Take time to relax you deserve it
Posted on 13th September 2023 at 20:11
Stress is a common cause for many of the symptoms we experience of the the menopause. Menopause is a natural phase of life when a woman's body undergoes significant hormonal changes. Unbalanced hormones & stress can lead to a range of physical and emotional symptoms that effect our health and well-being.
Hormonal changes associated with menopause can disrupt the body's internal balance. Estrogen, in particular, plays a role in mood regulation, so a decrease in estrogen levels can contribute to mood swings, irritability, confusion, anxiety and increased stress.
Physical Symptoms: Menopause can bring about various physical symptoms such as hot flushes, night sweats, sleep issues, low energy fatigue, hair loss, changes in the way we look. These symptoms can lead to chronic stress especially if they have an effect on our sleep and daily activities.
Emotional Change: The menopausal transition is often accompanied by psychological factors such as anxiety, grief about the changes in our body, concerns about aging These emotions can contribute to stress due to uncertainty about the future.
Purpose: During the Menopause we often have big changes in our life, such as children leaving the home (empty nest syndrome), career transitions, or caring for aging parents. All of these factors cause us extra stress and contribute to how we feel and what symptoms that we experience during menopause.
Body Image and Self-Esteem: Changes in body composition, including weight gain and alterations in skin and hair, can affect self-esteem and body image. This, too, can be a source of stress for women during menopause.
Things that you can do during this time to help manage stress during the menopause:
Movement and exercise: Physical activity can help reduce stress and improve mood. Activities like yoga, walking, swimming, and meditation are particularly beneficial. Exercise dose not need to be extreme during this time as this can cause more stress to the body. Moving, listening and doing something you enjoy will help you to move your body and feel good about yourself.
Healthy Diet: Eating a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins can support overall well-being. Limiting sugar, caffeine and alcohol intake can also help manage stress.
Relaxation: Relaxation is one of the key parts of stress reduction we tend to miss out due to feeling the need to live a busy lifestyle. Practices such as mindfulness, deep breathing exercises, reading, reflexology, massage, aromatherapy, facial routine, listening to music are all great ways to relax and re- energise.
Adequate Sleep: Prioritize good sleep, have a sleep routine. Try to get 7 to 8 hours quality sleep. A well-rested body helps to lower stress and helps us carry out our daily activities.
Support & Social Lifestyle: Sharing concerns with friends, family, or a support group can provide emotional relief. Connecting with others who are experiencing similar challenges can be especially comforting.
Professional Help: If stress becomes overwhelming and interferes with daily life, speak to a doctor, councillor or practitioner that will be able to help you through your journey.
Hormone Therapy: In some cases, hormone replacement therapy (HRT) may be recommended by a health care provider to alleviate severe menopause symptoms, which can indirectly reduce stress.
Holistic Therapies: Can help to reduce stress, give you much needed time to help you to step away from your busy lifestyle to focus on you, relax, reconnect with yourself and rejuvenate. A holistic practitioner looks at your health and well-being as a whole and can offer lifestyle advice to help you live a happier, healthier lifestyle during the menopause. Lowering stress in the body can help reduce many of the symptoms of the menopause.
Do not go through this journey alone. There are so many professionals that can help you through your journey of the menopause.
Please feel free to contact me on 01453 755813 if you would like to talk more about how holistic therapies can help you during the menopause.
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