Surprising Hormone Miracle For A Better Night’s Sleep!
by Kathy Smith
Many women find that the time around menopause is stressful. This may be due to the hormonal changes, which often times result in symptoms such as hot flashes and disruptive sleep. Top that off with family and personal issues, such as: teenage children and aging parents, and stress can heighten even more during these years.
Stress affects not only our health but also our relationships, work performance, general sense of well-being, and quality of life. So, here are 6 things you can to to help manage stress during menopause:
1. Take A Walk
Exercise is a great way to reduce stress and stay healthy. Join a yoga class, bike or take a walk around the block! During perimenopause and menopause, women who walked at a moderate pace reported less stress, anxiety and depression during menopause than women who don’t. Remember, all forms of exercise will help to reduce stress and keep you healthy.
Share your concerns with a family member or a good friend…or even a healthcare professional. It was a lifesaver for me to be able to share experiences that so many other women were having. And of course, try to find a little bright light or humor in the process!
Take time every day to do something you really enjoy…whether it’s a massage, manicure, or soothing bath. Enjoy a good book, music, or a favorite hobby. Find a creative outlet by enrolling in an art or music program to help soothe your mind and relax your body.
Adequate sleep is necessary for alert functioning. You want to shoot to get 7 ½ hours a night to make sure you’re well-rested to handle the challenges and stresses of the day.
5. Get A Dose Of D
Incorporating a healthy diet with plenty of vitamin D and calcium will help fend of weight gain. A well-rounded diet includes eating nutritious meals with healthy snacks, including fresh fruits, fish, nuts, lean protein and of course, lots of vegetables! This will help manage blood sugar levels and keep your thoughts clear and your energy up!
6. Laugh, laugh and laugh some more!
Don’t forget to laugh and smile at every opportunity! It will pick up your spirits and help put life into perspective.
Kathy Smith, New York Times bestselling author, has stood at the forefront of the fitness and health industries for over 30 years. The numbers speak for themselves: Kathy has sold more than 20 million exercise DVDs - landing her in the Video Hall of Fame - and $500 million in Kathy Smith products. With her revolutionary approach to fitness, Smith has touched millions of people, inspiring them to move, live, and love.