October 10th is World Mental Health Day. It is especially important to safeguard your mental health during menopause as you are at increased risk from experiencing depression, anxiety, insomnia and mood swings. These are all symptoms of hormone imbalance.
The good news is that the stigma around mental illness really seems to be reducing, particularly with high profile people like the royal family bringing it under the spotlight and raising awareness. With one in four people experiencing mental illness it is vital that we use every tool in our armoury to promote wellness and openness about it.
One of our favourite mental health advocates is Ruby Wax. Her comedy is really funny but her work and studies around mental health really must be applauded. Her studies at Oxford University into the effectiveness of mindfulness on depression and other mental illnesses show us that reaching for the medicine jar isn’t always the answer
Doctors are all too enthusiastic about dishing out antidepressants, but if you are one of our intended audience you will be keen to use more natural and holistic methods to keep your mental health on top form without resorting to the prescription pad.
One of the most important things you need to know about mental illness is YOU ARE NOT ALONE. Talking about what you are going through is incredibly helpful. There are many treatments such as cognitive behavioural therapy, mindfulness and counselling which make a difference
We have talked in other places in our blog about methods for dealing with the individual symptoms you may be experiencing and have included links to a few of our blogs here.
You will also be pleased to know there are a plethora of resources available to you both on and offline. In addition to your doctor there are hundreds of charities and wellbeing organisations all designed to help.
Mind UK mental health charity
Samaritans A safe place for you to talk about what’s getting to you
Resources when you can’t afford a therapist Great blog post listing several apps and resources for a variety of conditions.
Heads Together Changing the conversation about mental health