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  • Writer's pictureJo Leccacorvi

Have you ever experienced decision fatigue?

Do you feel like you're losing control, especially when it comes to making decisions? You're not alone. Many women going through perimenopause, experience a rollercoaster of emotions and uncertainties that can make even the simplest choices feel overwhelming.

First off, it's important to know that what you're experiencing is normal. Perimenopause can bring about hormonal fluctuations that affect not just your physical health but also your mental well-being. One common symptom is increased anxiety, which can manifest in various ways, including difficulty making decisions.

So, why does decision-making become so challenging during perimenopause? Well, blame it on the hormones. Chaotic fluctuations in your sex hormones oestrogen, progesterone and testosterone levels can wreak havoc on your mood, cognition, and stress response. These hormonal changes can make you more prone to anxiety, self-doubt, and overthinking, which in turn can make decision-making feel like an uphill battle.

But fear not, there are strategies you can adopt to help you regain a sense of control over your decisions:

Acknowledge and Accept

Recognise that what you're going through is a normal part of the perimenopausal journey. Acknowledging your feelings and accepting them can help alleviate some of the pressure you're putting on yourself.

Take a Breather

When faced with a decision, especially a stressful one like selling your car or even something more mundane such as choosing an outfit, give yourself permission to step back and take a deep breath. Taking a moment to clear your mind can help you approach the situation with a clearer perspective.

Break it Down

Break big decisions into smaller, more manageable steps. Rather than trying to tackle everything at once, focus on one aspect at a time. This can make the decision-making process feel less overwhelming and more achievable.

Seek Support

Don't hesitate to lean on friends, family, or a trusted healthcare provider for support. Talking through your concerns with someone you trust can provide valuable insights and reassurance.

Practice Self-Care

Prioritise self-care activities that help reduce stress and promote relaxation. Whether it's yoga, meditation, spending time in nature, or indulging in a hobby, carving out time for yourself is crucial for maintaining your emotional well-being.

Challenge Negative Thoughts Perimenopause can sometimes fuel negative thought patterns that undermine your confidence and decision-making abilities. Practice challenging these thoughts by reframing them in a more positive and realistic light.

Consider Professional Help

If your anxiety and decision-making difficulties persist and significantly impact your daily life, consider seeking professional help from a therapist. They can provide you with coping strategies and support tailored to your specific needs.

Remember, many women going through perimenopause face similar challenges, you are not the only one who expereinces decision fatigue. By acknowledging your struggles, practicing self-compassion, and implementing coping strategies, you can navigate this phase with greater ease and confidence. Take it one decision at a time, and remember to be kind to yourself along the way.

If you‘re struggling with your perimenopausal symptoms I offer a free midlife health review. Click here to book in for a no obligation chat.

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