Menopause and Stress – Understanding the Link Between Stress and Menopausal Symptoms

by Laura Ramirez on July 12, 2011

Menopause and stress can worsen symptoms like hot flashes, mood swings, night sweats, depression, weight gain and more. Make no mistake about the effects of stress. It is cumulative and has real and lasting effects on the physical body, particularly if it is chronic. During a time when protective hormones are waning, it is essential to take a look at your lifestyle habits and see what you need to change. Doing so, will reduce menopause symptoms, boost health and create a sense of overall wellness despite the physical changes your body is going through. Remember that change in itself is stressful and the transitions that occur during menopause: loss of fertility, depletion of hormones that protect the heart, brain and bones, and as well as the reality of aging can really hit a woman hard.

So what can you do to minimize the effects of menopause and stress?

  • Take Vitamins: I recommend B complex, omega 3’s vitamin D3, calcium and magnesium
  • Participate in regular exercise that leaves you feeling energized and renewed like yoga
  • Hang out with friends and family
  • Let yourself sleep in, take catnaps and take a more relaxed approach to life
  • Allow yourself to spend time alone
  • Get involved in your community
  • Find something that gives you joy, meaning and a sense of purpose

What daily rituals do you have that minimize the effects of menopause and stress? Please share what you do to relax or feel good about yourself below.

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