Self-Help Techniques For Coping With Menopause

In many cases, no formal treatment is needed to cope with symptoms brought on by the onset of the menopause and self-help tips are sufficient to get by. If you have mild symptoms, you may find that you don't need any help from your GP, but it is worth knowing that they are there to help if you need them; if you have more severe symptoms, you should never hesitate to ask for advice or to consult your GP about treatments, which may help to reduce your symptoms.

Some effective self-help techniques for coping with menopause include:

  • eating a well-balanced and healthy diet: some women find that they put on weight during the menopause due to changes in hormones and a loss of muscle mass and sticking to a healthy diet can help to keep your body weight stable and reduce the risk of you gaining weight
  • getting your daily calcium intake: calcium is very important for maintaining healthy bones and teeth; menopause leads to a decrease in calcium levels associated with falling oestrogen levels, so make sure you take in the recommended intake of calcium. Good sources include milk, yoghurts and leafy green vegetables
  • exercising on a regular basis: exercising can help to ease hot flushes and it is also a natural mood booster, as your body releases endorphins when you exercise. If you don't enjoy going to a gym, why not try an exercise class, join a team, try some outdoor pursuits or simply do a fitness workout DVD in the comfort of your own home. Many women find that gentle exercises, which are designed to focus on breathing and relaxation, such as yoga and Pilates, are very helpful, for menopause.
  • getting enough sleep
  • avoiding stress and ensuring that bedroom is cool to reduce the risk of night sweats and hot flushes
  • drinking in moderation and cutting down if you drink more than the recommended intake of alcohol
  • giving up smoking; this can be a long and difficult process and your GP can help to provide details of local support groups, nicotine replacement therapies and organisations that can help

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