TIME TO CHILL

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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.

Me Time

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.

You Time

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

Pri­ori­tise your­self!

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