Two Teens And Their Mama: Anxiety...Why Can't I Quit You?

Monday, April 21, 2014

Anxiety...Why Can't I Quit You?



I read somewhere that there are over 75 possible symptoms of perimenopause - yikes! I'm hoping most of them pass me by.  Please keep me in your thoughts :)   Unfortunately, anxiety has not moseyed on down the road.   It has parked itself right on top of me.

I am an anxious person already.  Have been my whole life.  At least I'm aware of it and working to get better.  I've tried meditation, yoga, eliminating certain foods, massages, breathing techniques, and reading LOTS of Oprah magazines.  If there's anyone who won't take any flak from a personal problem, it's Oprah.  But guess what...I'm still anxious.

Then perimenopause hit and my simmering anxiety went though the roof.  Now even my worries had worries.  I stressed out about my kids, my husband, their health, my health, my parents, our business, money.  Well, you get the picture.  The looks I was getting from the males in my house were making me more anxious.

So back to Dr. G I went.  If she was surprised to see me so soon she didn't mention it.  I love that woman!  I told her that I wasn't ready to go on anti-anxiety medication, but I was making myself and my loved ones pretty miserable.  We talked about my options and she gave me the following two suggestions.

Exercise.  I know, I know, exercise gets lots of lip service and we all know we should be doing it for our health and maintaining weight.  It's just so darn hard to get up and do it every day.  But I have found that it really, honestly works for anxiety.  I make sure I get some form of exercise most days.  Even if I just take a walk, I get moving.  About halfway through my workout I can start to feel the anxiety slipping away.



Vitamins and minerals.  I am not a doctor, and I have no medical expertise whatsoever.  I would like to share the vitamins and minerals that I'm taking, because they are helping me.  A lot.  I'm not telling you to start taking them based on my recommendation.  But if you are suffering from anxiety, what I am telling you is to print off this list, get yourself to your doctor, and ask if you can start taking them too.  You can thank me later :)  I call it my "mama's happy place" formula.  I ditched my multivitamin and I take the following amounts of these six vitamins and minerals every day with breakfast.


  • Vitamin D (as cholecalciferol)  400IU
  • Vitamin B-1 (as thiamine)  50mg
  • Vitamin B-2 (as riboflavin)  50mg
  • Vitamin B-6 (as pyrodoxine)  50mg
  • Folic Acid (as folate) 400mcg
  • Selenium (as 1-selenomethionine) 200mcg

Basically, these vitamins and minerals relieve fatigue, support a healthy mood and mental function, reduce anxiety, promote healthy bones and support cardiovascular health.  All things we perimenopausal women need!

I've been taking these for about 3 months.  I'm not saying that I never feel anxious. Anxiety is part of my personality, and until my hormones level out again, I'm going to have lots of worried moments. But my family has stopped cringing when I walk in the room.  Small victories, ladies, small victories.



P.S. On a lighter note, I had to tell my 16 year old son not to eat ALL of the candy in his Easter basket in one day.  Shouldn't common sense tell him this by now?  Sigh...




12 comments:

  1. Hi Lana! This post is so relevant to me. I've been struggling with perimenopause for the past few years too. Yes, anxiety rears it's ugly head all the time. I take most of the same vitamins above but added in magnesium too and it's worked wonders for mine. We're in this together! :)

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    1. Thanks for the support :) It really does help to know that we're not alone with these crazy symptoms. I'll have to look into adding magnesium to my formula.

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  2. I don't think age and chocolate control go together. I'm probably a case-in-point for that:) Whatever works to relieve anxiety, terrific. I'm all for sitting on the beach like your last photo -- too bad I can't just do that every day:)

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    1. If someone made chocolate a food group, I would be so happy! If I could sit on that beach every day, I wouldn't need the vitamins :)

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  3. Hi Lana:
    Another lifelong worrier here! Having a teenage boy can definitely fuel the fears - I didn't even want to hear about the steep runs by son skied this weekend. It's just better if I don't know!!
    I do find that I am somewhat calmer if I have more sleep … and less coffee.

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    1. Sleep definitely helps. Just wish I could get more :)

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  4. Hi Lana! I'm so glad you stopped by Living a Disney Life. It sounds like we have a LOT in common - I am absolutely going to give your supplement cocktail a shot if there's any chance at all it will minimize the middle-of-the-night OMG-the-world's-about-to-end anxiety attack (my personal specialty). Oh, and be prepared to give that same Easter Candy talk for at least a couple more years LOL!

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    1. Middle of the night anxiety is the worst. Why does everything seem so much worse at night? Glad I'm not in this alone :)

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  5. Vitamins have helped my symptoms as well. Two separate months of worrying I was going to hurt people and I was off to the doctor. I decided against any hormones so excersise and vitamins it was. I feel pretty good really. We'll see what the future brings...

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    1. Me too - I didn't want to do hormones. It's amazing how much better I feel since starting the vitamins. Thanks so much for coming over!

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  6. Oooo Lana, I love supplements and swear by them! I also use bioidentical hormones. These are plant based creams. Not an rx from a dr and they have made a huge difference in how I feel!

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    1. I plan to look into bioidentical hormones some more. I have heard good things about them, but not sure I'm ready yet.

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