Tips to help you reduce stress

During menopause, when you are experiencing a major change in your life, you need to be able to share your concerns. Don’t bottle it up. Talk about your problems with someone you trust whether it’s your partner, family or friends. You can also get support via an online community.

Speaking to a professional coach or counsellor in a neutral setting could also be a helpful way to understand the life changes that you are experiencing.

Exercise

As a woman ages, her risk of osteoporosis increases. Exercise is a brilliant way to reduce this risk, it helps to keep your bones strong and your joints supple. Exercising also releases the ‘feel good’ hormones known as endorphins, which can help to relieve depression and anxiety. Even if you’re not ready for the gym, you can go for a weekend walk, do the gardening, or even get off the bus a stop earlier.

Do something you enjoy

It’s a woman’s nature to take care of her loved ones before she takes care of herself. However, it’s important to acknowledge that it’s impossible to give your best when you’re not feeling your best.

Menopause is the perfect time to start making new resolutions to put your needs first, to make time for yourself to relax and do things that you enjoy-whether that’s going to the cinema, dancing, shopping, taking a class to learn a new skill, or simply meeting your friends for lunch or tea. Remember - you’re important too. And, just like they advise on airplanes, taking care of yourself first before helping others isn’t selfish, it’s the most sensible and productive thing you can do!

Get enough sleep

It is not unusual for women to suffer from insomnia during menopause, partly because of night sweats, and partly due to anxiety or stress. Unfortunately, lack of sleep then increases the stress factor, causing the cycle to continue. LadyCare can help you get a good night’s sleep but we recommend that you also get into a bedtime routine. Here are some tips:

- Go to bed at a regular time
- Keep your bedroom for sleep – no TV or work!
- Avoid alcohol and chocolate before bed.
- Make sure you have enough time to wind down before going to bed.
- Have a warm (not hot) bath
- Try relaxation techniques

Our tips on lifestyle choices to help ease your transition through the menopause are general guidelines, and not a substitute for medical advice from your GP or other medical professional.