Feeling agitated is a typical symptom of menopause. You can feel restless, tense and your heart rate may rise. This can be worrying and stressful. It becomes impossible to relax.

The hormonal changes that your body undergoes during menopause affect how you feel. For this reason, menopause can be a period full of emotional turmoil, strong reactions and inner agitation. Menopause often coincides with a time in life when many other changes are taking place. For example, you may have teenage children with their own issues or elderly parents who cannot live independently. A stressful, demanding lifestyle, not enough exercise, relaxation, and time for yourself can add to feelings of agitation and unrest.

What can you do?

You can't just think away agitation and restlessness. But that doesn't mean there's nothing you can do about it. For example, mindfulness (the acceptance of what is) can help you deal with things better. Talking about things with a good friend can also bring relief and this may make you look at things differently. Taking time to look after yourself is important too – you don’t have to do everything, so if you are feeling agitated and overwhelmed practice the art of saying ‘no’.

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