Perimenopause and menopause mood swings don’t have to rule life! Perimenopause seems to arrive at the worst time and menopause seems to wreak havoc just about the time when the kids are leaving home, your thinking of retiring or maybe you are retired and as other major life-changing events occur. No wonder you feel as though you’re going to lose it and your emotions are out of control, you’re weepy, can’t sleep and are anxious.
Here is a story of a woman’s struggle thru perimenopause and menopause and how she overcame the battle.
Stephanie began going through perimenopause at a fairly young age of 40. She began to notice that she had become quite anxious, had no patience, was moody, couldn’t sleep and just didn’t like life. She began to encounter new family struggles as she rollercoastered through everyday life. Her family began to think that she had lost it and surely wasn’t the same person they once knew. There were times that the simplest things would make her fly off the handle into a fit of rage. What she didn’t know was that she was experiencing one of the most common symptoms of menopause, mood swings. Her marriage was now in trouble and she soon divorced leaving her with greater responsibilities. Along with her care giving responsibilities for several family members, her new role as a single mother began to take toll on her. Stephanie was now depressed and her mood swings were spiraling out of control. She did however know that she needed to quickly evaluate her life, figure out what was truly going on and come up with a solution or solutions in order to function and regain control of her life.
Upon searching, Stephanie’s first step was to see her physician. After visiting her general internist, he suggested that she follow-up with her gynecologist as it may be the beginning of perimenopause that she was suffering from. Confirmed!!!! Indeed it was the beginning of and soon to be the end of her struggle.
Stephanie began to make immediate changes. It was clear to her that a happier home and life was a happy Steph. She learned that it was okay for her to put herself first. As she began her journey, Stephanie knew that she was no longer happy with her appearance. Hormonal fluctuations had begun to redistribute her weight, her muscle tone was diminishing, her diet was down right out horrible and her mood swings intolerable. With this she joined a gym, changed her diet and consistently incorporates this new life style into her everyday routine. As little as 30 minutes per day of exercise 3-4 times a week and eating right boosted her serotonin levels and kept her upbeat and energized.
Stephanie also found alternative natural therapies to be helpful in warding off mood swings. Here are a few:
*natural sunlight (a 20 minute walk can lighten your mood)
*herbal remedies such as black cohosh and evening primrose oil
*chatting with other women about menopause symptoms
*joining a menopause support group or forum or just being in a circle of friends who can make you laugh. Laughter is one of the most effective mood improvers ever
Although Stephanie’s journey through perimenopause and menopause was far from easy, her menopause symptom of mood swings began to subside, she quickly noticed the changes in her sleep habits, anxiety, patience and happiness in general. Continued concentration on her overall health has made her transition more comfortable and simpler along with a happy family life. She is now able to juggle her responsibilities as mother, caregiver, working mom along with all the other chores that fall under the umbrella of mother with ease.
Until next time, Be empowered, Stay motivated, Be connected … AnnaMaria
About the author: AnnaMaria is a 49 year old single mother of two. She has had the privilege of assisting many perimenopausal, menopausal and post menopausal woman transform their lives not only physically but emotionally. It is with compassion and understanding as she journeys through the phase of menopause to share her experiences and knowledge with all women. Her goal is to empower women to know that age doesn’t matter, to know that they deserve to look and feel their best and to help solve the menopause puzzle.
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