Mental Wellbeing and Coping with Anxiety & Mood swings | Tips, resources and expert advice
During the menopause, you might find that your emotions are all over the place. In fact, did you know that a quarter of women going through the menopause experience mood swings?
You might experience huge emotional highs and lows, including: feelings of sadness and depression; melancholy; aggressiveness; anger or feelings of rage; sadness and emotional crying or uncontrollable crying; lack of motivation; irritability and a tendency to be snappy with others; anxiety and nervousness.
In this post, we shed some light on emotional instability during the menopause and share helpful resources, expert advice and tips to help you cope.
A MESSAGE FROM DIANE, OUR RESIDENT MENOPAUSE NURSE
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ABOUT MOOD SWINGS
Mood swings are caused by changing hormone levels. When you start the menopause, oestrogen levels begin to decline and fluctuate. Your body also produces less progesterone. Both of these hormones influence the production of a neurotransmitter called serotonin. Serotonin regulates your mood. When hormone levels change, so do levels of serotonin, making your emotions less predictable and more extreme.
The main thing to remember throughout the menopause is that mood swings are completely normal. Your feelings might be unpredictable and intense, but they are temporary.
TALK TO A HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL
"Increased anxiety in trying to do every day tasks, confidence being affected; unable to deal with situations or face people as you used to...or 1 minute you feel so angry with everyone the next you want to sit in a room and cry? If you feel lower than normal, please do not let this control you, get support and seek help. If you have any issues relating to menopause, please write to me."
Diane is a Nurse Practitioner and the Founder of Bourne2Care, having been nursing for over 30 years all over the world. She is committed to raising menopause awareness and teaching people how the menopause can impact everyday life. You can ask Diane a question here.
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