Most women dread menopause and the symptoms it brings. It doesn't have to be a big deal, though. Here are eight things you can to do make this transitory time easier.
1. Eat healthily. Hormones are influenced by your diet, so it is extremely important to eat the right foods at this time. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, drink lots of water, eat whole grains, and avoid sugars and processed foods. Your metabolism may slow down, so eat smaller meals more frequently to avoid gaining too much weight or spiking your blood sugar.
2. Evaluate your priorities. Menopause comes at the same time as many other life changes. Children are grown and careers have settled in. Do you like where you are? Are you happy? Are you doing what you want to do with your life? If your physical symptoms are bothering you, consider the fact that they might be influenced by your emotional state, as well. Take care of yourself, and you may find that your symptoms diminish. A therapist can help you work through any questions and concerns you may have at this time.
3. Don't suffer needlessly. Most symptoms can be managed through medications and hormone therapy. Visit your doctor frequently to get proper menopause treatment.
4. Take high-quality vitamins. Make sure you are taking plenty of Vitamin D, folic acid, calcium, magnesium, and omega-3s.
5. Look good. While you are aging, you can age gracefully. Looking good will help you feel confident through these changes. Exfoliate your skin, find clothes that fit you well, lose excess weight, and enjoy the stage you are in.
6. Trust your instincts. Every woman is different, and what works for one person may not work for another. Listen to your body, and give it what it needs. Be patient with yourself while you go through these changes. You will be guided to what you need to do.
7. Try some herbs. Black cohosh, flaxseed, red clover, wild yam, ginseng, and St. John's wort may help control your symptoms.
8. Exercise. You might be tired of hearing this, but it really will help. It will increase your metabolism, release endorphins, lower stress, and balance your hormones. Walking, biking, jogging, swimming, yoga, rebounding, zumba -- find something that is fun for you and that doesn't feel like "exercise." Start with just a few minutes a day if you are out of shape, and slowly work up to longer periods of time. You will notice a big difference in only a few weeks.
As you do these eight things, you will be able to thrive through this period of your life. Good luck!
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