A hormotional rollercoaster…
Navigating your way through the menopause… and gaining back control.
As March 1st marks the beginning of Women’s History Month, and International Women’s Day is just a week later, we wanted to write about the menopause as even up to relatively recently, this would have been a taboo subject - how times have changed!
When doing our research, we realised just how many great blogs and helpful resources are out there now.
As this is such a huge topic, rather than writing our own piece, we decided to celebrate and share some of our favourites with you instead.
As Dr Tina Peers of The Menopause Consultancy Clinic says, “receiving the right advice at the right time can impact on both a woman’s quality of life and her health, now and in the future” - and we couldn’t agree more - it is all about finding that healthy life balance and what works for you.
“The secret of change is all about focusing your energy, not fighting the old, but on building the new”, from The Way of the Peaceful Warrior by Dan Millman, is a beautifully expression of encouraging new habits.
Have a read through our 5 tips on gaining back control of your mind and body. Get yourself out of the funk!
1) Boosting Circulation: There are several ways to get the blood pumping. You could try to move a bit more each day, even if it is as simple as a daily walk - do it - and then double up!
Caroline has recently started studying the Wim Hof regime, combining breathwork with a cold shower each day. The impact of the cold water boosts circulation by pumping blood through your arteries, capillaries and veins which helps the blood rush to our organs. This makes our hearts work that little bit harder, and believe it or not, only 10 days in, she now craves a daily dunk in freezing temperatures!
2) Regulating Mood Swings: Simple breathing techniques can help to regulate our mood. Check out this video from @thebreathingcollective in which Nate shares some simple tips on how to highjack the nervous system.
Exercise can also release endorphins throughout your body, which in turn can help reduce stress and anxiety, contributing to a sense of wellbeing and feelings of happiness and positivity.
3) Boosting the Immune System: Supplements are great to help boost your immune system and if you are really serious, plunging into cold water can do this too (see point 1) ! It works by shocking the body into producing more white blood cells and antioxidants which can help to keep you protected from a number of illnesses.
4) Getting More Sleep: Easier said than done… but getting a good night’s sleep is key to overall health, and especially important when your body is going through hormonal changes. We shared some great tips on sleep here which we hope are useful.
With the onset of menopause, many women are plagued with night sweats - if you are suffering, and being driven to distraction, try sleeping with a cold, wet facecloth next on the bedside table so that you can easily mop your brow and back of your neck for instant, cooling relief. If you are sleeping in humid conditions, hanging a wet towel over an open window provides a lovely, refreshing breeze.
5) Socialising: Something we have all lacked during Covid-19. The social aspect of meeting up with others helps to lift moods (even if it is via Zoom!) but just being outside in the fresh air has an instant benefit. A problem shared is a problem halved - hopefully soon we can walk together and talk together again! Click here for your countdown calendar (we know it says beer - but for beer, we read wine!)
“Nothing is impossible - the word itself spells I’m Possible” - Audrey Hepburn