Menopause and Your Mental Health

From plays to movies, songs to sitcoms, popular culture has made the symptoms of menopause well-known and even comedic. But when you’re going through this stage of life, it’s anything but laughable. The physical changes are difficult enough to handle, but what many people don’t realize is that menopause takes a toll on women mentally and emotionally as well. 

Our team at Genesis Family Healthcare includes a full staff of physician’s assistants, physical therapists, a licensed psychiatrist, a massage therapist, and a personal trainer—all ready to care for your multiple menopause symptoms. Whether you could benefit from hormone therapy, psychiatric counseling, or just a good massage session, we’re here to help relieve your menopause-related discomfort, depression, and anxiety. 

Signs of menopause-related mental health issues

Some women breeze through menopause with just a few hot flashes and a couple of pajama-soaked nights, but many others get hit with physical and mental changes. Sometimes, those mental and emotional symptoms are tied to the bodily changes going on and sometimes they crop up even in the absence of physical signs. Either way, they’re real and they’re treatable. 

Here are a few of the signs you might be suffering from menopause-related mental health issues. 

If any of these describe you as you journey through menopause, come talk to us at Genesis Family Healthcare. You don’t have to suffer through it. 

Taking care of your mental health during menopause

Some of your symptoms may need our expert attention, but there are many things you can do for yourself that will help relieve some of your discomforts. 

Check your stress

Too much stress is bad for everyone, but it’s especially damaging while you’re going through menopause. Do what you can to control your stress by practicing breathing exercises, praying, meditating, doing yoga, or whatever calms you.

Get moving

Exercise does wonders when it comes to relieving stress and anxiety. It can also boost your mood when you start noticing signs of depression coming on. When you’re physically active, your body produces endorphins, hormones that counteract pain and stress. Exercise also increases your levels of serotonin, which gives you an overall sense of well-being and helps you sleep better. 

Back off the booze

Alcohol may take the edge off a stressful day, but it’s also a powerful depressant. If you’re experiencing any type of depressive disorder during menopause, alcohol will make it worse and make it last longer. 

Menopause causes many changes in your life, but it should never rob you of your health—mental or physical. If you’re going through a difficult emotional time during menopause, call us. We can identify the root of your symptoms and help you manage them so that menopause becomes a peaceful transition. 

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