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Peri Menopause - Why you find it hard to deal with stress?

Menopause and The Stress Hormone - Simplified

As you head into menopause, you may have noticed that you aren't dealing with stress as well as you once used to. And this is true.

During menopause oestrogen and progesterone are declining fast. Cortisol (commonly known as the stress hormone) starts to try and lend a hand by helping your body produce progesterone.


If you start to put extra pressure on the adrenal gland (the gland that produces cortisol) by having more stress in your life, your body will struggle to produce the progesterone your body most desperately needs right now as it's busy producing cortisol to deal with your stress.

So basically and quite simply your body will find it much harder to deal with day to day stress.

If you continue to put pressure on your adrenal gland by getting stressed you can cause adrenal fatigue or burnout.

What can you do - SIMPLE - RELAX

Quite simply you need to spend time relaxing your central nervous system.

Do what you love, do what makes you smile and laugh. Step away from unwanted stress and find activities you can do daily, weekly that will calm your body down.

Sugar, alcohol and processed food puts pressure on your body, so try and reduce these if not eliminate them from your diet.

Some symptoms of adrenal fatigue


Low energy, even if getting adequate sleep

Frequent colds

Cravings for unhealthy foods

Digestion problems like bloating

Weight gain, especially around the middle

Low sex drive

More aches and pains

Low mood

If you want to find out more about what's happening to your body during peri and menopause and learn about more in depth ways of what you can do to help you feel better, subscribe to find out more about a Peri and Menopause course I'm putting together at the moment.

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