Menopause is one of the most significant stages in a woman’s life. Although it can be a challenging time, it’s also an ideal opportunity to put your needs first. This is a time when many women choose to make changes in their lifestyle to help maintain their physical and emotional equilibrium, and support their body in adapting to the changing rhythms of this natural mid-life transition.
Some of these changes involve using natural menopause treatments such as LadyCare, whilst others focus on diet and exercise, relaxation, meditation, or simply taking time to do the things they enjoy. The most important thing is to approach this time with a positive mental attitude and a firm focus on putting your wellbeing first.
Complementary therapies such as acupuncture, aromatherapy massage, reflexology, etc., may offer some natural relief for your menopausal symptoms as part of a healthy lifestyle. They’re also great ways to relax, de-stress and treat yourself to some valuable “me” time.
Diet and nutrition
LadyCare has been shown to help reduce weight gain related to menopause. However, we all know that we are what we eat, and by making some simple, healthy changes to your diet you can alter how your body copes with menopausal symptoms.
Menopause is an important and very natural life transition. As with all major changes in our life, it’s important to share any concerns you have. So, don’t bottle it up. Talk about your problems with someone you trust, whether it’s your partner, family or friends. Speaking to a professional coach or counsellor in a neutral setting could also be a helpful way to understand the life changes that you are experiencing.
Tips to help you reduce stress:
During menopause, when you are experiencing a major change in your life, you need to be able to share your concerns. Don’t bottle it up. Talk about your problems with someone you trust whether it’s your partner, family or friends. You can also get support via an online community, such as LadyCare’s Facebook page.
Speaking to a professional coach or counsellor in a neutral setting could also be a helpful way to understand the life changes that you are experiencing.
As a woman ages, her risk of osteoporosis increases. Exercise is a brilliant way to reduce this risk, it helps to keep your bones strong and your joints supple. Exercising also releases the ‘feel good’ hormones known as endorphins, which can help to relieve depression and anxiety. Even if you’re not ready for the gym, you can go for a weekend walk, do the gardening, or even get off the bus a stop earlier.
Do something you enjoy
It’s a woman’s nature to take care of her loved ones before she takes care of herself. However, it’s important to acknowledge that it’s impossible to give your best when you’re not feeling your best.
Menopause is the perfect time to start making new resolutions to put your needs first, to make time for yourself to relax and do things that you enjoy—whether that’s going to the cinema, dancing, shopping, taking a class to learn a new skill, or simply meeting your friends for lunch or tea. Remember—you’re important too. And, just like they advise on airplanes, taking care of yourself first before helping others isn’t selfish, it’s the most sensible and productive thing you can do!
Get enough sleep
It is not unusual for women to suffer from insomnia during menopause, partly because of night sweats, and partly due to anxiety or stress. Unfortunately, lack of sleep then increases the stress factor, causing the cycle to continue. LadyCare can help you get a good night’s sleep but we recommend that you also get into a bedtime routine. Here are some tips:
- Go to bed at a regular time
- Keep your bedroom for sleep – no TV or work!
- Avoid alcohol and chocolate before bed.
- Make sure you have enough time to wind down before going to bed.
- Have a warm (not hot) bath
- Try relaxation techniques
Our tips on lifestyle choices to help ease your transition through the menopause are general guidelines, and not a substitute for medical advice from your GP or other medical professional.
For many women, the menopause is an extremely stressful time. Hormonal changes as well as dealing with the effects of menopausal symptoms, such as lack of sleep, can result in anxiety and depression. In addition, lifestyle changes such as empty nest syndrome or caring for elderly parents can also affect women at this time in their lives.
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Menopausal symptoms can also be worsened by stress. In a six year study published in Menopause, hot flushes were linked to stress and anxiety.