Anxiety is a common sign of menopause and is a feeling of being continually worried or tense.
When is anxiety more than just worry?
Anxiety is a constant sense of worry over normal everyday events that are out of proportion to the degree of concern they merit.
It’s a difficult feeling to shake off, leaving you feeling irritable and constantly on edge.
For some, it can lead to sleeplessness and other signs of peri/menopause such as headaches and memory lapses.
The link between anxiety and menopause
Often women suffer from anxiety earlier than the onset of other signs of peri/menopause such as hot flushes, so they don’t associate it with hormonal shifts.
When female hormones start to fluctuate in the early stages of perimenopause, estrogen levels begin to decline.
Estrogen plays an important part in managing the chemical activities in our brain.
When there are optimum levels of estrogen in the body you feel great, but when they are low your mood can plummet and anxiety can set in.