Stress is the evil demon that robs us of our sleep and keeps us hanging on the edge of insanity. Stress is sadly often dismissed and ignored, or even just accepted as a normal part of life. However stress becomes dangerous to our health when it becomes constant.
A lot of women do not realise the role of stress in menopause; that relentless stress can actually make your menopausal symptoms even more intense.
When a woman goes through menopause, the ovaries start reducing their production of oestrogen and progesterone. The adrenal glands that regulate the release of these hormones, are the same glands that regulate the stress hormone, cortisol. Women nearing menopause are more prone to stress, because their adrenal glands are working overtime to try and make up for the lower levels of oestrogen and progesterone. Add in the stresses that everyday life can bring on top of menopause and it can become an unbearable time for many women.
Stress is so common and can come in the form of family related stress, financial, health, employment or relationship induced stress. Women are often working themselves into the ground and trying to balance twenty things at once which, is why stress is often ignored or pushed to the side, but it’s important that as women going through the menopause, we stop and listen to what our bodies are telling us and try to manage our stress better.
How Does Stress Affect LaBalance?
Normal levels of stress that come and go, are often unavoidable and LaBalance has been found to help improve moods and increase energy alongside helping with many other menopause symptoms. However high levels of constant stress have been found to override the rebalancing effects of LaBalance, so its always advisable to try and reduce your levels of stress, to stop this from happening. The alternative is to consider LaBalance, which is 40% stronger and designed especially for women who suffer with higher levels of stress.
Here are some tips for reducing stress:
Meditate – Sit down on the floor and relax your mind, think about the positivity in your life and breathe deeply in and out. Meditation has been proven to reduce anxiety and stress in many cases.
Talk to Someone – Get in touch with a close friend or family member and share your problems with a person you trust. Often having someone to listen and advise is much more helpful than you might think.
Try Yoga – The deep breathing coupled with various yoga positions can be very relaxing and de-stressing. Any form of exercise is also a good option for fighting depression.
Focus on You – Make some time to do something you enjoy every day, no matter what kind of day it is, always make some you-time. Go for walk, read your favourite book, take a trip to the cinema… whatever you enjoy doing.
Remember to look out for the signs of stress, so you can deal with it before it becomes a bigger problem. If you find yourself having ‘brain fog’, feeling dizzy, relying on caffeine or craving sweet and salty foods, these can all be signs of too much stress.