In most cases, menopause or “the change of life” is not a condition that requires drugs or HRT (Hormone Replacement Therapy). It is one of life’s natural transitions, just like birth, puberty, pregnancy and death. It is a gradual process which begins 3-5 years (or longer) before the final menstrual period occurs. Once a woman has not had her period for a year, menopause is considered complete.
There are many natural ways of supporting yourself during this transition. Your diet, your life style, and your mental and emotional states are all important factors in how you experience this time in your life: whether you will suffer or can smoothly and easily move through it.
Menopause is strongly connected to adrenal glandular function. Weak adrenal glands are the reason for hot flashes, depression, fatigue, nervousness, irritability, anxiety, memory difficulties, problems with blood sugar levels, and loss of libido.
Physical and emotional stress weakens the adrenals. Is your diet high in fried foods, processed foods, soft drinks, refined carbohydrates or white sugar? Do you smoke, drink, or take other drugs? Do you work long hours under fluorescent lights? Do you experience emotional or psychological stress?
It is therefore important to change your lifestyle and learn to relax. Physical exercise, a healthy diet and, most of all, a healthy state of mind are imperative.
The best way to allow the adrenals to recover is to change your diet. Beyond what you “put into your body,” it is as important what you “put into your mind.” What is your mind set; what stressful programs are you running and how do they make you feel?
It might not always be possible to reduce the stressors in your environment. However, it is always possible to change how you feel about something. Hypnosis provides an excellent stress reduction technique. Both hypnosis and Psych-K® are techniques to access the subconscious mind and to change our beliefs and thoughts. By changing our beliefs, we can change how we think and feel about certain situations and people. We gain the freedom to respond differently to outside stressors.
The more you can welcome and embrace this natural change in your life, the smoother the transition will be. Rather than regarding it as a loss of youth, why not welcome menopause into your life as a joyful new period, the beginning of a new freedom from your menstrual cycle? You can let go of fears of getting pregnant; there is no more need for birth control. Most women find that their problems with painful cramps, uterine fibroids, and headaches disappear. In fact, many women describe a surge of physical and psychological energy at that time. You can look forward to an energetic, active, worry-free and healthy period in your life.
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