Anxiety is very common among women going through the menopause transition. Progesterone is naturally calming, and as levels of progesterone drop, we lose that protection. Additionally, your fight-or-flight response (cortisol) can get ramped up, making anxiety worse. Some women even experience panic attacks returning or for the first time. For those who prefer the natural route, try ashwagandha, magnesium (supplements or from food), or foot massages with sesame oil. Meditation and mindfulness can help those with milder symptoms. If you like tech, an app like Personal Zen might work well for you. Most importantly, know that this is likely caused by hormone changes and will pass as your body adapts.
If you need some support and guidance, our HealthFix membership also allows you to work one on one with a menopause coach to discover lifestyle changes to reduce stress and anxiety.