To disseminate awareness about menopause and help women stop dreading that inevitable phase and become mentally, spiritually and physically strong enough to navigate through it, National Menopause Awareness Month is observed in September.
A woman reaches her menopausal stage when she does not menstruate at a stretch for 12 months and when menopause sets in, the female body drastically decreases the production of hormones estrogen and progesterone and all this can affect the mental health of a woman.
Every woman’s body reacts differently to menopause. While some may not feel any discomfort, others may have to undergo a plethora of uncomfortable symptoms such as:
- extremely irregular periods with scanty or massive blood loss
- experiencing hot flashes even when the surroundings are cold
- one might start experiencing excessive night sweats, which might disturb one’s sleeping pattern and cause stress and anxiety
- intercourse could get excruciatingly painful
- wear and tear of bones
- Display of erratic mood swings, leading to anxiety and depression
- physical changes like hair thinning, drier skin, weight gain, stiff joints, etc.
Menopausal women are at higher risk of developing certain health conditions which are likely due to the impact of hormonal disturbances in their bodies and also because they are aging. Since menopause is inevitable, one can prepare well in advance to deal with it in such a way that one’s quality of life is not affected. Women should read the symptoms related to their mental health during this time and should not shy away from discussing it and talking to an expert.
Listed below are some of the lifestyle changes which if adopted can greatly alleviate menopause-related agonies.
- Menopausal women should immediately stop smoking and for good. Smoking exacerbates the problem of night sweats and predisposes a woman to a much higher risk of developing heart disorders and stroke.
- It is critical that menopausal women indulge in some form of physical exercise, which helps in weight reduction, and at the same time expand the thermoregulatory part of the brain leading to less forgiving body temperature fluctuations. All this can keep her stress-free and relaxed.
- Regardless of how busy a menopausal woman is, it is imperative that she devotes some time to her self-care every single day, such as joining a reading club or a hobby class, avoiding junk food and eating nutritious meals, dry fruits, supplements, spending some time on her hair and skin care, calling up friends, etc., as this can make her feel very invigorating and she will not have any time to feel idle, wasted and hence, depressed.
Road to recovery
It is important to understand that menopause is not a disease, but just a regular part of someone’s life. During that vulnerable and painful phase, people need to understand the requirements of women and support them so that they can stay away from anxiety, depression and mood swings.
For some women, menopause is a dreaded phase which brings along with it a tsunami of emotional upheavals and distress when no amount of self-help or support extended by their loved ones can help. In such cases, it is imperative to seek professional support so that a woman can navigate through this phase calmly.
If you or your loved one is suffering from any form of mental illness, connect with the Florida Mental Health Helpline to know about the most appropriate mental disorder treatment in Florida. Call at our 24/7 helpline number 866-846-5588 or chat online to locate the best rehab centers in Florida offering therapeutic interventions.