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Coping with menopausal mood changes




As women were constantly battling some form of hormonal mood change. When we're in puberty we're full of anger about all sorts of things, as adults, we're dealing with PMS and then in our menopause we're up and down with all sorts of stress. However, this time of our life needn't be the hardest. As grown women we can take control at this stage and utilise various tools and supplements to enhance our life and reduce the mood changes.


Menopause is a natural and inevitable phase in a woman's life, signaling the end of the reproductive years. While it brings physical changes, the emotional aspects of menopause are equally significant. Mood swings, anxiety, and depression can become unwelcome companions during this transitional period.


With our oestrogen and progesterone levels fluctuating it can leave an effect on mood, emotions and well-being. These common symptoms may be mood swings, irritability, anxiety and in some cases depression.


HRT

Our first choice for helping control our hormones is HRT. Aly can help you find the best combination that suits you, your medical needs and your symptoms. HRT is fantastic at keeping the balance right and boosting your body's needs.


Regular exercise

We know, you hear this far more than you'd like but the benefits of even a brisk walk, yoga or dancing can be profound. Endorphins are nature's way to boost our mood, energy and happiness so we urge you to find what works for you. It does not mean you have to hit the gym immediately.


Healthy choices with a balance

When you are able to manage your menopause you'll learn to find the best balance for your body. You may find that alcohol hits you harder than it used to so finding your limits may be a new change but it doesn't mean you have to cut out your favourite treats. By eating well, a good variety and adding meals that excite you into your diet, means you'll benefit mentally.


Openly talking

Feeling anxious, depressed or low can be a very lonely experience. It's hard to admit why you may feel low and often with the menopause, you probably can't pin point the one thing that's made you feel down so it snowballs. By talking to your friends, family and healthcare professionals, you may find that you're just suffering with the side effects of the menopause and a few lifestyle changes may help your mood. It is always important to share feelings and concerns because it helps us realise that we're not the only one feeling that way.


If you'd like to discuss how you're feeling with your menopause, drop Aly a line or book an appointment.

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