Navigating the Emotional Waves of Menopause: A Holistic Approach

As a female functional medicine physician, I’ve not only witnessed but personally experienced the emotional rollercoaster that often accompanies hormonal changes. This phase, while a natural part of aging, can bring significant emotional and psychological changes, including mood swings, anxiety, and feelings of sadness. These emotional fluctuations are largely due to the hormonal changes happening in your body. Estrogen, which is declining during menopause, plays a key role in regulating mood and emotional well-being. Understanding that these mood changes are a normal part of the menopausal process is the first step towards managing them effectively.

When it comes to managing these mood swings, there are various strategies that can be incredibly effective. Therapy, particularly cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), has been shown to be beneficial in addressing the psychological aspects of menopause. Joining support groups can also provide comfort and understanding, as sharing...

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