When having hot flashes causes you stress, you’re approaching menopause with the wrong attitude. The next time menopause symptoms make you feel uncomfortable, you should be embracing them instead – and embracing the vibrant years of your life. After all, it’s a whole lot better than puberty.
“You can’t stay young forever.”
VN member grannyinlongjohns decided to embrace her menopause, and she’s making the most out of her vibrant years. She decided not to opt for HRT, Hormone Replacement Therapy, even though her mother used it for a decade. Her choice was based on the fact that there are still so many risks associated with the therapy. Through HRT, estrogen that’s lost to menopause is replaced. It’s the best possible treatment to stop hot flashes, prevent hormonal night sweats and help women manage all those other menopause symptoms – but many medical experts agree that it’s not a healthy option. HRT may increase cancer risk and other medical complications in women.
Many women have decided not to take the risk. “I did not want HRT to slow down the menopausal process,” grannylongjohns wrote. “I don’t mind [the] frequent need to pee, hot flashes, mood swings and I’ve got sleeping pills for insomnia.”
Not to mention, vitamin supplements and plant estrogens. A safe alternative to HRT, many women turn to these over-the-counter medications to help them balance mood, stop hot flashes and manage other menopause symptoms.
“I accept the aging process because it is a part of life,” said granny. “You can’t stay young forever.”
And who wants to? As granny recalls, “When I was young biology ruled my life. Now my personality is not predicated by my body. I’ve lost the urges of youth and my mind is more focused on work, grandmothering and writing and loving my husband. Kids no longer rule my schedule and I am back to reaching for the wonder that I had before puberty.”
Embracing your menopause
Her attitude is pretty uplifting, and it’s one that many physicians would probably approve of. If you want to stop hot flashes without medication or any of that mess, the best thing you can do for yourself is to stop stress. It’s a big trigger for hot flashes, and it will make your flashes worse. Exercise regularly and meditate frequently to relieve stress, and practice deep breathing so you don’t start stressing when you begin having a hot flash. If you learn to love your menopause, you may find that many of your menopause-related symptoms are relieved because of this stress relief. If dealing with hot flashes causes you to feel stress, you’re only making the flashes worse.
There are other ways to stop hot flashes as well. Read about them in our free special report, 5 Proven Remedies to Reduce Hot Flashes During Menopause.