Menopause can be a confusing, uncomfortable time for a woman, especially with all the body changes and mood swings. While for some women the transition is quite smooth, others find the symptoms too hard to deal with. You don’t have to suffer through this transitional phase in your life. Here are tips to get through menopause with a smile on your face.
Periods or menstruation is in a way a body’s defence mechanism. The hormone estrogen protects us from many diseases like osteoporosis, urinary tract infection and even heart-related ailments. So a woman should understand that she needs to take preventive measures as well as have isoflavone derivatives or any other medicines that are similar to estrogen before the damage is done.
Including Vitamin D3 supplements and flax seed in your diet can help to prevent your bones from becoming brittle. Look out for symptoms like hot flashes, irritability and mood swings. It is very important to start taking care of yourself right from the peri-menopausal age. It is tough to say, but the peri-menopausal stage could begin anywhere from the age of 42 to 50.
It may start with irregular period cycles and mood swings. One of the best ways to deal with it is by making dietary changes and exercising regularly. Cut down on carbohydrates and fats. Sugar, rice and starch should be avoided as well as your body will find it difficult to digest these. Eat smaller frequent meals to beat bloating, another sign that you are heading towards menopause or are already there.
“It is important to understand that your body has now started ageing and you need to start living as healthy as possible and not wait for damage,” Dr. Lalla says.
In addition to this, regular exercise helps your bones absorb calcium better.
Between the sheets
Hitting menopause is no reason to stop being sexually active. True, the vagina may not be as lubricated as it used to be, but there are estrogen and other non-hormonal creams available that will not only provide lubrication, but will reduce the burning sensation that comes with a dry vaginal opening. It also helps prevent urinary tract infection.
While that covers handling the physical symptoms of menopause, the psychological changes or the mood swings need to be handled with equal care. You may feel less of a woman once you stop menstruating. In most cases counselling helps, but at times, self-help is the best help.
If you start to feel depressed, angry, or think negative thoughts we recommend exercise. It will help elevate your mood as it increases endorphin levels that stabilise your mood. We also suggest including Vitamin B and D3 supplements as these too, act as mood elevators.
A new phase
Menopause is a stage in a woman’s life when the kids move out and you find nothing more to look forward to, especially if you’ve been a housewife and your entire life revolved around your family. You may even get frustrated looking at your husband’s career graph, which may be better than yours. This is a good time to divert your energy to other things like catching up with old friends or even making new friends.
Turning life around
Now could also be a good time to take up a new hobby, read all the books you’ve missed out on, take an art class, learning a new dance form or photography. It is also a good time to rekindle romance with your husband, as chances are you may have missed out on a few dates thanks to your packed schedules and the kids eating up your time.
You only have to look at it as another cycle in life. And not be under the impression that you have to suffer through it. It can be a very smooth, transition. Dressing up well and buying new outfits is a great way to feel good about yourself.
With these tips, menopause doesn’t have to be a nightmarish experience, but a beautiful transition into a new you.
Diet plays a major part
Eliminating or reducing certain foods in your diet can make a huge impact on dealing with menopausal symptoms. Follow the Manna Diet in the free e-book and take a supplement like the Manna Menopause Support to help increase estrogen levels the natural way without any side effects. This supplement contains isoflavones, Vitamin D and Calcium.