The emotional stress of menopause takes its toll but it is possible to mitigate the fall out.
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by Jess Lacey
27.08.21 (Updated 15.09.22)
As the most widely endured of menopausal symptoms
, the words ‘menopause’ and ‘mood swings’ go firmly hand in hand. Hormonal mood swings present as heightened emotion; whether that be frustration, stress, low mood, happiness or numbness. It's this unprecedented overreaction and fluctuation in emotions that feels so alien to many women.
But smart, focused, forceful women suddenly being reduced to puddles of emotion isn’t something we should be accepting of. If you’ve ever described yourself as feeling erratic, or uncharacteristically stressed, you’ll know just how disorientating menopause can be.
So why does menopause evoke such a strong stress response?
The reduction of progesterone during menopause disrupts sleep and causes physical discomfort such as hot flushes
and aches, which are enough to make anyone cranky. Descending oestrogen also brings serotonin levels down, so we’re chemically less able to be happy and outgoing. But is there such a thing as a smooth, happy, harmonious menopause?
“Yes, absolutely there is,” says Functional Medicine Nutritionist, Dana James. “Perimenopause should be a smooth transition into menopause, not an upheaval or phase of complete disorientation. The key is to get your body to listen more effectively.”
This starts with rewriting the negative dialogue around hormones and stopping being such hormone haters. After all, hormones are the heroes here, not the villains. An integral part of our ancient biology, hormones are the chemical messengers that make up our entire internal hardwiring. It’s their complex interplay that keep our organs functioning and our bodies developing. Just as menstruation and conception, perimenopause and menopause are essential stages in our reproductive life and all engineered by hormones. Mood swings, night sweats, joint aches, fatigue and sudden stress explosions are all negative side-effects of hormones functioning exactly how they’re designed to.
Hormone hacks to make use of your menopausal mood swings
When your oestrogen levels are stable and you feel positive.
This is your window to be an effective communicator and inspire others. Oestrogen makes us sociable and able to connect with others. It’s also when you’re at your most creative, so this is when you should trust in your ideas, make decisions and form future plans.
When your oestrogen levels are low and you feel wiped out.
This is Mother Nature pressing the pause button, so go with it. Use this time to seek solitude, take stock and be introspective. Make lists, create calmness, stretch your body instead of working out, maximise on nutrition and nourish yourself emotionally.
When your mood is low and you’re in a funk.
It’s not necessarily a bad thing. When you’re feeling less accommodating, you let go of all those people-pleasing impulses, your filters drop, barriers come down and you end up speaking your mind. This is the time to have calm, honest conversations about what you need from others - you might just find you get what you really want.
Natural remedies for menopausal mood swings
might be the right route for you and if it feels good, go with it but there are many women who it’s not right for. “A woman who responded really well to the contraceptive pill, might be a great respondent to HRT but there’s a huge subset of women where they're not going to be great responders,” explains Dana James. In which case, time to try the numerous natural remedies for menopause mood swings.
1. Acupuncture to alleviate menopause symptoms.
The British Medical Journal now reports that regular acupuncture treatment is a viable alternative to HRT and has been proven to reduce common menopause symptoms such as hot flushes, night sweats, stress, low moods
and joint pain.
2. The super supplement for a gentle menopause.
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3. Breathe your way through menopausal mood swings.
Feeling the effects of mounting menopause stress? Focused breath work
has been proven to reduce hot flushes and dissipate anxiety. Alternate nostril breathing, deep diaphragmatic breathing and paced breathing techniques with breath holding, practiced morning and evening, reduce central sympathetic activity and create a relaxation response within the body.
See the good things about menopause, even the mood swings
There is a beautiful confidence in ageing
; this is your time to create new things and a truly joyful time of life, understand the chemical changes that are going on, accept them and don't add any additional stress to your load. Menopause is a wholly natural journey and there’ll certainly be some bumps in the road but it can also become an important time of discovering and recalibration.
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