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