Menopause Solutions – 3 Simple Tips For Reducing Your Headaches Through The Perimenopause – Tip 3 – Reducing Stress

Could your headaches be related to your hormones?

TIP 3. Look for ways to reduce your stress levels. This sounds easier said than done, I know, so take it a step at a time. Our stress levels rise during the menopause for several reasons,

With the drop in oestrogen and progesterone in your body, the serotonin (the “happy” hormone) in your brain is also reduced. This can cause a big change in your moods.

Hormones play a major role in how we react to everyday situations and when the main hormones start changing, so do your moods.

Also, many women find that they are facing major stresses in their life around the time that menopause starts, which can also affect moods. The time when your children move out to go to college or live independently can be a big blow to your self confidence, while retirement (either of yourself or your partner) can be a big issue, as can health worries. When combined with hormonal fluctuations, these can all contribute to mood swings.

Cortisol is made by the adrenal gland and is the primary “fight or flight” hormone.   When a person is stressed out regularly, high levels of cortisol have profound effects on our immune system and chances of getting virtually all illnesses.  When cortisol is elevated it contributes to storing calories as fat, particularly around the middle. Ways to reduce stress include yoga, deep breathing techniques, tai chi, meditation and avoiding processed foods.

When you are suffering from hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia, and other irritating problems caused by perimenopause and menopause, it’s easy to become frustrated. Most women tend to get a bit grumpy when they don’t sleep well, and lack of sleep can be a headache trigger. Add being uncomfortable to the mix and you have major mood swings, even without the confused hormones.

If you don’t like running and avoid the gym at all costs, you might prefer an alternative form of exercise. Try taking a yoga or martial arts class or swimming. Dancing is another good way to get some fun exercise in. Taking some sun each day can also boost serotonin levels, there is no better mood lifter than a good walk, and it’s free while giving you the opportunity to get back to nature.

So, avoid processed foods, sugar, high fructose corn syrup, and go organic, more fresh vegetables and fruits, with higher fibre and whole grains.   Exercise regularly, get some sunshine which will boost Vitamin D levels, and get enough sleep every night. Enjoy your water – and enjoy your life! Especially if you have reduced your headaches…

Action Step: Make a list of 5 things you can do to reduce your stress levels

To your Health and Wellbeing

Alison x

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  1. Thanks for reminding me how to stay balanced. I have also found that the Sedona Method has been useful for me in managing stress. It helps me to just “let go” of the things I really can’t control. Now, I just need to find a way to get that exercise in to the picture regularly.

  2. I love that you ask us to take an action step! What are my 5 things…? Meditation, a bit of daily sun, going to bed before 11pm, reading, and walking with a few other exercise activities. I struggle with migraines a lot already, and very rarely headaches, and its most often at the time of my period, so obviously hormone-related. However when I change a few things, it changes the premenstrual issues I normally have. Stress is a big factor. I’m not sure how to reduce the effect of migraines around that time though. Any suggestions. Or perhaps an article? 🙂 Thanks for your insights Alison!

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