“Many women find the time around menopause stressful.
This may be partially due to hormonal changes and
resulting bothersome symptoms such as hot flashes and…”.1

Umbrella

What may the Stress Umbrella include?

Depending on the Source (DotS) this Umbrella may include:

  • Psychological Stress
  • Stress

Definition

What is stress?

DotS the definition of stress may vary. The (United States) National Institute of Mental Health’s (CDC) definition is:

“Stress is the physical or mental response to an external cause, such as having a lot of homework or having an illness. A stressor may be a one-time or short-term occurrence, or it can happen repeatedly over a long time”.2

Chronic Stress

What may chronic stress cause?

The North American Menopause Society (NAMS) explain:

“Chronic stress is not good for anyone’s health. It may cause increased blood pressure and heart rate, headaches, gastric reflux, depression/anxiety, and, over the long term, an increased risk for heart disease. Some believe that chronic stress may affect our immune system, making us more susceptible to illness, infections, and even cancer. Stress affects not only our health but also our relationships, work performance, general sense of well-being, and quality of life”.3

Menopause

Is there an association between menopause and stress?

In Stress: Getting Serious About Solutions the NAMS elaborate on:


Stress“Many women find the time around menopause stressful. This may be partially due to hormonal changes and resulting bothersome symptoms such as hot flashes and disrupted sleep. In addition, family and personal issues such as the demands of teenage children, children leaving home, aging parents, midlife spouses, and career changes often converge on women during these years”.4

Self-Help

What can I try to relieve stress?

In Mental Health: Coping With Stress – Healthy Ways To Cope With Stress the (United States) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention include:

“Here are some ways you can manage stress, anxiety, grief, or worry:

  • Take breaks from news stories, including those on social media…
  • Take care of your body…
    • Eat healthy…
    • Get enough sleep…
    • Move more and sit less…
  • Limit alcohol intake…
  • Avoid using illegal drugs or prescription drugs…
  • Avoid smoking, vaping, and the use of other tobacco products…
  • Continue with regular health appointments, tests, screenings, and vaccinations…
  • Make time to unwind…
  • Connect with others…”.5

Online Resources, Programs and Apps

Are online stress management resources, programs and Apps available?

DotC (Depending on the Country) online stress management resources, programs and apps may be available.

Your health care provider or local community health center may know of your country’s recommended online stress management resources, programs and Apps.

Health Care Provider

What if my stress is stressing me?

I'm So Stressed Out! Fact SheetIf your stress is stressing you, it may be in your best interest to choose to talk to your health care provider about this.

In I’m So Stressed Out! Fact Sheet: Recognize When You Need More Help the NIMH elaborate on:

“If you are struggling to cope, or the symptoms of your stress or anxiety won’t go away, it may be time to talk to a professional. Psychotherapy (also called talk therapy) and medication are the two main treatments for anxiety, and many people benefit from a combination of the two”.6

Health Topics A-Z

Where may I find Health Topics A-Z related to Stress?

In Health Topics A-Z you may find:

Links

Where may I find Links related to Stress?Stress

Your Country may have Links similar to:

Sources

Where may I find the Sources quoted?

You may find the Sources quoted at:

Sources

  1. Stress: Getting Serious About Solutions. North American Menopause Society https://www.menopause.org/for-women/menopauseflashes/mental-health-at-menopause/stress-getting-serious-about-solutions Accessed: 11 July 2024
  2. I’m So Stressed Out! Fact Sheet. National Institute of Mental Health https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/so-stressed-out-fact-sheet Accessed: 11 July 2024
  3. Stress: Getting Serious About Solutions. North American Menopause Society https://www.menopause.org/for-women/menopauseflashes/mental-health-at-menopause/stress-getting-serious-about-solutions Accessed: 11 July 2024
  4. Stress: Getting Serious About Solutions. North American Menopause Society https://www.menopause.org/for-women/menopauseflashes/mental-health-at-menopause/stress-getting-serious-about-solutions Accessed: 11 July 2024
  5. Mental Health: Coping With Stress – Healthy Ways To Cope With Stress. Last Reviewed: 21 May 2024. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention https://www.cdc.gov/mentalhealth/cope-with-stress/ Accessed: 11 July 2024
  6. I’m So Stressed Out! Fact Sheet: Recognize When You Need More Help. National Institute of Mental Health https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/so-stressed-out-fact-sheet Accessed: 11 July 2024
Topic Last Updated: 11 July 2024 – Topic Last Reviewed: 11 July 2024

Print Friendly, PDF & Email