We all feel sad sometimes, it’s perfectly normal and to be honest, we can’t be happy all the time! But, when feeling down/sad starts to happen ALL the time, that’s when the warning bells should start to ring because, if you don’t do something about it, it’ll affect your overall health and wellness.
Things that can affect your mood could be…
- Hormonal changes – the Menopause starts changing our Estrogen levels and this effects the ‘mood’ chemicals in our brain
- Bad news
- Big changes like moving house or jobs
- Children leaving home (empty nest syndrome)
- Lack of sleep
- Emotionally sapping friends/family
- Unhealthy eating
But the good news is that there are things you can do to help like…
- A good amount of sleep – if you experience sleep problems, when you’re tired in the evening – go to bed (even if it’s early) and get some quality sleep until you wake – also putting lavender spray on your pillow has helped lots of ladies fall asleep more easily.
- Regular exercise (especially Aerobics) releases endorphins which help relieve stress, boosts energy, improves mood and helps lessen symptoms as well.
- Smoking can affect your mood! Maybe now is a good time to quit, see the difference it makes to your mood and your well-being.
- Relaxation techniques work really well for low mood and quality of sleep.
- Stress is a big contributor of low mood and can then often lead to depression. So getting rid of as much stress during your day is key. Say “Yes” to what you can do/has to be done and “NO” to the rest. There’s always tomorrow and the person always asking you will either happily ask someone else, or do it themselves!
- Healthy eating is key and helps just about every area of our Menopause, so the sooner you start to make it a lifestyle change, the sooner you’ll start to feel and look better – cut out ‘beige’ foods and start eating colourful foods.
- Talking to someone you trust really helps. They can maybe see something in what you’re saying that might be the cause, or, just hearing yourself talk can really help. Sometimes, what we think is a real ‘problem’ and is getting us down really isn’t as bad as we thought and talking it out can be just the thing you need.
- Staying in bed, hoping that it will all go away, doesn’t really work – it’s just you and your thoughts/feelings, and that’s not a good thing.
- Write your worries out – when on paper they’re a lot more ‘real’ and possibly you can change things about and do something about the situation? What would you advise your friend if talking to you about the same thing? Sometimes, that’s all it needs for you to put things into perspective and realise, YOU actually have a lot of the answers to change things.
- If it’s something that can’t be ‘solved’ then what ‘coping strategies’ can you develop to stay in control and not sink? Again, what would you advise your friend?
- If doing the above doesn’t help, then please, go to your Doctor.
This is a journey (especially during these uncertain times) and one we have to find all the ‘tools’ to help us cope, get back in control, be happy and get our life back on track.
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