7 Tips To Help You Through the Menopause Transition
Yumhee Park | Sept 9, 2015
Many women don’t realize that the menopausal transition actually spans several years. This period of time is one of significant changes to a woman’s body. While hot flashes and meno-pot (belly fat) get the headlines, there are a number of steps you can take to make this transition easier.
Be picky about what you eat
Start putting as much focus on nutrition as you do on calories. Your body is going through a major change and you need to properly fuel your body. While an occasional splurge is okay, you’ll look and feel better as you age if regularly opt to make healthier food choices. Also, check in with your body to determine if specific foods still agree with you.
The menopausal transition is a time when many women feel like their memory is slipping. That’s often not the case, but our hormonal changes, stress and difficulty sleeping – along with the demands of 24/7 technological culture – fragment our attention span. Therefore, practicing mindfulness can help you maintain your focus.
Exercise is an important component of a healthy life. However, as we age, the type of exercise we do may change. Women may no longer want – or be able – to participate in exercises that pound their joints. However, you still want to exercise in ways that strengthen the heart and bones. Therefore, try different fitness styles to see what works best for you at this stage of life.
Focus on your balance
We take our balance for granted, but by the time we reach middle age, this ability may have declined. That skill is important to maintain since Therefore, try Dr. Christiane Northrup’s exercises or take classes that encourage balance, such as tai chi or yoga. Also, be sure to remove items from your living area that could cause you to fall.
Nurture strong relationships
This time of life often is when children are grown and leaving the nest while elderly parents are facing health issues. Therefore, it’s really important to identify and make time for family members and friends who provide support and encouragement. This people also are important not only for your mental state but also for the health of your brain.
Studies show that getting out in nature helps control stress levels so women going through menopause can benefit from spending time with the flora and fauna. Try gardening, hiking, biking, walking the dog, sitting outside with your morning coffee or enjoying a picnic lunch. To bring nature inside, try aromatherapy, potted plants, opening drapes and photos of outdoor scenes.
Enjoy your Zs!
Many women experience sleep difficulties due to night sweats, insomnia or sleep-disordered breathing. Hormone replacement therapy may help, but comes with some health risks. Try lifestyle choices, such as stress reduction, keeping a dark room, dressing in lightweight clothes, keeping the room cool, and avoiding caffeine, alcohol and large meals before bedtime.