It’s been years since you went through menopause but for some reason, you keep having hot flashes. You feel a wave of hotness flow over you. Your palms are sweaty and your heart is racing…
Contrary to what you might think, these flashes can actually be confused for another issue. That’s right: hot flashes are actually a big symptom, for men and women of all ages, of anxiety.
You may not have stopped and thought about it before but hot flashes during menopause can be exacerbated by high anxiety levels.
Anxiety isn’t just a feeling of worry, it’s the activation of your fight or flight system – the system that tells you when you need be fearful for your life. When your fight/flight system overacts to everyday situations, this may mean you’re struggling with anxiety.
Hot and cold flashes can cause distress but it can be easy to palm them off as the aftermath of menopause.
According to a report in the Journal of the North American Menopause Society anxiety levels play a significant part in a woman’s occurrence of hot flashes, and women who described themselves as “somewhat anxious” as a result of life stresses encountered 3 times more hot flashes in comparison to women who happen to be inside “normal” anxiety spectrum. The women with “higher” anxiety ratings experienced 5 times as many hot flashes.
So, what can you do about your hot and cold flashes?
Firstly, see your doctor. They will be able to establish if you do indeed have anxiety.
Next, try one of these 6 things:
At the end of the day, no one should go through hot flashes and discomfort whether it is during or after menopause. You should take any unusual symptoms seriously and be checked out so you can feel great and get on with life.
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