Meditating Through Menopause
Menopause is one of those inevitable processes women have to go through. While we’re much more aware today of what’s happening from the medical perspective, and while we know what causes the frequent mood swings, hot flashes and other symptoms, it’s not always easy to know just how to work through these symptoms.
One way to handle menopause is through meditation. Meditation can help to relieve menopause symptoms, and it doesn’t have to require a large amount of time or effort. Let’s take a look at what we know about meditation and menopause:
- A study at the University of Pennsylvania found some interesting data on meditation. Meditating for as little as 12 minutes per day was enough to help improve the mood and boost the working memory for Marines deployed overseas (arguably a condition not that different, emotionally, from pregnancy at times!)
- Meditation gives the menopausal woman a break during the day. All of the stressors, physical and emotional, that come with menopause can be overwhelming. They can create a constant feeling of stress, which then leads to things like memory loss, gaining weight and even a greater chance of osteoporosis.
- Meditation helps to reduce menopause stress by calming your mind and heart. A hormone secreted by the heart, atrial natriuretic peptide, affects the way your brain releases cortisol – a stress hormone. Every time your heart beats, it sends that signal. By slowing your heart beat, you’re actually causing your body to produce less cortisol and helping to control how your body responds to stress.
While it’s easy to talk about meditating, it can be challenging to find time to do it. The good news is that you can meditate almost anywhere, and all you need is 12 uninterrupted minutes a day. You can spend a few minutes during lunch simply resting your mind and body, listening to the things going on around you, and becoming at peace with your environment.
Many menopausal women choose to participate in group classes, such as yoga classes, that offer a meditative portion as well. Not only do you gain the benefit of meditation, you get the yoga workout as well.
So, what do you think? Have you started menopause? How do you deal with menopause stress?