Happy World Menopause Day!

World Menopause Day is held every year on the 18th of October. The purpose of the day is to raise awareness of the menopause and the support options available for improving health and wellbeing.

As I dedicate my Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy Practice to supporting ladies suffering the symptoms of perimenopause and menopause I thought this seemed like the ideal day to launch my weekly A-Z of menopause posts that I will be sharing with you over the coming weeks.  The posts will have a neuroscience focus so that you can really start to understand the connection  between menopausal symptoms and how understanding your brain can support the management of those symptoms. 

So, kicking us off at A, we of course, have ANXIETY!! Oh… what a little treasure this gift is to the perimenopausal and menopausal women of the world. 

So, generally if you find yourself aged between 40 and 50 (although this can vary) you may currently be finding yourself in the situation that your reproductive hormones, Estrogen and Progesterone are reducing.  As a result, some of the functions of the body are being affected, leading to a plethora of symptoms (check your symptoms using the link to the menopausesupport.co.uk website, on my ‘Freedom From’ page – https://dsjhypno.com/freedom-from/  

As a result, you can often start to feel like you are wading through treacle, and this can lead us to feeling de-motivated and negative.  As a result, our bodies produce less serotonin (the happy hormone) and this then finds us functioning much more from your primitive brain rather than our rational, intellectual brain. 

When we are working from our primitive brain, otherwise known as the fight or flight part, we find that we are not functioning logically but in a heightened state of vigilance based on emotional responses.  Every one of our negative thoughts and emotional responses that we fire off in a day is accumulated and stored in our metaphorical stress bucket. 

Now when you consider that in addition to this, our brain doesn’t know the difference between imagination and reality so, even when we simply worry about something that might not even happen, anxiety is being created as if it’s actually happening.  It’s not hard to see how our stress bucket fills quickly and when that happens and the next worrying thought occurs, there is nowhere left in the bucket for it to go and so the bucket overflows, thus leading to more emotional responses.

When our stress bucket overflows, we lose access to the intellectual sensible part of our brain – the part that knows just what to do and we move down to the primitive flight or fight part, which is solely concerned with survival.

The bad news here is that the average emotional age of the primitive part of our brain is about 4 to 5 years old and has 3 default ways of responding:

Anxiety, Anger and Depression

In addition, when we find ourselves in the primitive brain, we begin to throw inappropriate habits and behaviours into the loop.  At the time we feel that it’s just what we need to make us feel better, but often this is a quick fix that gives no long-term benefit and can even add to the stress cycle.

So, when the primitive brain is responding in this way it does not necessarily mean that we are suffering with an anxiety disorder, but it does mean that we can start to feel overwhelmed.  We can find ourselves in a continual ‘fight or flight’ response loop, and chemicals such as adrenaline and cortisol are being pumped into the body. These negative hormones being released are what can lead to our perimenopause and menopause symptoms being exacerbated and lead to additional symptoms such as poor sleep, headaches and Irritable Bowel Syndrome which ultimately affect our overall resilience and general mental health status. 

You can see now why I dedicate my practice to supporting ladies to suffering in this way and I am really pleased to tell you that there are ways to rectify and combat this through the process of scientifically proven Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy Techniques….take a look at the ‘My Approach’ page on my website to learn more at how we can work together to combat ANXIETY  – https://dsjhypno.com/my-approach/ or drop me a line through my contact page – https://dsjhypno.com/contact/ to arrange your free Initial Consultation.

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Solution Focused Hypnotherapy - working with clients to achieve positive change in their lives.

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