Is Anxiety connected to the menopause? I get asked this question a lot. It’s one of those questions that has a yes and no answer.
- Yes, many women going through the menopause do suffer bouts of or symptoms of anxiety.
- No, anxiety is not directly a symptom of the menopause.
The Cause And Effect Of Stress
When you think of Cause and Effect you can sort of understand what is going on. The cause of anxiety is stress. When you get over-stressed and are triggering the stress response all the time, you can have bouts of anxiety (the effect). Anxiety is the effect that being over-stressed has on you.
What has Stress Got To Do With The Menopause
I can hear your question – So what has that got to do with the menopause? It has everything to do with the menopause. From puberty through to menopause most women have a monthly cycle where hormones like oestrogen and progesterone rise and fall at certain times. This is to facilitate the possibility of conceiving.
It’s All About Hormones
As you hit 40, or perhaps even before 40 for some women, the progesterone and oestrogen levels begin to drop in the body. There are other parts of the body that can begin to provide more of these hormones to help you compensate for the drop in the ovaries – the adipose (fatty) tissue in the skin, the brain, even some of our organs.
The Adrenal Glands Have a Key Role During The Menopause
But the main area that is meant to take over the production of oestrogen and progesterone is the Adrenal Glands. If the adrenals glands did this, the body would not try and rob oestrogen from others organs like the heart – causing bigger problems
Stress Will Always Win The Battle
The Adrenal glands have another more important job to do. Providing us with cortisol for the stress response. The Adrenals glands will never secrete oestrogen before cortisol if the body has indicated it is under stress, even if that stressor is not a life and death situation.
Anxiety Results When You Are Stressed – Regardless of the Cause
This is where the anxiety symptoms come in. If the Adrenal glands are under stress, they secrete cortisol. They also stimulate the pancreas to shoot off bursts of energy for the body to be able to fight or fly. All these demands on your already stressed body means it will not be able to cope with the added stress of your transition through the menopause.
The result is a very over-stressed you with neurotransmitters all over the place and this leads to Anxiety. So, you can tend to get bouts of Anxiety during the menopause, but that is because you are over-stressed internally, not directly because of the menopause.
My solution is to get yourself de-stressed and that can be easier said than done when you are in this ‘stress-cycle’. That is why I always suggest a grounded and rounded approach. You need to take away foods that are stressing your body, change the thoughts that are triggering your stress response, look at your exercise regime, your sleep pattern, water intake and add some good nutritional support in to help your body transition.
Where to Start Retuning Your Stress During the Menopause
If you don’t know where to start – pick one thing on the list and look at it. Take water drinking. Set a reminder on your phone every hour to remind you to drink some water. Then when you have this mastered take on another thing, like looking at your exercise regime.
If you would like some help getting yourself into a good you could attend a kinesiologist. In my work I combine kinesiology with Tapping and the Law of Attraction to help my clients get a good wellness programme going. One that helps them reduce stress, improve habits for wellness and get those past unresolved thoughts retuned to positive uplifting ones.
The Anxiety Picture
So, hopefully you can see how anxiety fits into the menopause journey. More importantly, you can see how to begin to transform your own menopause journey. My book: Tap Into Success tells of my journey with Anxiety and how I used Tapping to overcome non-trigger panic attacks that have never come back. In the book I also talk you through how to use Tapping to help you retune your anxiety states and symptoms.
Stress Doesn’t Go Away, You Just Get Better At Surfing Its Waves.
For help with this you can book a 1:1 online consultation with me or indeed a face to face if you live local to Dublin 15 – COVID guidelines apply.
Online Self-Study Programmes with Email Access
You can also try some of my online programmes like Creating 5 Strong Habits to Boost your Wellness After 40 – Naturally, or Retuning Anxiety – The Natural Way. You have email access to me throughout any programme and you can take as long as you like to complete the programme – but hopefully not too long because I want you gliding through your menopause journey ASAP!
There are also some Rebounding Programmes on the site to get you started and keep you rebounding for your wellness.
Stress, Anxiety and the Menopause – The bottom Line
Bottom Line is, you need to be active in helping yourself to reduce stress in your life so you can calm the anxiety states and get yourself to a place where you glide through the menopause, like you should be doing. Your health is priceless, don’t let yourself get to the point where you have no choice but to start medications or have surgeries, when taking easy steps to change your lifestyle now could bring you so much relief and joy.
Let Today Be the First Day
Remember today is the first day of the rest of your life. Just pick one area mentioned in this blog and act on making improvements now. You will be very glad you did.
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