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Looking After Your Emotional Health Through The Menopause

Menopause Advice, Mental Health, Stress, Wellbeing

28 Nov 2023

We shine a light on the emotional and psychological aspects of navigating menopause, offering guidance and support for nurturing mental well-being during this phase of life.

Understanding Emotional Changes 

A lot of people talk about hot flushes and night sweats that can affect women through the menopause. However, it isn't just about physical symptoms; it's a journey that can significantly impact mental health. Fluctuating hormone levels can contribute to mood swings, irritability, anxiety, and even depression for some women. 

Strategies for Emotional Wellness 

Open Communication: 

Discuss your feelings and experiences with trusted friends, family, or a healthcare professional. Talking about your emotions can provide relief and support. 


Stress Management: 

Adopt stress-reducing techniques such as deep breathing exercises, yoga, or meditation to alleviate anxiety and promote relaxation. 


Prioritise Self-care: 

Dedicate time for activities that bring you joy and relaxation. Whether it's reading, gardening, or simply taking a warm bath, self-care is essential for mental well-being. 


Remember, prioritising mental well-being isn't selfish; it's a vital aspect of overall health. Dedicate time for activities that bring you joy, relaxation, and comfort, especially during challenging periods. 


Seek Support: 

Joining support groups or seeking counselling can provide a safe space to share experiences and gain valuable insights from others navigating the same journey.


Managing Mood Swings 

Identify Triggers: 

Recognize factors that exacerbate mood swings and find ways to manage or avoid them. Keeping a journal might help identify patterns. 


Healthy Lifestyle Habits: 

Regular exercise, a balanced diet, and adequate sleep can positively impact mood and overall well-being. 


Therapeutic Support: 

If feelings of distress persist or interfere with daily life, seeking therapy or counselling can offer valuable tools and support to navigate challenging emotions. 


Healthcare Provider Consultation: 

Discuss any significant changes in mental health with a healthcare professional. They can provide guidance and explore potential treatment options if necessary. 

Hormone Replacement Therapy can help to stop the mood swings and help with to calm the rage and irritability. 

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy can also help. This involves talking to a trained therapist to help you deal with these symptoms. 

Recognising Depression and Seeking Help 

Persistent feelings of sadness, hopelessness, or loss of interest in activities you once enjoyed could signal depression. It's crucial to seek professional help if these feelings persist or interfere with daily life. 


Navigating the emotional roller coaster of menopause can be challenging, but by acknowledging and addressing these changes, women can take proactive steps toward maintaining positive mental health. 


It may well involve using HRT or CBT or even a combination of both. 

Get in Touch

If you would like a personal Wellwoman Check, or are suffering from any of the symptoms of the menopause and would like to learn more, please head to our contact page to book an appointment. 

You'll be so glad you did!

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