Natural Menopause Therapies & Advice
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 healthy changes in their diet and lifestyle to help maintain their physical and emotional equilibrium, as well as support their body in adapting to the changing rhythms of this natural mid-life transition.
Some of these changes involve using natural menopause therapies such as LadyCare, whilst others focus on diet and exercise, relaxation, meditation, or simply taking time to do whatever 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. These also provide great ways to relax, de-stress and treat yourself to some valuable “me” time.
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 counselor in a neutral setting could also be a helpful way to understand the life changes that you are experiencing. You can also get support via online communities, such as LadyCare’s Facebook page.
Yoga is becoming an increasingly popular activity for women seeking help with managing the stress of menopause. Apart from massaging your internal organs and keeping your body lithe and supple, certain yoga poses are thought to relieve anxiety, hot flashes, irritability and insomnia. To help you get started, here’s an article about yoga and a video offering seven poses for menopause relief.
Meditation and deep breathing techniques
Meditation can be another effective way to handle stress as it reduces cortisol, which is a stress hormone. Studies show that, if practiced for as few as ten minutes each day, meditation can also help you decrease anxiety, improve mood, achieve a greater capacity for relaxation and aid sleep.
As a woman ages, her risk of osteoporosis increases. Exercise is a brilliant way to help keep your bones strong and your joints supple. It also reduces stress by releasing endorphins the “feel good” hormones. * 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 thing you can do!
Get enough sleep
Many women 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 and exercise to help ease your transition through menopause are general guidelines, and not a substitute for medical advice from your GP or other medical professional.