How to Maintain Emotional Wellness in Menopause

How emotionally well do you feel in menopause?

I don’t have to tell you, that if you have less stress in your life, you are apt to be happier.  Your emotional wellness plays a key role in physical health. This is because the body and the brain are connected. Stress can take a toll on physical health, and physical challenges can bring new stress into our lives.

Transitioning into menopause can be a very turbulent time for many women. There are rapid changes in hormone levels as well as symptoms that can lead to depression and anxiety, one of the biggest of which is a decrease in libido and vaginal dryness that can interfere with sexual desire and cause stress to relationships.

Some of the other reasons a woman may experience emotional symptoms such as depression and anxiety include all of the life changes that also happen around this time in her life, such as children leaving home, a job change, the death of a parent, spouse or sibling, possible divorce as well as worries about getting older.

Depression and anxiety can cause many physical symptoms as well as the emotional symptoms they bring. Some of the physical symptoms include unexplained aches and pains, headaches, stomach aches, hyperventilation, sweating and muscle tension. All of these physical symptoms can amplify the symptoms of menopause.

In order to help ease some of the physical symptoms, such as hot flashes, insomnia, night sweats and irritability it is important to ensure optimal emotional health.

Changes to diet, as well as exercise, yoga, and breathing exercises, talk therapy and emotional support can help to relieve some of the emotional symptoms that you may be experiencing as you go through menopause.

Think about this, what makes any event in your life significant, the event itself or your attitude and reaction to it? 

While the transition into menopause can be inherently difficult for some women, there are also many women who experience a newfound sense of freedom and personal growth with the transition into menopause.

Your attitude as you embark on this journey has a tremendous impact on how you experiences it.  Studies have shown that negative beliefs before menopause can predict a more difficult time with the transition.  Recently, studies have found that turning negative attitudes and thoughts towards positive ones can actually help reduce symptoms and of course, it can greatly improve your quality of life and piece of mind.

There are many ways that the thought process can be impacted. Negativity may not affect health as much as the actual absence of positivity, including your thoughts and attitudes towards any type of situation. This means that positive thoughts need to be cultivated.

One way to do this is to keep an appreciation journal. Writing down three things you are grateful for on a daily basis can help you feel more positive in general.

Laughter can help you move into a more positive mindset. It can help you to cope better with stress and can be a great help to you in menopause.

Social support is also an important key in helping to you cope with the stress that menopause and other midlife changes can bring.  Don’t isolate yourself.

Devote time to making yourself a priority for even fifteen minutes a day, as this can help make a dramatic change in how you feel about yourself.  Take time to relax and pamper yourself every day.  This helps promote muscle relaxation, creativity, and concentration. It also can quite the mind, and body.  A positive result of this can be fewer hot flashes, night sweats, and insomnia.

Being mindful is also a great way to encourage positive thinking. Being mindful means that you are aware and present in each moment of your life, instead of worrying about the future or dwelling on the past.  Start to integrate these methods more into your life and see if your emotional wellness in menopause improves.

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