The dreaded word menopause has become like a four letter curse word in my house. Any reference to my menopause symptoms causes my hubby to cringe. “Are you sure that’s what it is” is the question he often asks. The CHANGE as I call it has started.
At 48 years young I am experiencing many of the signs. Mood swings, digestion issues, night sweats and dry skin to name a few. Every day I notice something new and I wonder when will this end.
What is Menopause
Menopause is natural process that occurs when a woman ceases to have a menstrual cycle. It typically happens when a woman is in her mid to late 40’s or early 50’s. This time in a woman’s life can cause disruptions as you seek to understand what is happening within your body.
The most obvious symptom of menopause is not having a period for up to 12 months. This indicates that a woman’s ovaries are no longer producing estrogen or progesterone.This can happen naturally or when a woman has had a hysterectomy or other procedure to stop the ovaries from producing these hormones. Prior to the absence of a period, many women may experience several other symptoms.
Ways to incorporate self-care into your daily routine!
1. Drink lots of water
Even when you aren’t thirsty drink up! Increasing your water intake will help to replace the fluids that are lost from hot flashes. It will also help to help to keep your skin clear from acne while also keeping your digestive system regular. It’s been said that women should drink at least 8- 8oz glasses of water a day. If you don’t like the taste of water, you can add lemon or lime to improve it.
Get up and get moving! As your metabolism slows down, you are more likely to gain weight. Exercising regularly will help relieve both menopausal and stress symptoms. Walking or jogging daily at least 30 minutes a day will get your heart pumping. Yoga and meditation will help to calm your mind while eliminating some symptoms. Any form of exercise done regularly will aid in you maintaining a healthy weight.
3. Eat a healthy diet
Green leafy veggies should be your best friend. Rich in fiber and many vitamins, adding these vegetables will improve digestive health and lower risk of osteoporosis.
Sleep is the best medication! Maintaining a nightly schedule will help you to get adequate sleep and decrease symptoms of anxiety and difficulty in concentration. Sleep in loose clothing to keep your body cool just in case a heat flash decides to show up. Sleeping with a furry companion also helps!
5. Embrace the Change
Menopause is a natural transition for women and while it will affect your life, having a positive attitude will help you embrace it and enjoy the process.