|Managing Stress at Menopause Before It Manages You!|
|Thursday, 30 November 2006 12:31|
Do you feel like menopause is causing you to be frustrated, overwhelmed, nervous, sad, anxious, panicky, shaky or crazy? Do you feel like pulling your hair out and can’t even deal with the slightest amount of stress? Before your emotional rollercoaster ride becomes out of control, take a few deep breaths and read this section to gain a little perspective.
You're not going crazy. The physiological, psychological and social changes that may be experienced at menopause are extremely stressful.
0.1. Types of Stress
There may be many other changes going on in your life besides the hormonal ones. The life you have worked so hard at achieving is now changing. The kids are growing up. They may be going off to college or leaving home. You may be thinking about retirement or changing careers. Your husband is going through a midlife crisis. Divorce rates are rising. Any combination of these factors can contribute to your stress.
Stress is simply the body's reaction to a challenge or threat. It is a term that is used to describe hundreds of problems in our lives. The term represents problems or conflicts that are painful or troubling to us. The causes of stress can be short-term or long-term and can arise for a variety of reasons. Everyone has stress but there are ways to prevent or subside it.
Unfortunately, stress can contribute to many health problems. For some people, it can cause cardiovascular disease, increase blood pressure, increase cholesterol and other cardiac risk factors.
When you feel stressed, your body is flooded with chemicals called "stress hormones" such as adrenaline or epinephrine that may cause your heart to start beating faster; muscles become tense; and breathing becomes rapid.
There may also be an increase in perspiration. Another hormone called cortisol is also increased as a normal coping mechanism by your body to respond to stress. Over an extended period of stress, these stress hormones that are initially protective, can become detrimental, wearing out your body, mind and spirit.
There are different coping strategies which may help restore a sense of well-being and reduce stress, but the main source of our problems may linger. Many times, comprehending the root of stress requires a certain amount of self-awareness and self-empowerment in order to prevent them from constantly reoccurring.
0.2. Coping with Stress
Develop a Stress Reduction Plan
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