Feeling antsy or fretful? Hormone changes during menopause and the side effects you might be experiencing can cause irritability, mood swings, anxiety and depression. In fact, 70% of menopausal women cited irritability as their most common symptom (Healthline 2018). We’ve rounded up some top tips to help you manage it naturally.
Having a good support network will help you manage your irritability and other menopausal symptoms. Nurture your relationships with friends and family and talk about your feelings if you’re feeling overwhelmed. There are also many online groups and forums you can join such as Peanut and Menopause Matters.
Find a calming technique that could help ease some of the irritability you’re feeling. Sign up for weekly yoga or meditation class – you’ll learn a new skill as well as getting the chance to meet new people. If you’re short on time there are plenty of mindfulness apps with guided sessions such as Headspace and Calm. Even a relaxing bath or another of your favourite self-care routines will give you time away from day-to-day stresses.
Good diet and exercise
A healthy lifestyle with a good diet and regular exercise helps with most menopausal symptoms. To give your diet a boost, add a portion of leafy greens to your dinner and an extra portion of fruit to your breakfast. If you struggle to exercise regularly try adding a daily walk to your routine. You’ll find the fresh air and change of scene will invigorate you.