#3.4 Quick reference guide to stress in midlife

We need stress to drive us and to kick us into action, however;
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• Being constantly stressed is one of the major influences on menopausal symptoms including weight gain, vasomotor symptoms, brain fog and poor sleep

• Cortisol, one of the main stress hormones, can be out of balance and produce symptoms are much like many listed ‘menopausal’ symptoms

• Midlife can present us with many challenges that increase our stress levels

• Stress manifests itself in many different ways and long term stress can be detrimental to our health

• Recognising the signs of stress is a vital step in beginning to manage it

• Choosing the strategies that work for you, finding support and talking to someone can help reduce stress levels

• As always, seek help from your health provider if you feel you are unable to cope