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[Article]Why Does Menopause Lead to a Lack of Motivation?

Feeling listless or just unable to muster up any enthusiasm? It could be a symptom of menopause. This article explores why menopause often leads to lethargy and offers advice on how to manage it.

Table of Contents

  • The Cause of Lethargy During Menopause

  • How to Cope

  • Conclusion

The Cause of Lethargy During Menopause

During menopause, the secretion of the female hormone estrogen decreases. This triggers the brain to send signals to the ovaries to produce more hormones. However, these signals can cause excessive excitation in the surrounding brain areas, disrupting the balance of the autonomic nervous system and leading to feelings of lethargy.

How to Cope

Lethargy during menopause is closely related to hormonal balance. Therefore, stabilizing both the hormonal balance and the autonomic nervous system, which controls hormone secretion, is key.


When eating, ensure you have a balanced intake of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. Diets that eliminate these nutrients can disrupt fat cells and the autonomic nervous system, leading to hormonal imbalance. Include all nutrients in moderation.

Also, actively consume isoflavones, which mimic female hormones and can help improve hormonal balance. Soy products, rich in isoflavones, should be incorporated into your daily diet.


Lack of sleep can impair the hypothalamus, which governs the autonomic nervous system, leading to a disrupted hormonal balance. Try to get enough sleep. Avoid alcohol and screen time before bed as they can excite the sympathetic nervous system, reducing sleep quality.


Yoga is beneficial for regulating the autonomic nervous system. Here are some simple yoga poses:

Triangle Pose

Doing this pose in the morning can activate the sympathetic nervous system, helping you start the day refreshed.

Baddha Konasana (Butterfly Pose)

Performing this pose before bed can relax your body and improve sleep quality. Bring the soles of your feet together, extend your back, and slowly lean forward while taking five deep breaths.


The points "Sanyinjiao" and "Xuehai" are effective for female reproductive issues. Sanyinjiao is located about four finger-widths above the inner ankle. Gently massage it with your thumb. Xuehai is located about 2 cm above the knee, on the inner side where there's a slight indentation. Massage it gently as you would with Sanyinjiao.


Menopause can be a time when fatigue sets in easily, making even simple tasks seem daunting. When feeling overwhelmed, it's important to take it easy and not overexert yourself.

If lethargy significantly impacts your life, it could be a sign of depression or another condition. Don't hesitate to consult a doctor in such cases.


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