There are very real mental health changes that can hit you during perimenopause and menopause and trust me when I tell you that you aren’t crazy. And although your prescriber may tell you so, you don’t necessarily need an antidepressant.
One major player in these changes is progesterone, which tends to decrease first in perimenopause. This decline can lead to heightened anxiety and possibly insomnia, triggering further mental health challenges. Progesterone plays a key role in producing GABA, a calming neurotransmitter that promotes tranquillity and aids in restful sleep.
If you’re experiencing mental health shifts during this phase, consider discussing options with your healthcare provider. Vitex may be recommended to help elevate progesterone levels, or incorporating Prometrium in the latter half of your cycle could help alleviate symptoms. For those in late perimenopause, continuous progesterone might be beneficial.
Understanding how our thoughts impact us negatively is the initial step toward healing. While rewiring our thinking patterns isn’t easy, with dedication to change, it’s entirely achievable.
Remember, your thoughts hold the power to shape your feelings and actions. Taking control is essential for your well-being.
If you struggle with anxiety, I hope this helps:
Anxiety often arises from deep-rooted associations in the survival portion of our brain, which operates on emotions and automatic responses. Trying to rationalise or analyse it with logic from the conscious part of our brain can be frustrating and ineffective. It’s important to recognise that these triggers may not even be consciously known or recalled. This understanding can be a significant revelation for many struggling with anxiety.
In neurology, it’s often said that neurons that fire together, wire together. This means that certain smells or experiences can become strongly linked to specific emotions, even if there’s no logical reason behind it. Trying to use logic and intellectual thought alone won’t effectively rewire these connections in your survival brain. Instead, it’s crucial to learn the language of the survival brain and understand that these associations were formed due to conditioning, not because there’s anything inherently wrong with you.
This understanding is the first and most important step towards emotional freedom, as it allows you to let go of the frustration and negative meanings attached to certain thoughts and feelings. Once you embrace this perspective, you create a supportive environment for the subsequent work needed to rewire this part of your brain. Remember, this process doesn’t signify any inherent flaw in you—it’s simply how the survival brain responds to conditioning.
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