Ever since menopause, I’ve been so anx­ious and on edge. Can you rec­om­mend any­thing to help?

First For Women - - Health -

I’m sorry to hear this, but take heart: Your strug­gles are not un­com­mon. The many changes hap­pen­ing at this stage of life—from hor­mone fluc­tu­a­tions to fa­mil­ial and pro­fes­sional tran­si­tions—tend to leave us feel­ing emo­tion­ally raw and re­ac­tive.

Many women I work with ex­pe­ri­ence re­lief sim­ply by ex­plor­ing their wor­ries, and re­searchers have found that jour­nal­ing ev­ery night for four weeks de­creases all-day lev­els of the stress hor­mone cor­ti­sol by 45%. To get the ben­e­fits, I of­ten rec­om­mend writ­ing in a judg­ment­free stream of con­scious­ness about what­ever is trou­bling you for at least 10 min­utes each day. Then af­ter a week, go back and read your en­tries. You’ll likely un­cover thought pat­terns that con­trib­ute to stress, and this new­found per­spec­tive— com­bined with lower cor­ti­sol lev­els—can ease your anx­i­ety.

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