In the past, HRT was seen as the catch-all route to sorting out hormones during menopause, but given concerns about HRT in recent years, many of us are looking at natural ways to balance hormones during menopause too.
As a woman, there is one thing you just can’t escape, and that’s your hormones. No matter your age, hormonal changes at certain times of the month are inevitable, and can leave you feeling a little ‘meh’. You may think that as you age, and your monthly cycle starts to decrease, or end completely, that things will get better, but the unfortunate fact is, that this is the time of your life when your hormones can be, for lack of a better word, a little crazy.
Of course every woman is unique, and therefore symptoms will differ from person to person, but symptoms such as hot flushes, mood swings and depression are usually something all women can share in to varying degrees.
It’s not all bad news though! Menopause means your time of heavy periods, PMS and those dreaded hormonal headaches are coming to an end. It’s also a time in a woman’s life that she feels her most self-confident and assured, and ready to face this beautiful new chapter in her life. Read this inspirational article any time you need a pick me up.
There are certainly a number of ways you can help to even out your fluctuating symptoms so that they are less irritating to your everyday life. Many doctors may put you on hormone replacement therapy or supplements, but why not try the natural route first? You may be surprised at how wonderful you can start to feel.
Reduce your stress
This may seem easier said than done, but because your hormones are already influencing your stress hormone, cortisol, it’s imperative to manage stress in order to stay balanced and focused in your day to day.
Meditation and yoga are two of our favourite ways to reduce stress, but they are not the only ways. Reducing stress means focusing less on negativity in your life, and channeling that energy towards something positive. Ask yourself a simple question; “What makes me happy, what do I love to do?”
We all have at least one thing that is our passion, something that transports us to a different place. For some it may be obvious, such as playing the piano or dancing, but for others it may be a little harder. You have spent many years taking care of your family, so you may have neglected yourself a little. Just dig deep and the answer will come to you. Maybe it’s something you have always wanted to do, and now can finally take the time to try it!
Simply find something you love, something that calms your monkey mind and puts a smile on your face, and be sure to do it every single day. Even 10 minutes, when you don’t have the time, can make all the difference.
Gentle exercise to ease menopausal symptoms
It may be hard getting into an exercise routine, but the results are well worth it! During menopause, your estrogen levels skyrocket, which can mean all sorts of things in terms of your health. Increased estrogen levels mean an increased risk of cancer and stroke. 30 Minute Cardio workouts just three times a week can really help to protect your heart and decrease your risk. Cardio doesn’t have to be boring! Just find an activity that you love (youtube is full of fun workouts), or sign up for a class where you can meet people and socialise while you sweat!
Increased estrogen levels also means a greater risk for osteoporosis, so strength training is your best bet to keep your bones strong and prevent them from breaking easily. If you have no idea where to start, then this may help.
Use products to target menopause skincare issues
This is the age you’re are likely to see all kinds of changes in your skin. Sun damage from your twenties may show up now as hyperpigmentation and fine lines and wrinkles. Your 40s and 50s is a time you want to focus on reducing these now visible signs of aging as well as preventing any future damage.
Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Hyaluronic Acid and Alpha Lipoic Acid are just a few excellent ingredients for helping to target your skin care concerns. Vitamin C helps to brighten and lighten hyperpigmentation, whereas hyaluronic acid helps to promote the formation of collagen. Collagen levels decrease as you age, so it’s important to find ways to promote the formation of this structural protein.
Fluctuating hormones during menopause also means a risk for hormonal breakouts (yes, that’s right, it can happen!) so it’s important to treat this without drying out the rest of your skin. Plant enzymes that gently slough away dead skin cells, opening the pores and releasing dirt and toxins, is a great way to instantly revive your skin for a youthful and radiant glow.
We hope these tips help you balance hormones during menopause, and help to alleviate some of the rough symptoms you may be dealing with right now. Remember there’s light at the end of the tunnel, and we’re all in this together at some point in our lives!