Anxiety and menopause can go hand and hand when you are 50ish. Our hormones are running havoc in our bodies during this stage of our lives and unfortunately, anxiety can also increase.
As if as a woman at this age doesn’t go through enough, right?
If it helps, according to the article by Sheryl Kraft at healthywoman.org, the symptoms of anxiety will often lessen once menopause has passed
In the meantime, if you are experiencing menopausal anxiety try these 10 practical ways to reduce your anxiety.
Reduce or eliminate caffeine.
As you know caffeine is a stimulant and can increase the irritation one already experiences with menopause. It’ll put you in that fight or flight mode and can make you jittery. Avoiding caffeine can help you to stay calmer.
Walking is good stress and anxiety reliever. It gets the heart pumping and deepens your breathing which will release pent up anxiety. If you’re a runner this will also help to lessen the anxiety symptom.
Eat healthy food.
Healthy types of food will boost your vitamins and minerals that your body needs. Be sure to eat healthy versions of foods high in omegas 3 like salmon. Also, I found that healthy fats like avocado, olives and coconut oil helped my anxiety.
This is a practice that will ease your cluttered mind and let you focus on what is important. It will slow down your heart rate and calm your nerves
Reduce sugar intake
For some reason when I have anxiety the first thing I reach for is something sugary. But this is the worst thing you can do. Buffering with sugar instead of something healthy will wear down your defenses and make you tired.
Get enough sleep.
When anxiety hits it seems like all we want to do is sleep but a lot of times we can’t quiet the mind to get the much-needed rest. By making sure that you are always getting the required amount of sleep that your body needs, will help your mind to run efficiently and help you to make better choices.
Check-in with yourself
It’s natural to try and buffer our anxiety. We try to eat it away, drink it away, or surf the net to avoid it. These activities will only increase anxiety because we aren’t dealing with it. So ask yourself what thoughts are making you feel this anxiety and then what healthy actions you can take to lessen it. Sometimes you will need to just sit in it a bit to let the vibration pass.
Journal about it.
This is a morning ritual for me. I’ve written about this several times. I ask what triggered this feeling of anxiety and why? Dig deep and write it all out on paper. Get it out of your mind. Journaling can be so therapeutic for all your feelings and thoughts, yet so many resist it.
When you’re depressed and have anxiety, it can be so hard to be positive. But fake it if you need to. Say things to yourself with meaning like, I am so gorgeous. You may not believe it at first but if you keep talking like that your mind will catch up to your words.
Dance it out.
Silly huh? But it’s true. Put on some upbeat music or your favorite song and sing it out at the top of your lungs and dance. Make the kind of moves that make you laugh and smile.
Give these suggestions a try and if the anxiety goes much deeper than what these tips can heal than by all means please see a doctor and get professional help. But these suggestions can help those that need just a little bit of help to heal their menopausal anxiety.
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