Difficulty concentrating

During menopause many women are concerned to find they have trouble remembering things, experience mental blocks or have difficulty concentrating.

What are the signs of difficulty concentrating during menopause?

While the symptom of difficulty concentrating is extremely common, it can also be subtle.

It is a menopause symptom that can creep in to every aspect of a woman’s day to day life.

The signs to look for are lost train of thought, disorientation or feeling confused, fuzzy thinking, forgetfulness, inability to concentrate for long periods of time, inability to focus on both complex and unusual as well as every day tasks.

These can be scary and have you worrying that you are going senile or developing Alzheimer’s disease. However, while it is an inevitable sign of aging, it is also a common symptom of menopause.

What are the causes of difficulty concentrating?

During menopause fatigue and stress can be major contributors.

Fatigue, resulting from hormonal imbalance, night sweats, sleeplessness, anxiety and stress is a common symptom of menopause. It makes it difficult to function both physically and mentally, thus impairing concentration.

Stress can result from hormonal shifts during menopause that lead to a decrease in neurotransmitters that inspire calm, such as endorphins, and an increase in hormones that deal with stress response, such as cortisol. The resulting increase in feelings of anxiety and worry can interfere with your ability to concentrate.

There are other causes, not necessarily related to menopause, to look out for.

Distractions provided by this fast paced world, such as social media, mean that many people are not in the moment. This will cause difficulty concentrating on mundane tasks, as well as impacting many other areas in our lives.

Boredom created by an extremely repetitive routine can cause “burnout”, of which difficulty concentrating is a classic symptom.

Nutritional deficiencies, especially of omega-3 fatty acids and B vitamins which can provide mental clarity, can also play a part.

Although it can be frustrating, difficulty concentrating is common, and is likely to come to and end as your other menopause symptoms cease. Until it does, its important to be aware of the causes and find your own relaxation techniques or ways to change up your routine.