How Menopause Affects Your Mental Health

Menopause is a stage of the life cycle that can sometimes be as complex as it is exhausting. Knowing how it affects your mental health can help you deal with these frustrating changes. Menopause begins when a woman’s productive life ends, causing a progressive decrease in estrogen and progesterone. These significant hormonal changes can disrupt your life. The healthiest way to deal with menopause is having knowledge and support.

The compassionate doctors at Kennesaw Gynecology understand this transitional phase in a woman’s life. They are prepared to help you cope with these changes by giving you the strategies you need during an emotionally complex time.

Menopause and mental health

Approaching middle age can cause increased anxiety, stress, and fear. Unfortunately, there are still many taboos surrounding mental health, and that includes women going through menopause. This taboo prevents women from freely expressing their emotional wellbeing, causing additional stress while going through an already difficult time.

A woman going through menopause usually has a lot going on. You’re at the height of your career, you have a busy social life, and you may have a family you’re taking care of. You might be so busy that you aren’t even aware that menopause is affecting your mental health. 

When your estrogen levels decrease, your mood can follow. Your declining hormones can cause emotional distress, including:

If you feel any combination of these symptoms, you might be experiencing the first signs of menopause. The experts at Kennesaw Gynecology can help you rule out any other underlying causes to help you get to the root of these mental health issues.

Taking care of yourself before and during menopause

According to the MCH Center for Women’s Mental Health, age 51 is the average age women go through menopause. However, you may feel changes up to ten years before your final menstrual period. Over this time, you could be experiencing emotional and physical disruptions without even realizing what’s going on.

There are lots of lifestyle changes you can make now leading up to menopause to ensure the transition is less taxing on your mental health. Try eating healthy foods and exercising regularly. Studies show that a healthy diet and exercise routine can increase your happiness and lessen feelings of sadness. You can also take up meditation or yoga. Practicing mindfulness can create feelings of calmness and relaxation and help you deal with any anxiety that pops up.

Avoid alcohol or other substances that can numb your emotions. These are only temporary fixes and will make you feel worse in the long run. Stay social, join new clubs, and practice creativity as an outlet to ease depression. Make sure you’re getting enough sleep. Keeping the same sleep routine seven days a week can also reduce feelings of sadness.

You don’t have to deal with menopause and its effect on your mental health alone. We’re here to help whenever you’re ready to discuss diagnosis or treatment. Call us today to make an appointment or use our convenient online scheduling tool.

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