Anxiety is a really common perimenopause symptom. As women we have so many balls in the air every day that it’s hard not to feel worry and unease. For many women anxiety is exacerbated in perimenopause and for some it can become crippling.
Some days even before I open my eyes I can feel the cortisol coursing through my veins. Many nights I’m woken up by my dark feelings of dread. Other days start off relatively calm, but as the day progresses, I can feel the tension building in my body.
Some of the random thoughts that keep me up at night …
- Am I a good enough wife/mom/friend/person?
- Was I productive today?
- How come I can’t seem to get this weight off?
- Did I remember to book the dog into the kennel for our holiday next March?
- When was the last time I called my dad?
- Did I actually listen to my son today or was I distracted when we were talking?
- Why did I lose my shit instead of taking a breath?
- Who am I to think I could run a successful company?
- Since my husband makes more money than I do, am I doing enough around the house to ’earn my keep’?
- Did I remember to put the laundry in the dryer?
- Why did I say that stupid, stupid thing in the meeting yesterday?
- Even if you were never a worrier before, chances are that you’re feeling anxious now that you’re in perimenopause.
We want you to know that you are enough. That you are doing your best. That you’ve got this.
So you can put down some of those balls.
And don’t worry… everything’s going to be ok.