TIME TO CHILL
If the idea of a women’s health retreat offering natural solutions for the menopause at a luxury spa seems extravagant, think again.
“The menopause is the most important time in your life to be strict about giving yourself metime,” says Ali Cullen, nutritional therapist. “You should prioritise your health and stop rushing around looking after everybody else.”
Dr Mullin agrees. “Taking time to relax, especially when you are not feeling your best because of menopause symptoms, is the sensible thing to do.”
If you don’t take time to chill and break the vicious circle, stress symptoms can worsen. You can also increase risks of long-term health problems such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and osteoporosis.
“Stress increases production of ‘fight and flight’ hormones by the adrenal glands, which stops them producing androgens that have weak oestrogenic and progesterone effects that buffer and ease the menopausal fall in hormone production,” explains Ali.
This can be for anything that calms and relaxes you. It doesn’t have to be anything major. It could be something familiar like a relaxing bath, or going for a walk outside (daylight triggers production of hormones that help you sleep), a massage, or trying acupuncture which some studies suggest can alleviate hot flushes. It might be reading or listening to music, doing a jigsaw puzzle or a crossword.
If you find that you have become irritable and angry with your partner, consider using your Me Time to take an anger management course or jointly see a relationship or psychosexual health counsellor.
Fit in some quiet time