Managing Menopause.

Right now I am crying for no damn reason.  Yep, Miss Positive herself. It is driving me crazy!!  This seems to be happening a lot as of late. I’m supposed to be going through my customer list and figuring out how to maximize my accounts for my day job right now. You know what? I just really don’t feel like it.

I am going to take out some of the focus exercises I have my Life Coach clients do, and get my shit together. Be back in a bit.

Managing the Menopause Mood Swings

OK. I am back!

Well…..So I am not doing my Customer Maximizing Sheet. ( No big surprise there) But I have the focus now to get a grip on this blog post and get it finished!! Yay me!!!

Ever since I have entered Menopause, my energy level has dropped. I’m exhausted way more than I used to be. I’m more emotional and not as patient or happy, just ask my boyfriend.  It sucks to be all content one minute and on the verge of tears the next. He is great though. I am sure he likes all the extra hugs.

So how can we get a handle on this shit?  Well, I am trying a few different strategies to help manage the emotional aspects of Menopause and ways to deal with these damn mood swings.

Stay Active

Although I am really really not feeling it most of the time. I find that doing some sort of exercise that gets my heart pumping can really be helpful in keeping those feeling of sadness and depression at bay. Aerobic exercise releases endorphins (feel good brain chemicals) that can boost your mood and energy. It doesn’t totally get rid of my symptoms but it definitely helps.

Cut Back on Caffeine and Alcohol

I know I know………..no morning coffee? Is she crazy? No, not crazy. I still have my one (hear me? ONE) cup of coffee in the morning. I limit it daily to that one in the morning. I am not a big drinker so cutting out the alcohol wasn’t hard. Even though it may seem like you can’t get through the day without that extra cup of coffee, or sometimes you think you just need a glass of wine in the evening, limiting your consumption, even a little, on both can help you feel better.

Nutrition

I am not totally sold on this one. Still trying to figure out if there are any foods out there that can help with the mood swings on their own. But that being said. If you are gaining weight like I am. Sitting in front of the TV crying into a tub of ice cream probably isn’t going to help matters. Trust me you will be crying over your too tight pants in no time.  Best to stick with lots of fresh produce, and lean meats. I am finding carbs aren’t my friend right now, so I have been limiting them too. But that is more of a weight gain thing than a mood thing. I will blog about that in a later post.

Managing Menopause

Boost Your Mood

Do something you love whether it’s listening to music, dancing in your living room, going for a nature walk or watching a show that makes you laugh. It’ll help you feel a little more life yourself, even if it’s for a short period of time.

Relax

It’s easier said than done, but doing something relaxing can be helpful. Try yoga, massage, go for a walk, meditation or even a hot bath to help.

Supplements

Upping your calcium intake during Menopause, anywhere from 500-1200 milligrams has said to be helpful in calming some symptoms. Plus, there are a gazillion over the counter herbal supplements out there. Some  are made and labelled specifically for Menopause that may work. I myself haven’t tried any. Of course check with your family doctor before hand.

Essential Oils

There is no scientific proof that essential oils do work to ease the emotional symptoms of Menopause but each individual is different, so it can’t hurt to give it a whirl. I have a roller with a blend of oils Hormone Relief and it’s actually helped me calm down. My boyfriend wants one for his pocket so he has it with him in case of an emergency. Oh he is a funny guy……………………. You can check with your local Essential Oils guru to find one for yourself.

Remove Mercury Fillings In Your Teeth

This really helped my mom. More with the night sweats and hot flashes. But is something to consider.

Managing Menopause

To Hormone Replace?

I haven’t yet. I am really trying to do this as naturally as possible. I will let you know if I give in and go the Estrogen /Progesterone route.

These are few of  the ways to deal with PMS mood swings that I like to use. Of course everyone is different and different things work for different people. But i always say, there is no harm in trying natural remedies.

*Everyone experiences different symptoms from Menopause. If yours feel more severe either physically or emotionally, please consult your doctor.

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Leave me a message. How are you dealing with this emotional roller coaster? I would love to hear from you!

Loving life one day at a time!

XOXO

Laura

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