What can you do to manage menopause? Lifestyle factors, including attitude and mindfulness, are known to help reduce negative symptoms. Medical interventions are also available so seek medical assistance if required. However, five simple life-style steps to start with are:
- Diet- have less caffeine, garlic, chilli, fatty foods and alcohol, and the heat intensity of those power surges will reduce
- Stress – actively manage stress to lower the stress hormone cortisol which goes up during menopause
- Sleep – whilst broken sleep is a common symptom, a good sleep routine and relaxation will help keep your energy charged
- Exercise – physical fitness helps your body reduce and manage the body-side effects of less oestrogen, and lowers stress and assists with sleep
- Attitude – embrace the change, a positive attitude makes a big difference so accept it is a natural stage – just like puberty- and make new goals for yourself and set about achieving them.
Read the full blog post by Dr Nicola Gates here. Dr Nicola Gates is a regular Guest Speaker at Golden Door and will be facilitating a “Mindful Brain, Changing your Mind and Changing your Brain” Specialty Retreat 13-15 March 2015, for more information click here.
By Dr Nicola Gates, Clinical Neuropsychologist, Psychologist PhD http://www.brainandmindpsychology.com/
Nicola runs her own Brain and Mind Psychology boutique clinic in Sydney Level 4, Suite 407, 185 Elizabeth Street, Sydney, NSW, 2000