Do you find yourself not coping as well as you used to, and crippled with anxiety for no obvious reason?
Anxiety has been shown to increase during menopause years along with a reduced capacity to cope with stress. This can lead to a whole cascade of health problems including lack of restful sleep. Anxiety and stress are both emotional responses, but typically stress is triggered by an external event, such as work pressures or relationship issues. Symptoms of stress and anxiety can be similar, and include both mental and physical changes like irritability, anger, fatigue and disturbed sleep. Stress symptoms will usually dissipate once the stress trigger has passed while anxiety can remain for extended periods of time.
Anxiety is now one of the most common mental health conditions in Australia affecting 1 in 3 women, with sometimes debilitating symptoms that can affect your abiility to work, relationships and restful sleep.