11 Mar Menopause Blues or Depression?
Women all over the world suffer through a rough phase once they approach middle age. This is as “menopause blues” where there is a decrease in the estrogen and progesterone levels. Common indicators of this are being irritable, having constant mood swings, getting more restless than usual or being negative about almost everything. All these factors can make you feel depressed and coping with menopause blues a tad difficult.
When Menopause Blues turn into Depression?
Menopause blues can affect your work performance, interpersonal relationships and even quality of life. Women who go through an early menopause are more likely to feel depressed. This can be because they have a shorter exposure to estrogen produced by the body.
If you observe such symptoms regularly, it can be a sign of depression. Don’t ignore the symptoms, start maintaining a journal or a menopause calendar and take it with you to your counselor. It is necessary to track such changes in mood and talk it over with a professional when required.
Depression can be a hindrance to your happiness as well as your well-being. Remember that none of us has to suffer through a state of tedium alone. Going through the change does not necessarily mean hot flashes and being wistful about the times gone by.
Some ways to beat the menopause blues and depression:
1. Adequate sleep
During menopause, many women experience sleep problems. Follow a regular sleep schedule and keep your bedroom dark, peaceful, and cool. Consult a doctor if you have serious sleeping issues.
2. Regular exercise
Any form of aerobic exercise or physical activities like swimming, rowing can help in elevating your mood levels. Incorporate a healthy diet that is rich in vitamins and minerals. Take brisk walks regularly to see a difference.
Usually therapy is of two types. One is Interpersonal Therapy that can help you in understanding how to better your personal relationships. Understanding how to change your way of relating with others can help in changing your symptoms. Second type of therapy is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy that helps you in having a more positive outlook towards life. Both these kind of therapies are problem-oriented, hence takes less time to overcome depression, if substantiated with proper medication.
If you or a loved one feels that you are depressed, ask someone to schedule your appointment or ask them to take you for that appointment. That’s the first step: acceptance. Try not to confuse the regular ups and downs of life with feeling depressed. Once you address your depression, you can live a freer life and can breeze through your menopause years.
All these life changes must not disquiet us. Wisdom acquired over the years can be trusted to help us through the menopause phase. So what have you been waiting for? Seek help today and end your menopause misery.
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