What to avoid to help with depression
Cut out the caffeine
Caffeine stimulates the central nervous system, and is thought to increase anxiety. As depression and anxiety often go together, cutting out caffeine may help.
Alcohol and fizzy drinks sap your fizz.
The risk of depression increases for menopausal women. Drinking alcohol when you’re feeling down or stressed temporarily calms the effects of stress hormones but also depresses the nervous system. See our vlog Get Sober with Club Soda on the effects of alcohol and menopause.
Sweet fizzy drinks are a no-no too. High caffeine content can give you the jitters, intensifying other menopausal symptoms including; hot flushes and insomnia. It’s time to find a caffeine and alcohol-free drink! Try alcohol free ginger beer, Feel Good’s mocktails, Elderflower presse or bitters (they do contain a trace of alcohol), with tonic. Adult tastes without the alcohol. Seedlip have produced a couple of spicy, herbal alcohol-free spirits, which could be a tasty alternative when you feel like an end of day treat. For more suggestions read our blog Alcohol & menopause don't mix. 5 'grown-up' alcohol-free drinks to enjoy.