A woman in menopause faces physical changes and new emotional realities. Although Eastern and Western disciplines disagree in the interpretations of stress response and their prescriptions for how to deal with it, recognition has grown in both disciplines that body and mind are intertwined, working together or against each other.
Menopause is a difficult time for every woman, but every woman must face it at some point. Approaching menopause with a positive attitude has been proven to reduce the likeliness of some menopausal symptoms like depression and anxiety.
Researching remedies and treatments is the best way to prepare for this stage of your life. This way, when it does happen, you're aware of what to expect and the best ways to deal with it.
Menopause is a natural process for a woman, not an illness. As a woman ages, there will be an expected slowing and ultimately shutdown in the reproductive cycle and system. This is normal. However, most of the menopause symptoms are indications of underlying hormonal imbalance or damage to the body from poor eating habits, stress, obesity and other factors.
Common first symptoms of menopause for women are:
* Irregular menstrual cycles
* Lumpy or tender breasts
* Fibroid tumors
* Mood swings
* Sleep problems
* Anxiety and depression
* Inability to handle stress
* Hot flashes and night sweats
* Vaginal dryness
* Weight gain
During menopause, hormones fluctuate and this can cause mood swings and even depression. People who are depressed often have a low level of serotonin in their brain. Eating carbohydrates can help to bring up your serotonin levels and ease the depression. Go for bagels, whole grain breads and cereals. And Omega 3 essential fatty acids such as those found in salmon, are great for alleviating depression.
Along with night sweats, these are probably the menopause symptoms that women hate most. Waking up several times at night in a pool of sweat is not fun. Hot flashes can make you feel unwell, be embarrassing at work, make it difficult to get to sleep, and can drive you nuts.
As estrogen levels go down during the menopause, fat in the body redistributes itself, unfortunately settling around the stomach. Muscle mass also decreases, which slows down your metabolism and can result in your weight going up. Cut down your fat intake and aim to avoid saturated fats. Broil and grill food instead of frying and if you do fry, use a little olive oil. If you are retaining water, drinking water will help to flush out your system and may help to increase your metabolism. And nothing boosts your metabolism like exercise!