By Dr. Angela Gala
According to the North American Menopause Society (NAMS), as many as 80% of women will experience at least one symptom of perimenopause. With such a high percentage of women experiencing symptoms, you may be wondering what options are available to help you feel like yourself again. The good news is that there are a number of things you can do to manage your symptoms and help minimize their impact on your day-to-day life. Here are four natural ways to overcome perimenopausal symptoms.
1. Manage Your Stress Levels
During perimenopause, it’s not uncommon for women to feel more anxious and stressed than usual. If you’re finding yourself more on edge than normal, it’s important to find ways to manage your stress levels. Taking some time for yourself each day to relax and unwind can make a big difference. Experiment with different relaxation techniques until you find one that works for you. Whether it’s reading, listening to music, or taking a yoga class, finding an activity that helps you relax and de-stress will go a long way in managing your perimenopausal symptoms.
2. Eat a Healthy Diet
What you eat can have a direct impact on how you’re feeling both physically and mentally. During perimenopause, it’s important to eat a healthy diet that includes plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein. Avoiding processed foods and sugary snacks will also help minimize hot flashes and night sweats. Eating regular meals throughout the day will also help stabilize your energy levels and mood swings.
3. Get Plenty of Sleep
It’s no secret that getting enough sleep is essential for overall health and well-being. When you’re going through perimenopause, it’s even more important to get ample rest each night. Aim for seven to eight hours of sleep each night and create a bedtime routine that helps you wind down before turning in for the night. Avoid watching television or working on your laptop in bed as the bright light can interfere with falling asleep.
4. Exercise Regularly
Exercise is an excellent way to manage stress levels, improve moods, and boost energy levels—all things that can be helpful during perimenopause. A moderate amount of exercise each day will do wonders for your physical and mental health. If you’re new to exercise, start slow with some gentle walking or swimming and gradually increase the intensity of your workouts as you become more comfortable.
If you’re currently going through perimenopause, know that you’re not alone—and there are things you can do to naturally overcome your symptoms! Managing stress levels, eating a healthy diet, getting enough sleep, and exercising regularly are all great ways to help minimize the impact of menopause on your life. Try incorporating some or all of these tips into your daily routine and see how much they help!
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