Any advice on Anxiety and how to deal with it?

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I am 51 and post menopause. I have been suffering with anxiety on and off for last 4 years but last 2 weeks have taken an all time high. I have overwhelming feelings of nervousness and start to panick tomthe point where I shake. I feel like something serious is wrong with me or is going to happen. At the same time I have a burning face which is a hot flush and feel so yuk. This can last fromfew minutes to longer and on and off. I don’t understand where these come from as at the time I’m feeling quite normal until I have these sudden and unexpected anxiousness. Any advice appreciated. I just don’t feel like me anymore. 

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    Sorry to hear about your symptoms. For the anxiety you can try something mild that would contain herbs such as Ashwagandha and holy basil (Adaptogens) if you dont have any other medical conditions. OTC progesterone Cream can help relieve some of the symptoms too. 
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    Snap! Julie I'm feeling very much the same as you. I can really sympathise with these feelings and it's nice to know I'm not alone! I am 52 and have just been prescribed HRT to try elevate the symptoms.

    Good luck,hope you start to feel better soon. 

     

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    I'm 51 as well and feel I'm losing my mind!!! It's very scary indeed. All the depression and anxiety I had as a child is magnified to the extreme now. The other night I started over thinking and next thing you know I started shaking uncontrollably sitting in my closet. I live in Florida so obviously I wasn't cold, but I couldn't stop. I also get the flushed cheeks out of nowhere and my stomach starts churning. I know I'm not giving you any advice to help you, but I wanted to let you know that you are not alone. I hope this helps. Please keep posting and talking about your symptoms because it does help. Not only you but others going through the same thing. Take it one day at a time!! Hugs!!! 😊

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      Hi Laura, thank you for your reply, so sorry to hear you are going through this as well. So nice to talk to people who understand and going through it themselves. Hope things improve. Big hugs x
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    I take Ashwaghanda and Rhodiola. It's a combination of the two. They help to keep me balanced. Also magnesium at night to help keep cortisol levels in check. B vitamins as well. It's really important to stay regimented to have the adaptations herbs and vitamins work well together. I take BP meds and this combination of supplements work well for me. Lavender oil on your pillow case at night or thru the day helps. Meditation yoga accompanied with deep belly breathing exercises really helps. Walking or any other exercises is the best for getting out of your head. It really helps!! Trust me, I've had my fair share of anxiety and panic attacks. Your not losing your mind. Your hormones are fluctuating. An awesome book to read and help you in so many ways is by Dr. Sara Gottfreid "The Hormone Cure"

    Hope this helps

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    Hi Julie, how are you feeling? I know how you feel...anxiety can be so scary, I've always been a bit of a nervy person but since being postmeno by 3yrs(im 58) I've never had or felt anything like it. Anxiety can just come on, I have episodes of feeling really strange, & the hot face too, that sense of doom & ends in something that resembles an emotional tearful breakdown...so horrible, can leave me feeling wobbly in the legs, floaty in the head & just totally 'off'  I take each day as it comes managing best I can. I'm on propranolol a beta blocker which helps to calm the feelings...have you seen your Dr & asked about meds that might help? maybe natural supplements or yoga, meditation, breathing exercises, Is there an Anxiety support group you could go to? Can be hard to know what to do sometimes. Be gentle with yourself, take care. Hugs to you 

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    Yes, I have experienced this sort of anxiety and panic periodically since entering the menopause and I can't really explain it as it didn't happen prior to menopause.  For me drug therapy did not help and in the end I taught myself a form of CBT which I researched.  I accepted that sometimes I would feel like this but it would not last and would eventually pass which of course it does.  I used to say to myself, this is probably the worst you can possibly feel but soon it will ease off and you will be able to function again and in the meantime just don't fight it.  I still get anxious but it isn't anywhere near as bad so I think the CBT has helped.

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    Yes, I have experienced this sort of anxiety and panic periodically since entering the menopause and I can't really explain it as it didn't happen prior to menopause.  For me drug therapy did not help and in the end I taught myself a form of CBT which I researched.  I accepted that sometimes I would feel like this but it would not last and would eventually pass which of course it does.  I used to say to myself, this is probably the worst you can possibly feel but soon it will ease off and you will be able to function again and in the meantime just don't fight it.  I still get anxious but it isn't anywhere near as bad so I think the CBT has helped.

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