The role of Menopause in emotional difficulties is complex. Some women are very sensitive to the ups and downs of their female hormones, as is obvious in those plagued with PMS.  Peri-menopause, when periods are getting irregular, is the time when most women suffer from the moodiness often associated with the menopause transition.  This can add to other symptoms being experienced during this transition to a new season.

Once women have stopped having periods, they usually feel more even.  I can remember thinking how out of control my moods were and yet having no control over the feelings.  It can be a confusing time.   However, hormones aren’t the only potential cause of moodiness. Some women sleep very poorly before and after menopause. Others have difficulties in their personal lives, and this can cause emotional stress. Some women have depression, and recent studies have found that peri-menopause can trigger depression in vulnerable women.  Exercise is one nonmedical intervention that has been proven to help with moodiness.  Just walking daily can help!

If sleep is an issue, try using a natural sleeping aid such as essential oils or melatonin. The melatonin needs to be pure, watch what you buy because some contain a decongestant.  Do you think depression is a possibility? Symptoms can include lack of sleep, sleeping all the time, weight gain, weight loss and not taking pleasure in things you used to enjoy. If this sounds like it might apply to you, find a holistic health coach or alternative therapist who can talk with you.  You are not alone.