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5 Common Symptoms of Menopausal Irritability

Many factors contribute to menopausal irritability, and no matter what the causes are, feeling irritable on a regular basis can be detrimental. However, once you acknowledge that you have a tendency to become irritable, it becomes easier to reduce it. Finding the underlying causes of irritability and addressing these causes can help you to lead a happier and healthier life.

Menopausal irritability can cause intolerance, impatience, and overreaction to people.
1

Stress

Stress can cause a person to become irritable. A small amount of stress in life is healthy and even necessary. However, when stress becomes chronic and overwhelming it can pose a serious health problem. Stress-relief techniques can help to ease the tension. If you feel irritability building up because you are stressed, it is a good idea to acknowledge this, and find a way to reduce stress such as by exercising, finding a creative outlet, or talking to someone that you trust.

2

Trouble Sleeping

Sleep deprivation is a common cause of irritability in general, but it hits especially hard for women going through menopause. Other related symptoms, such as night sweats and sleep apnea, can interrupt sleep cycles and cause a sense of fatigue that lasts throughout the day. This can lead to irritability during the day. It is a good idea to find ways to treat what is disrupting your sleep. For example, going to bed at the same time every night, avoiding distractions before bed, and only going to bed when you are tired, can help cut back on insomnia.

3

Less Tolerance for Others

All symptoms of irritability contribute toward a shortened fuse, and interpersonal relations can suffer as a result. Women may find that menopausal irritability magnifies the negative qualities of others, and habits that were once overlooked become glaring faults in their eyes. Whether at work or in personal life, this can negatively affect the overall well-being of everyone involved. It's important to pick your battles when it comes to little things that upset you.

4

Impatience

No one likes to be unhappy, and when such feelings arise, it's natural to want to be done with whatever situation appears to cause them as quickly as possible. Therefore, it's unsurprising that one of the symptoms of irritability is an increased lack of patience, as things never seem to end fast enough to provide relief. Impatience can take place in any situation, from waiting in line to having a conversation with a friend.

5

Overreaction

A compound of all the symptoms of irritability, overreaction occurs when levels of impatience and intolerance surpass a normal response to the circumstances. Frustration can lead to lashing out in anger, snapping at loved ones and strangers alike, and generally expressing annoyance over things that used to be trifles. Overreactions are quite external, inherently affecting more than just one person. It's important to address instances when you may have overreacted, in order to better recognize future instances and cut back on them.

If you find that you are constantly irritable to the point where it is obscuring your personality and straining your relationships with people you care about, it is a good idea to talk to a therapist. A therapist can help you work through your problems and find solutions to cut back on how irritable you feel. Find a way that works for you, and know that happy days lie ahead! Click here to learn more about treating symptoms of menopause.

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