December 13, 2022
How To Navigate Menopause Successfully
Most women will go through menopause between the ages of 45 and 55. Although most women will experience this time in their life, the difficulties can catch them off-guard and if you’re going through this now, you may be surprised at some of the symptoms.
Fortunately, there are many things you can do to alleviate the challenges that menopause brings.
Here’s how to navigate this period of your life successfully.
Offset Your Bone Loss
Menopause means up to 20% of bone loss, putting you at a much larger risk for osteoporosis. This is a disease where your bones will weaken and you’ll be more at risk of fractures.
Managing menopause means offsetting this loss. You can do this by adjusting your diet so that it’s rich in calcium and Vitamin D. Things to include are:
- Fatty fish
- Orange juice
- Soy milk
There are many more, so do your research and find recipes that work for you to avoid osteoporosis.
Consider Hormone Replacement Therapy
If you’re going through menopause and experiencing a lot of hot flashes, this is likely due to a decrease in estrogen. This is one of the most common symptoms of menopause, but you don’t have to suffer through it.
Your doctor might see fit to prescribe you hormone replacement therapy to get your estrogen levels back up and decrease your hot flashes. Make sure you talk to them about these symptoms if they’re affecting you.
Some women will see an increase in depression and anxiety, which can be a scary time for older women who have never experienced this before — or even those who have. When navigating menopause, you need to be aware of your mood and act if it gets too low.
There are many natural things that can improve your mental health. Make sure you eat a balanced diet, get some light exercise in, and go for a walk for some outdoor time.
If you’re struggling, your doctor may be able to prescribe antidepressants or you can find a therapist.
Give Yourself Grace
The most important thing to do when navigating menopause is to give yourself grace. This is a difficult time for any woman and while you might feel frustrated with the symptoms that never seem to end, doing your research and understanding what’s going on can help.
It will reassure you life with menopause is temporary and there are many things you can do to make this time less challenging.
Menopause Won’t Last Forever
The most important thing to remember is that menopause won’t last forever. Treat the symptoms as they appear, be kind to yourself, and remind yourself that this doesn’t last forever — and if you keep up a good diet and take care of yourself, there may be very few lasting effects of this time in your life.