How to deal with worry, low mood and anxiety in menopause
Menopause is a shift from the pitta-dominated stage of life to the vata-dominated stage of life and both doshas can easily get out of balance causing both physical symptoms and emotional symptoms including irritability, low mood swings and anxiety.
Worry and Anxiety
Worry and anxiety during menopause are often due to a vata imbalance. Vata is the moving dosha, associated with the element of air, and it governs your central nervous system. When vata gets disturbed as a result of too much activity such as stress, insomnia, overwork or too much caffeine it can cause low mood swings and anxiety. Equally when your vata is aggravated you can become highly strung and prone to panic.
To keep vata balanced try the following:
Use the vata balancing diet and lifestyle plan – access here.
A regular routine for sleeping and eating – this helps to regulate your nervous system.
A daily oil massage – oil is extremely balancing for the dryness of vata. This exercise is also great for gas and bloating, constipation, dryness, and muscle tension.
A vata pacifying diet, which favours warm, cooked foods over raw, dry, cold, or crunchy ones – access here.
Be in bed by 10pm.
Try herbs known for calming anxiety such as Valerian root and Ashwagandha which can help you calm down and also improve sleep.
When you are going through a hormonal change it is important to support your bodies detoxification process so that it can properly cleanse and remove hormonal waste. Keep hydrated, use herbs such as eat grains like quinoa, couscous, and amaranth to support this process.
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