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Coping with the symptoms of Menopause

Coping with the symptoms of Menopause

Some women sail through the menopause without much trouble, however, many others do not.  Hot flushes, sweating, mood swings, sleepless nights, memory problems, irritability and depression are all symptoms associated with the menopause and can affect you, with varying degrees, for years!

There are a number of complementary methods that can help reduce symptoms and help reduce the stress associated with feeling out of sorts for a long period.

Hot flushes can be helped by a combination of the following: cutting out tea and coffee and having herbal drink in the evening, keep your room cool by opening a window or using a fan, dab your face with cool water, wear loose cotton clothing, cotton sheets and pyjamas, sip cool drinks and cut down on alcohol. 

Eating healthily can help with menopause symptoms in general, specifically cutting out refined sugar and reducing wheat intake.  You should eat at least 5 portions of fruit and veg a day as these provide a vital source of vitamins and minerals.  Make sure you get enough calcium, vitamin D and protein.  Protein is more important as we get older, it helps the body recover from illness and infections, and can be found in eggs, lean meat, fish and beans.  Fat is essential in our diets but saturated fat can increase the amount of cholesterol in our blood leading to problems in later life.  Supplementing with minerals, vitamins and herbs can also help balance hormone levels. A qualified Nutritional Therapist will be able to assist you with this.

Sleeping better so you wake up feeling refreshed rather than shattered will help you cope with menopause symptoms more effectively.  Do not exercise within a couple of hours of going to bed or you may be too wide awake to sleep.  Go to bed around the same time each night and do not use back lit mobile devices as these will keep you awake longer.  Have cotton sheets on the bed which are cooler than synthetic ones.  

Relaxation techniques can help our irritability and mood swings – mindfulness meditation concentrating on the here and now is beneficial as are breathing exercises.  Acupuncture is very often used as relaxation therapy and can restore the positive energy in our body.  Homeopathic treatments have been demonstrated to benefit women with the symptoms of menopause. Homeopathy therapistsskills are that you can meet with someone who looks at the whole of your symptoms spending the time to go through the various concerns and causes.

If you would like advice on how complementary therapies can help during the menopause, please contact us.

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