Menopause

How to deal with Menopause and Crying

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Menopause can be a rollercoaster of emotions, presenting challenges that many women find difficult to navigate. Hormone shifts cause mood swings and crying to become more frequent and intense, swerving from one emotion to the other with minimal warning or explanation. It’s important for menopausal ladies everywhere not only to recognize these changes in behaviour but also equip themselves with strategies on how best manage them as they voyage through this new stage of life.

The different types of crying during menopause

  • Crying spells – Some women find that they have crying spells where they will literally just cry at anything and everything. It may well be that it’s just certain things that tend to trigger the crying.
  • Uncontrollable crying – with menopause can come unexpected, seemingly uncontrollable bouts of weeping. In an instant your heart may feel as though it’s shattering and a wave of sadness will wash over you like a tidal force. You won’t be able to stop until those five minutes have passed – all that time feeling completely desolate and forlorn. Not only is this emotion difficult to bear itself, but if it strikes in public or when surrounded by others then embarrassment is often added into the mix too. Unexpected tears could catch us off guard any moment, at any place so being aware how we might react removes some worry from our lives during such intimate moments.
  • Weepiness – Many women experience excessive weepiness and heightened emotions, especially when it comes to stories in the news or films. Some have even had to take drastic measures – turning off the television during newscasts and avoiding newspapers altogether.
  • Feeling more vulnerable and sensitive – It can be overwhelming, making it hard to function in your day-to-day life. Even simple comments may cause you to take things the wrong way, leading to feelings of sadness or discomfort that can overwhelm quickly and make us feel really low. If this sounds familiar, know that there are ways you can manage these emotions with understanding and kindness for yourself.

Does menopause cause extreme emotions?

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Menopause and its precursor, perimenopause, can bring with them a unique set of emotional symptoms. From irritability to sudden crying or depression, there’s much that you should be aware of when it comes to your moods during these life changes, as knowing the signs helps us better prepare for any shifts in our psyches. These are some typical emotional symptoms caused by hormone imbalance:

  • Irritability
  • Increased impatience or total lack of patience
  • Aggression
  • Lack of motivation
  • Difficulty concentrating and forgetfulness
  • Feelings of increased stress or tension
  • Nervousness and anxiety
  • Feelings of sadness, depression and melancholy
  • Crying spells
  • Fatigue (may be caused by lack of sleep)

Moods can fluctuate wildly and unexpectedly, with emotions that seem to come from out of nowhere. Feeling off-balance or living in a permanent PMS (Pre-Menstrual Syndrome) cycle is an all too common experience for many women.

How do you deal with emotional changes like crying during Menopause?

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Here are a few tips to make sure you stay level-headed and stable during this time:

  • Eat nutritious foods and exercise regularly to keep your body strong.
  • Take time for calming activities such as yoga or meditation that can bring balance into your life.
  • Replace tranquilizers and alcohol with a creative outlet like painting or journaling – something you enjoy doing and find empowering.
  • Keep close relationships going by maintaining connections with family members, friends, neighbours & other women who understand the changes taking place; they offer tremendous support when facing this transition of life.
  • Don’t forget to reflect on how freedom awaits post-menopausal years too – focus not just on physical signs but also all the positives about yourself.
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is available to help introduce helpful thought patterns so negative feelings don’t take over completely.

Conclusion

Everyone’s help is welcome on the menopause journey. Menopause doesn’t just affect women – it affects us all. Conversations about this topic can make a big difference and when someone shares their experiences with you, let’s give them our full attention without making any assumptions.

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