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Menopause: Five Crucial Ways to Cope

Going through menopause can be a trying time for every woman. From hot flashes to mood swings, lack of sleep to changes to your body… It can feel like a lot. When these symptoms come on all of a sudden, it can be tough to know how to handle them and if there really is anything you can do to feel like yourself again.

Fortunately, all hope is not lost. There are steps you can take towards managing your symptoms and taking back some power over your own body. Here are some tips and tricks for the hard days.

Keep the Fire Burning

A drastic decrease in libido, alongside other sexual complications, are some of the biggest issues associated with menopause. However, just because you’re ageing, doesn’t mean you don’t still have needs when it comes to intimacy.

There are ways around these problems, and you can certainly still enjoy sex after menopause – it just takes a little effort. Make more time for intimate moments, be willing to try new things, communicate with your partner, and consider seeking help from MiddlesexMD resources.

Don’t Be Afraid to Ask For Help

Using medication is not an act of admitting defeat – it’s an act of self-love. If you’re you’re willing to supplement with hormones, there are various treatments you could try out, and even natural supplements that could assist you with various symptoms.

Of course, hormone replacement therapy is a treatment that could alleviate multiple symptoms at once by addressing the root cause, but treating symptoms individually might work best for some people.

Prioritise Sleep

Losing sleep is something that goes hand-in-hand with menopausal women, especially when they suffer from hot flashes at night. Making sleep a priority is even more important during these years of your life.

Keep yourself cool at night with a cooling pad in your bed, air conditioning, and by taking a shower before you sleep to help regulate your body temperature. You can also try yoga, meditation, sleep supplements, and a relaxing nighttime routine to help you catch those Z’s.

Start Tracking Symptoms

Symptom and trigger tracking is a great habit to implement when you’re going through menopause. Your symptoms, hot flashes especially, will often have triggers, and figuring out what those are could help you to avoid them.

Some common triggers are caffeine, alcohol, spicy food, stress and a general rise in the temperature around you.

Take Care of Your Health

Of course, a crucial part of getting through this time and still feeling your best is treating yourself well. Keeping up with a regular exercise routine and good diet will help you to manage your weight while your hormones are changing, and will generally keep you feeling more energised and strong.

The way you take care of your body will impact every facet of your life: your energy and sleep, your mental health, how you age, and more. There’s no better time to place a new focus on self-care in the form of nutrition and movement in order to feel better.

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