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  • Writer's pictureIngrid M

Is it Perimenopause, Stress or Something Else?


Today, I want to dive into the topic that many of us can relate to but might not always understand because there isn't really a whole lot of information out there. I feel like this is changing and also I'm noticing more discussion on those inevitable changes that lead into menopause. But the space is still so very vague that makes this experience an absolute roller coaster of emotions, unpredictable energy fluctuations, and unexpected mood swings. Is it stress, perimenopause, or there something else to the story? Buckle up, and let's figure this out together!



Is it Stress? – The Sneaky Culprit

We all know stress; it's that uninvited guest that overstays its welcome. It's been in my life for as long as I can remember with its ebb and flow, ups and down. Yet, these days it just feels like one never ending crescendo that never finds its reprieve. It's getting loud in here, folks! But that's a story for another day, and a sentiment I know I'm not the only one experiencing. From work deadlines to family responsibilities, to aging parents, to everything getting more expensive, stress can sneak into our lives in many forms. That constant pressure can leave us feeling tired, overwhelmed, and emotionally drained. Sound familiar?


Is it Perimenopause? – The Uncharted Territory

Now, let's talk about perimenopause – the mysterious precursor to the menopausal stage. Hormones decide to throw one hell of a party, and our bodies are the dance floor. I'm thinking back to my 20's when I'd dance all night and looked like one hot sweaty mess. Yes, I'm thinking of you Miami and Chicago! Anyway, hot flashes, mood swings, and irregular periods may become the new normal. I feel there is so much still to discover about this stage in life. Why am I, and many others learning about it as it happens and not before? I'm hoping that writing this blog will open the door for conversation about this. At least on this corner of the internet! But is what you're feeling just the result of hormonal shenanigans? Let me introduce to you the "What if it's something else?" road I've found myself on.


Is it Something Else? - The Wandering Mind

Sometimes, life throws curveballs that go beyond stress and perimenopause. It could be a combination of factors – health issues, relationship dynamics, or even the simple fact that life is ever-changing singing its, "Surprise, Surprise" song. It's essential to recognize when the rollercoaster becomes more than just the usual ups and downs and may be something else. I will always advocate others to speak to a professional and as you wait for your scheduled appointment you can try out these tips below.


Tips for Navigating the Rollercoaster:

  1. Self-Reflection: Take a moment to reflect on what's going on in your life. Check in with yourself as you would with a family member, close friend, or with your child if you notice a change in them. Are there external factors contributing to your stress levels? Identify them.

  2. Seek Support: Reach out to friends, family, or a professional. Sometimes, sharing your symptoms, and feelings can be extremely helpful. There is power and understanding in connection.

  3. Prioritize Self-Care: Whether it's a short walk, or a guilty pleasure TV show (thank you, housewives franchise for your service), or simply setting a small boundary to create space for yourself – prioritize activities that bring you joy and relaxation. Easier said than done. I know.

  4. Educate Yourself: Understanding perimenopause and its symptoms can help you navigate this phase with more ease. Knowledge is key! Even if it might not be perimenopause it may one day be in the future.

  5. Listen to Your Body: If something doesn't feel right, don't hesitate to consult a healthcare professional. Your body has its way of telling you when something needs attention. Our body is a marvel when it comes to this! When I tune into my body is when I personally shush my mind, take note and make that doctor appointment.

Remember, you're not alone in this journey. Life is a crazy rollercoaster ride, and sometimes, we all need a little help and support figuring out if what we are experiencing is stress, perimenopause, or something else. Embrace the journey, lean on your support system, and know that it's okay not to have all the answers.


Would you like to hear and learn more about perimenopause? I know that so many are experiencing this. That the "I missed my period. Am I pregnant? Is it perimenopause? Is it stress? Is it something else?", thought process at this stage of my life can't be something only I am going through. Personally, I would like to find out more information on how I can best support my body and mental health during this inevitable change when it makes its debut. My head is spinning (in the fun way, not in the movie titled The Exorcist way), of excitement thinking if I can create a space and make it a reality. But first, I will just work on getting this blog out first.



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