Menopause, like many other women’s health issues, tends to have a different effect on every woman. Some women will struggle greatly with this big life change; other women may experience little or nothing in the way of symptoms.
It’s no wonder that most women do experience symptoms, however. Your body is changing dramatically. As you get older, your ovaries stop producing estrogen and progesterone. You’re going to probably have irregular periods, difficulty sleeping, mood swings, hot flashes, and more.
There are many things you can do to help deal with menopause. There are five major lifestyle concerns you need to address if you want to ease the symptoms of menopause as you enter the next great stage of your life cycle:
- Pay close attention to your diet. If you’re not particularly knowledgeable about nutrition, it’s time to become so. Learn to eat a balanced diet. It will help with energy level (a common problem for women in menopause). Watch out for things like alcohol and caffeine, which can impact your sleep habits, too.
- Quit smoking. If you smoke, quit. You know all of the other health problems it can cause, of course. Smoking can also cause a number of menopause-related issues, such as triggering hot flashes, irritating your already-sensitive bladder, and even contribute to weakening of your bones.
- Get active. It’s not too late to start a regular exercise regimen. Moderate exercise of just 30 minutes a day will lengthen your life, improve or help keep your weight in line, let you sleep better, and help keep your mood stable, as well.
- Get control of your weight. If you’re overweight, work toward getting down to a healthy weight. It can actually reduce your hot flashes, and can help with your overall health.
- Control stress. Learn about ways to control stress. Exercise will help, but meditation, yoga, and other techniques can help as well. Less stress makes you better able to handle the symptoms of menopause.
Few women would describe menopause as a “fun” experience, but if you follow these 5 tips you’ll be able to lessen some of the negative impact.