Menopause and Emotions
You already know that menopause is a time of great change and transition as your body moves from having regular menstrual cycles to none at all. You also know that this shifting leads to dramatic physical and emotional changes that affect every woman differently. You experience unwelcome physical sensations, and the way that you look at yourself and at the people in your life may begin to morph into something different and less desirable.
Though the process targets each aspect of your life, there is no need to panic. There is no need to seek out drastic or radical treatments to improve your situation. Rather, with some simple goals and interventions you can find success in managing the unwanted emotional impact of menopause.
Manage the Physical
The first step to managing your emotions is reducing the physical impact of perimenopause. Once your physical symptoms are under control your stress levels will come down and you can better focus on improving your mental health.
- Follow doctor’s recommendations – Your physician is the clear choice to begin treatment. Ask your OB/GYN about the best options based on your situation. Is medication or hormone replacement right for you? Be an advocate for yourself by explaining your symptoms and being persistent until you feel satisfied with the results.
- Find home remedies – Hot flashes and night sweats are some of the most common and problematic symptoms of perimenopause. Finding ways to limit their influence will help you find relief. Research some popular methods and consider using ice packs, cooling pads and cold compresses to reduce your physical symptoms. Along the way, use your creative side to find solutions that have not been discovered yet.
- Relax – Life is stressful enough without the added pressures of menopause. Everyone can benefit from finding new sources of relaxation. Yoga, deep breathing, guided imagery and autogenics yield high benefits when done consistently. Meditation aids in distraction and ignoring your physical symptoms. You can also engage in more pleasurable activities like visiting with friends or going out for dinner and a movie. These options serve as escape and avoidance and are very appropriate during this period.
Next page: managing the emotional impact.