those associated with menopause.  In addition, acupressure and acupuncture are other natural ways to offer relief from stress and anxiety and the symptoms of menopause that cause them.

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