Stress is something that affects all of us in our lives particularly women. Surveys show 73% of women suffer stress. It’s especially common at the time of the menopause when you’re clinging on by your fingernails for so many other reasons.
With this in mind, in this week’s ‘Weekly Wisdom’, I want to tell you 6 ways that you can bust through the stress you’re feeling.
- Try relaxation: The first thing to do is stand back and go do a bit of relaxation. You can use apps such as Pzizz or Headspace to help you with this. Just take yourself off into a room and do some meditation to help yourself feel calmer.
- Take herbs to help: There are also some adaptogenic herbs, such as Rhodiola, Ashwagandha, Holy Basil that come in pills or drops. Don’t take them all at once, but you can try to experiment with different ones to see what helps.
- Nourish your body: Taking multi-vitamins and minerals is important because you need to replenish your body. We know that during the menopause, women very often have low levels of important nutrients, and you need to boost those through your diet as well. Eating a wholesome diet is very important, eating little and often so you receive a constant supply of good nutrients going through to your brain and nervous system.
- Get up and get going: Exercise is a great stress buster. If you’re feeling stressed get up and get moving, go for a run, dance, try yoga, go hiking, take a class at your gym, swim. It doesn’t matter what you do as long as you’re getting your feel-good hormones rushing around your system.
- Laugh: Laughter is so important to bring some joy into your life. In fact, Laughter Yoga is a form of exercise that promotes the use of laughter to release stress. The idea is to laugh for no reason, faking it until it becomes real. If that doesn’t appeal to you, how about going to see a friend, watch a funny movie or just do something that makes you laugh.
- Sleep: The other thing that helps with stress is making sure that you’re getting enough sleep. I know that’s sometimes difficult when you’re going through the menopause, so if you do find it hard to sleep, you can maybe take some valerian in the night to help you relax or try the Pzizz app, specifically aimed at sleep.
If you would like to find out more about what’s going on in your body as you hit the menopause feel free to join my free menopause Masterclass. I will be explaining the changes that occur and how to overcome your symptoms without resorting to drugs or hormones