One of the emotional side effects to menopause is dealing with stress. It not only can make your stress worse due to the other side effects, but it can be hard to find relief for your stress. This endless cycle can be stopped with the following natural remedies.
Be Honest With People
It is possible that a lot of your stress comes from simply trying to get too much done during the day. If you feel like you are always being asked to host parties, run errands, and do favors for people, it might be time to learn how to say no. This can be really hard to do, but your stress can affect nearly every aspect of your life, including making menopausal symptoms worse, so it is important. Just be honest with people if they ask you to help out with something you simply don’t have time for right now.
Reduce Your Caffeine and Alcohol Intake
Both caffeine and alcohol can trigger stress, as they are both stimulants. These types of stimulants might give you a short-term boost in your mood, but then when it wears off, you feel even worse than you did before. Not only are they bad for your stress and can actually make it worse, but they are also depressants. Caffeine has also been shown to have a negative effect on the stress hormone cortisol, which is only going to make your stress worse. Plus, alcohol tends to affect the normal REM sleeping cycle. Try to switch to other beverages and activities that you can enjoy.
Improve Your Sleep
If you are dealing with high stress levels while going through menopause, then you should really start focusing on getting better sleep. Insomnia is unfortunately a common side effect during menopause, so take your time and figure out what works best for you. This might be taking a relaxing bath with lavender essential oils, drinking a cup of herbal tea before bed, or doing your workout at night so that it can make you tired enough for adequate sleep before bed.
Do Something Good For Yourself
Many women find themselves overwhelmed with personal and work responsibilities, and rarely have time for themselves. If this sounds like you, then it is time to pamper yourself more. Schedule out time for yourself to get your hair done, get a manicure, go to lunch, or go for a walk on the beach.