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Anxiety is a prevalent issue among women experiencing peri-menopause and menopause.

Particularly, women in the 45 to 55 age range, who are in the workforce, often report higher levels of stress, depression, and anxiety compared to other groups. Hormonal changes during this phase can affect neurotransmitters in the brain, and the decline in oestrogen is responsible for various menopausal symptoms, including fatigue, low mood, and joint pain. Disturbed sleep is also common, and prolonged sleep deprivation can contribute to increased anxiety and mood swings.

Understanding the Impact of Stress and Hormones

Our bodies naturally produce cortisol, known as the stress hormone, to enhance our senses and reflexes during fight-or-flight situations. However, our systems are designed to handle stress in short bursts, not the continuous pressures of modern life. Many of us experience chronic stress as we juggle responsibilities such as children, teenagers, aging parents, financial worries, and work. It’s often referred to as the ‘Sandwich Generation’ and you can understand women often find themselves in the middle of two very demanding set of responsibilities. So it’s no wonder that chronic stress can have a significant impact on our mental well-being.

The Menopause-Anxiety Connection

Anxiety is closely linked to fear, and as women enter the menopause years, it’s not uncommon to feel more anxious about things that were previously handled effortlessly. For instance, women who have driven for work throughout their lives may suddenly fear driving at night, on motorways, or in unfamiliar territories.

Understanding the Impact of Chronic Stress

When we experience chronic stress, our bodies enter survival mode. Fat tends to accumulate around our midsection as a natural energy source for the fight or flight response. Additionally, internal stresses like aging, unresolved anxieties, food intolerances, medications, nutrient deficiencies, dehydration, blood sugar fluctuations, and the accumulation of chemicals and toxins over the years contribute to a feeling of being out of control, and therefore leading to heightened levels of anxiety.

The Impact of Anxiety in the Workplace

Anxiety can cause even the most confident individuals to doubt themselves, leading them to step back from responsibilities or question their abilities. If you find yourself in this situation, it’s essential to seek support. But where can you turn?

Creating a Menopause-Friendly Workplace

It’s crucial for companies to openly support employees going through menopause. If your company hasn’t addressed this issue yet, it may be time for a change. I can provide assistance in both individual and workplace settings. I offer one-on-one coaching as well as training programs to make businesses more menopause-friendly.

Managing anxiety during peri-menopause and menopause is essential for women’s well-being, especially those in the workforce. Understanding the impact of stress, hormones, and anxiety on our bodies is crucial for finding effective solutions. By creating menopause-friendly workplaces and providing support for employees, we can help women navigate this phase with confidence and improved mental health.

You can get in touch at sarah@sarahwilsher.com to find out more.