The next time the hot flashes, night sweats and moodiness of menopause start to get the better of you, b-r-e-a-t-h-e. According to Harvard University’s Benson-Henry Institute, practicing deep breathing, meditation, prayer, yoga or other relaxation techniques can reduce stress and significantly improve overall health. And that translates to menopause, too.
There are plenty of programs to help you achieve zen, from apps like Headspace to the four-minute meditation to ease and prevent menopause symptoms created by the Mayo Clinic Center for Integrative and Complementary Medicine.
But simple stress relievers can work, too. Holly DuBrey, RN, of Amberen Nurse Aid, often recommends carving out 20 minutes a few times a week to sit quietly and reflect. Listen to soft music, if you need help calming down your mind. “Music will take our mind off of stuff,” she says. “That way, you can relax and won’t fret that there are dishes in the sink.”
It also helps if you follow totally doable but powerful healthy mental practices, such as the ones touted by Leslee Kagan, MS, FNP, director of the Menopause and Infertility Programs at Harvard’s Mind/Body Medical Institute. They include filling your mind with positive thoughts, laughing more, making time for yourself, connecting with girlfriends and being mindful of the moment you’re in.
Bottom line is to be proactive, as a proactive mindset leads to actions, and actions lead to purpose, and purpose is life!