Menopause Treatment for Anxiety

by Laura Ramirez on August 28, 2011

Menopause treatment for anxiety: many women are not aware that anxiety is one of the symptoms of menopause. Instead, they may attribute a racing heart, panic attacks, sudden chills or body flushes to age, heart problems and their decreasing ability to handle undesirable events after a lifetime of dealing with chronic stress. If you’re like me, you would prefer to have peace and serenity, rather than the seeming line of continual challenges and curve balls that are thrown your way.

Another reason that mature women tend to dismiss their sense of anxiety is because they are constantly barraged by the media, with its focus on doom and gloom, murders and child kidnappings. The predictions of the catastrophes that are supposed to happen in 2012 don’t help this situation, but remember that throughout time, there have always been predictions about the end of the world, so this is really nothing new.ᅠ

If anxiety is a symptom of menopause, then this means there must be a way to treat it. And, of course, there is. As with treating any symptom, there are actions to take and things to avoid. First let’s talk about what to avoid.ᅠ

Stay away from negative people whose dire predictions of the future stress you out unneccesarily. We all have negative people in our lives. If the person in your life is a good friend, help this person become aware of what they do and invite them to adopt a new perspective. If they can’t or won’t, then for the benefit of your own psychological health, you may choose to see them less often or not at all.

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Menopause treatment for anxiety: extra calcium and calming exercise.

Don’t watch the news 24/7. Turn off those murder mystery shows. Stop watching Nancy Grace and shows that focus on all the horrible things that have happened recently to women and children. Although it’s important to stay informed about what’s happening in the world, it is not necessary to be barraged constantly with gruesome details about the inhumanity of certain people in the world.

Here’s what one journalist has to say about menopause and anxiety:

Anxiety is another common sign of menopause. It often presents as panic attacks, during which your heart may pound or race, your breathing may become rapid or difficult, and you may experience chest pain. You may also be shaky, have chills or feel very warm. These symptoms are accompanied by an unexplainable feeling that something is very wrong. Other symptoms of anxiety include excessive worrying, unreasonable fears, being restless or twitchy, nervousness and depression. Concerns about health problems such as calcium deficiency can make anxiety worse.

When you don’t consume enough calcium, you develop a dietary calcium deficiency. If you aren’t getting enough calcium to maintain your heart, nerves, and muscles properly, your body begins to take it from your bones. Unfortunately, signs of calcium deficiency aren’t usually present until you’ve been deficient for a long time and have already developed osteoporosis, or thinning of the bones and loss of bone density. Symptoms include bone pain and tenderness, pain in the back and neck, loss of height and stooped posture. If you have osteoporosis due to a calcium deficiency, your bones may fracture very easily.

So what can you do? Take a good calcium supplement with vitamin D because this is essential for the health of your heart, nerves and muscles. It’s also helpful in preventing osteoporosis and other age-related diseases. Getting enough calcium and vitamin D through supplementation and diet (eat milk products like yogurt, and lots of leafy greens) will calm a tendency toward anxiety and panic attacks.

Another important thing to do is to participate in regular, calming exercise that centers you in the present moment and grounds you in an awareness of your body. The best exercise for this is yoga. It’s a great exercise in particular for mature women because it will keep you limber, strong and relaxed.

Have you tried a particular menopause treatment for anxiety? If so and you’ve found it to be effective, please share what you’ve learned with other women by leaving your comments below.

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