What Causes Anxiety in Midlife and Menopause?

Have you arrived in midlife and can’t understand why you’re suddenly struggling with anxiety and other symptoms?

You probably expected physical symptoms to come to the fore at this time of your life but the emotional impact of hitting perimenopause has taken you by surprise.

Rather than having it all together, your confidence has disappeared and self-doubt and anxiety are running the show. 

What on earth has happened to you now you’re in midlife?

This is a question that so many of my clients find themselves asking and I’m here to tell you that you’re NOT going mad. Understanding how your brain works is a crucial first step in recognising why you feel this way and how you can create change. 

It’s all linked to the delicate balance between rising cortisol levels (the body’s main stress hormone) and declining oestrogen levels. Oestrogen acts as an emotional regulator in the female brain and it has a similar effect on the brain as antidepressant medication. When oestrogen levels are low, it sets the scene for more stress, anxiety, depression and crazy mood swings. 

The adrenal glands have a lot to do with this, given that they regulate stress levels and are also impacted by the drop in oestrogen. Almost overnight, it can feel like you’ve become super sensitive to stress.  

But it’s not all bad news and you have more control over this than you think

High levels of cortisol can really affect oestrogen production, so learning to manage stress and anxiety is a great place to start. 

Hypnotherapy is a safe, gentle and highly effective way to reduce your cortisol and train your brain to be more relaxed in situations where you might otherwise feel stressed and anxious. When you reduce your cortisol levels, your oestrogen levels can rise again. 

What else can you do?

  • Get a good night’s sleep
  • Spend time with people who lift you up and make you feel good
  • Make time to take regular exercise

The power to change how you think and feel is within YOU, and you can reframe your experience of midlife. You CAN feel calmer, more confident and more positive by rewriting your thoughts, beliefs and behaviours. 

Are you ready to say goodbye to midlife anxiety?

I specialise in helping women to overcome anxiety and self-doubt in midlife and live the life they were truly meant for. Together, we can retrain your brain to address anxiety, manage self-doubt and reframe your experience of midlife. Book a call with me to take the next step towards achieving a more Positive Resilient Mindset that sets you up for a happier and calmer midlife.