Tips for Managing Stress During Menopause
Nothing stabilizes menopausal symptoms better than ____________ and properly balanced progesterone.
Hi, I am Dr. Amy Rosenman, a urogynecologist and menopause expert with Rosenmanmd.com and today I am here on behalf of About.com to discuss tips for managing stress during menopause.Why would we be stressed during menopause? It is a perfectly normal time of life for every woman who lives to be 50 or beyond. But, there are changes that occur that can cause stress and distress such as hot flashes and night sweats, poor sleep, mood swings, family changes, children move out, husbands and partners retire or have health issues of their own. For all these reasons, many women need extra support during the transitional years known as menopause and peri-menopause. There are many strategies for managing stress during menopause.1. Make time to take care of yourself. Women are used to taking care of everyone else, often at the cost of making time for themselves. You need to make yourself a priority. Set aside time so as not to feel rushed.2. Get help with housework. There is no reason to do this alone. It is more fun and efficient to do it with your partner. It also makes you feel more valued.3. Meditate for 10 -15 minutes daily. It increases your sense of well-being.4. Make time for exercise. It is a difficult habit to establish at first, but if you tough it out for the first 4-6 weeks it will become a habit.5. Reduce your intake of alcohol to no more than 1 glass of wine, beer or spirits per day. Alcohol is a depressant, so moderation will improve moods.6. Eat well, avoid sugar and refined carbohydrates. When the blood sugar vacillates, it is accompanied by sugar "highs and lows." These can be avoided by eating plenty of protein, complex carbohydrates which are fruits and vegetables, and whole grains.7. Follow up on interests and hobbies that were put on hold until the kids were out of the house. Develop those interests and continue to develop as a person. The second part of life is just beginning.8. Consider professional psychopharmacologic help. There are some mood alterations that require professional medical help. It is out there. Support and medication should be considered. Just because you may be menopausal does not mean you may not have other issues as well that need attention. Get the help you deserve.9. Consider hormone replacement therapy. It is not for everyone, but a minority of women find it life-changing. Nothing stabilizes menopausal symptoms better than estrogen and properly balanced progesterone when appropriate.Thanks for watching and for more information, visit us online at About.com.