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Anxiety

Hi ladies,

Today I’m going to talk about Anxiety. This can effect a lot of women, but you might not know that it’s also a common ‘symptom’ associated with the menopause, or peri-menopause and because your hormonal profile is changing, a lot of you can suffer with all sorts of different feelings, both physical and emotional.

The peri-menopause stage is whilst you’re still having periods (however distant apart they are). You’re not seen to be in the menopause, or post-menopause (to be exact) until your periods have stopped for at least 12 months, although 18 is a safer bet, as some women have fallen pregnant thinking they were ‘safe’.

It’s important to keep up regular visits with your Doctor, just in case anything isn’t menopause related so that you can nip it in the bud. Because this stage can last for a few years, your hormones will be all over the place and it’s not easy for Doctors to definitely say (normally via a blood test) that things are due to the menopause.

I’m going to be covering a lot of the most common symptoms here, in this magazine, so you have an idea what to expect and aren’t so worried when, or if you experience any of them and the Doctor isn’t able to confirm that you’re peri-menopause.

Anxiety

You might start waking up with a feeling of overwhelm, of being tense and worried, or start having disturbed sleep, memory lapses and headaches, which can, for a lot of us, be totally out of character and can often be associated by some women as thinking they’re going completely mad!

Always go and see your Doctor for a quick check-up first, to be on the safe side, but suddenly getting anxiety could be down to a drop in your magnesium levels. Magnesium is found naturally in the body and is the 4th most abundant mineral (known as the ‘happy hormone’ – even though it isn’t one) and during the peri-menopause time, these levels can really drop.

Magnesium is vital to our daily life, heart and arteries and a lack of it can often be associated with, aches, pains, muscle spasms, poor sleep, eye twitching, fibromyalgia, poor memory, personality and mood changes. Which is why, the more you know about the possible symptoms of menopause (or peri-menopause), the better it is for you to do something about it if the Doctor can’t help you.

What should you avoid?

These are things that can interfere with your body being able to keep its magnesium at the right levels?

  • Stressful situations
  • Carbonated drinks
  • Refined sugars
  • Anything with Caffeine in it
  • Alcohol – which can also cause a Vitamin D deficiency and, like magnesium, is vital to your body.

What can help?

  • Relaxation techniques
  • Exercise
  • A healthy diet
  • Avoiding stressful situations
  • Magnesium Supplements and B6 (this aids absorption). Recommended dose is 375mg/day but if you get diarrhoea, cut back on the amount or cut the tablet in half. Look at the types of magnesium available to see which one would suit you better.
  • If you’re on ANY medication, check with your Doctor first before taking any supplements.
  • Having a good support mechanism around you

 

Please note

High anxiety or panic attacks aren’t a normal part of menopause so go and see your Doctor and if you’re prescribed anti-depressants and sedatives, these may have side effects, so you might have to try several types before finding what works for you.

See you next month

Shelley x

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