Hi Cat and welcome! Yes hormonal changes can cause or intensify anxiety...and the years leading up to menopause can mean some hefty hormonal shifts!
There are natural things that you can do to relieve your symptoms. Diet is one thing...eat a healthy diet and include plenty of dairy and soy products. Avoid caffeine, processed foods and too much sugar.
Exercise is another key element in controlling anxiety. If you are not already, make 30 minutes 3x a week priority. If you are already doing that, increase your intensity and frequency slowly as you add in more:)
Just as important is rest. Make quality rest and sleep a goal. If you are not sleeping so well at night (night sweats?) try to catch up during the day with a nap, or some relaxation time.
In our Anxiety Resource Guide (main page 3rd post) you will find lots of great links that teach anxiety coping techniques. Take a look at the breathing and relaxation exercises. They are very effective if pracitced daily.
I hope that this gives you some ideas. I would also recommend getting a book on managing menopause symptoms...since that seems to be the trigger for your anxiety...if you manage that, you will have a better chance at managing the anxiety.
Post with us anytime. Good luck and good health:)
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Post Edited (Scaredy Cat) : 9/27/2011 10:54:13 PM (GMT-6)