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MEDITATION & MINDFULNESS Vs MENOPAUSE
WHAT IS MENOPAUSE AND WHEN DOES IT OCCUR?
Menopause is the female body’s way of moving into the next cycle of life. The golden years, as they are sometimes referred to. For some women the symptoms can start in their mid 30’s, this is known as pre-menopause. Full menopause symptoms generally occur around 45-55. Some women feel sad that they are no longer able to bear children, while others embrace the loss of their menstrual cycle.
It’s the natural cycle of maturity and I personally feel, one that is to be embraced in its wholeness. I suffered with pre-menopause from my early 30’s, but not with all the symptoms, thankfully. Now into my 50’s and it’s all done & dusted… I get the occasional night sweats but have learnt to breathe through them, so they are not a problem. Many women suffer with the effects well into their late 60’s and sometimes beyond. This potentially means 30+ years of suffering .. WHO WANTS TO GO THROUGH THAT? I have watched many women REALLY SUFFER through it, and I made a conscious decision a long time ago, that I was not going to suffer like them and I haven’t. So I’d like to share my secret with you.
Below is a checklist of symptoms and how to alleviate them, so you too can learn to embrace & breeze through menopause.
• Irregular menstrual cycles (pre-menopause) full stop during menopause.
• Decreased libido and/or decreased stimulation
• Night sweats, Hot flashes
• Bladder function issues (need to go more often, not as much or not being able to hold it)
• Emotional changes - Mood swings, Depression, Anxiety
• Vaginal dryness and itching
• Short term memory loss
• Joint pain & Headaches
• Excess wind & bloating
• Endometriosis (can occur anytime from the age of 15+ and while there is no concrete evidence that this intensifies as we get closer to menopause, it is recommended that you seek medical advice)
WAYS TO REDUCE THE EFFECTS
The art of mindfulness can help alleviate your reaction to certain situations during mood swings and suffering with the emotional changes your body is going through. Be gentle with yourself, love & nurture the changes within. Don’t beat yourself up over the way you may have reacted towards loved ones, friends or work colleagues. Just be mindful of the fact of what caused it & resolve to take a deep breath before reacting again.
Meditation can help us to remain calm, centred and balanced through the ‘change of life’. A lot of people tell me they can’t meditate because their mind is to full of chatter, but there is a solution. Instead of trying to block out the ‘monkey-mind’ thoughts – use my AAR (sounds like Ahhh, relief) method. Allow, Acknowledge and Release. Allow the thoughts to enter, acknowledge their existence and release them by thanking them and saying (mentally) “you are not part of this exercise". Then you can come back to your meditation object, 5-10 minutes a day is all it takes. The more you practice, the easier it becomes.
Nutrition is important during this time as you will need to detox your body (I don’t mean the harsh detox plans out there, but a simple change in diet). By consuming whole fresh foods, herbs and increase your Amino Acid intake, you can alleviate many symptoms and pain associated with bodily changes. Add plenty of water to your new eating plan (1-2 litres a day) to help oxygenate the blood and increase flow. This also aids with the practice of meditation.
Exercise is paramount to decrease the risk of osteoporosis. While exercising in the sun increases the level of Vitamin D for bone strength, so a 20 minute walk, morning or afternoon, or even by just increasing your outdoor activities, this can be taken care of, as long as you keep moving those joints.
HRT and other medications are widely available through your GP or local Pharmacy, but if you're like me, you won’t like putting chemicals into your body, so why not try the natural way first?
Luv, Lite and Angel blessings
*In no way is this to be taken as medical advice, it is a natural method of healing. If you have any concerns at all, please seek medical advice from your GP or Pharmacist.