Being a woman is hard. Being a woman in menopause is harder.
No amount of words can capture what it’s like for a woman experiencing menopause. As the usual supply of hormones go haywire, so does a woman’s life. One second it seems all good, and suddenly, everything turns upside down. A lot of women can’t help but feel like menopause is taking over their lives.
Hot flushes, menstrual changes before it ceases completely, crazy mood swings, unexplained bouts of sadness, insomnia, more-than-usual trips to the bathroom, unflattering skin changes and boredom between the sheets — this list roughly sums up a woman’s roller coaster ride during menopause. Just one or two of these symptoms alone can drive anyone nuts.
Definitely and eventually, stress will pile up. And oh boy! We all know what happens when it does. It will only make things worse.
Ideally, women who are on the brink of menopause should prepare for these changes. First, they should seek medical advice. Knowing what to expect greatly helps. Second, they should have a way of fighting off the symptoms and the stress.
Medication during menopause is not unusual. However, it could be costly and the risk of side effects is always present.
Thankfully, women have an alternative, and as far as the spelling goes, it doesn’t have much difference with “medication”. Replace “c” with “t” and you’ve got yourself a free, 100% safe, and effective option: MEDITATION.
Meditation can help assuage the symptoms of menopause and keep stress away. Due to its natural and lasting calming affects, meditation enables women to handle menopause better, be more understanding about what they’re going through, and fight off anxiety. Moreover, meditation lowers the stress hormone cortisol, helping women stay “cool” psychologically-wise.
Basic Meditation Technique
Women can start with this simple meditation technique, and practise it for at least 20 minutes every day.
Set aside time for a quiet, no-distraction “Me” time. Sit cross legged on the floor or sit upright on a chair. Keep your back straight but relaxed.
Inhale through your nose and out of your mouth. Breathe slowly and deeply. Be aware of the rise and fall of your chest, the way your stomach distends, and the soft sounds you make as you inhale and exhale.
More importantly, don’t let thoughts distract you. Focus on your breathing. But If ever your mind wanders off, simply focus on your breathing again. Just be patient and distractions will come less and less as you master the technique.