Menopause usually occurs in women between the early 40s to the early 50s, and starts about a year after the last menstrual cycle. It is the end of the menstrual cycle altogether. It is a natural occurring process, and even though it ends the fertility stage of a woman’s life, you can live a healthy, vital normal life. Many women feel relieved because they don’t have to worry about the menstrual cycle, or about getting pregnant, but it can bring on a feeling of loss and depression.
Fortunately there are things a woman can do to stay healthy, and alleviate some of the stress and anxiety of this inevitable phase:
- Irregular periods, these are a good sign of the beginning of menopause
- Hot flashes and night sweats
- Trouble sleeping
- Mood swings
- Possible weight gain by a slowed metabolism
There are also some other things that may occur like thinning hair, dry skin, and vaginal dryness.
How to Stay Healthy
Here is a list of 5 tips to help you stay healthy during this phase in your life:
Your diet plays a very important part in staying healthy, but there are certain things a woman should be aware of during the menopause stage of life.
Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, but try to limit sugary fruits. You will need to have a lot of calcium and fiber in your diet during this time of your life.
Foods to avoid include junk, or processed foods. You should also avoid sugary or spicy foods. These foods can facilitate the hot flashes and night sweats.
Drink plenty of water, and avoid caffeinated drinks like coffee, some teas, and soda. Avoid drinking alcohol, and be careful of the sugar content in juices.
Get plenty of exercise, this will help your metabolism, and relieve stress. Exercise can also help you sleep better, and getting plenty of rest is on this list.
You do not need to buy a gym membership; if you are into fitness, then you already have that covered, but if you are not into fitness, a little walking and some stretching for about 20 – 30 minutes a day should suffice.
3) Nutrition supplements
Vitamins can help you get the nutrients your changing body needs. They can replace lost minerals, and help you maintain a healthy active life.
Your doctor can run blood tests to see exactly what vitamins are right for you, and detect any vitamin deficiencies you may have.
Avoid self-diagnosis, and stay away from over the counter supplements without consulting your physician. You could end up taking the wrong things for your body’s needs; this could have an adverse affect on your health regimen.
4) Get Plenty of Rest
During menopause, there is going to be a lot of changes in your body, and in your mind. Some of the symptoms of menopause can bring about stress, anxiety, and depression. These are your mood swings, and these tips combined are designed to help you deal with these issues.
Meditation is a good practice for everyone, but it can help in dealing with the effects of menopause. Meditation sounds or music are great for helping the meditation exercise.
Try to avoid any extra stressful situations or thoughts. Let the world be, there is no sense in worrying or getting upset over minor family issues or the news.
Sex is also a good stress reliever, and can help you relax. There is no reason that you cannot enjoy an active sex life during this phase.
Pamper yourself with some massage and spa treatments; get your hair and nails done. Do whatever you enjoy, it is your time to spend on yourself.
Finally, find someone to talk to and confide in, talking things out is a great way to alleviate the stress of everyday life.
5) Consult your Physician
Just as your doctor can recommend vitamin supplements, they can also help you in understanding the process and effects of menopause.Your doctor can help you make a plan for all of the things above like diet and exercise. He can also recommend other services that you may want to take advantage of.