Menstruation leads to a number of hormonal changes that can cause physical and emotional effects that may contribute to anxiety. There is no single reason for this anxiety, but multiple factors probably are at work.
Fluctuations in powerful hormones that regulate menstruation, such as estrogen and progesterone, can affect your appetite, digestion, and energy levels, all of which can, in turn, affect your mood.
To manage stress and diminish anxiety during your period:
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* Eat a well-balanced diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables.
* Be sure to get enough sleep; seven to eight hours a night is optimal for most people.
* Minimize your alcohol and caffeine intake.
* Avoid tobacco.
* Spend time relaxing with friends and family.
* Express your thoughts and emotions by writing in a journal.
* Consider meditation and deep breathing exercises.
For women who continue to experience significant anxiety symptoms, medication is also an option. I do not remember if you are on any medication for your anxiety.
Hope today is a better day for you.