How to Manage Menopause During the Holidays
Christmas shopping, tree trimming, cookie exchanges and a little too much of that spiked eggnog. While the holidays are a joyous time, the “to do” lists, extensive expectations and overindulgences can be overwhelming. Add in menopausal symptoms and it can be a recipe for one unhappy woman.
Yet, it doesn’t have to be that way. The hormonal changes that accompany menopause can cause everything from hot flashes and mood swings to weight gain and sleep issues. That’s why managing these symptoms is particularly essential during this stressful season. Women don’t just have to suffer through it. There’s a happy medium to enjoying the holidays without crashing into anxiety-induced shock.
- Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff
It may be a cliché but this tidbit rings particularly true when everyone starts hanging the mistletoe. No one expects you to bake 12 dozen Russian Teacakes and decorate the entire house while fulfilling everyone’s Christmas wish list. Slow down and delegate. And if that means buying everything on Amazon Prime or not hosting that Christmas cocktail party this year, then that’s just fine!
Exercise is the most natural painkiller available. Numerous studies have shown that the endorphins released during physical activity reduce stress and anxiety and improve sleep. Whether it’s yoga, walking or a spin class, any sort of activity that gets the blood pumping can help alleviate the symptoms of menopause. Lace up those running shoes or unroll that yoga mat and get moving.
- Hit the Snooze Button
Getting enough shut-eye during menopause can seem like a long-lost dream. Between the night sweats and hormonal ups and downs, it’s no wonder insomnia is the new normal. Yet, sleep deprivation can exacerbate many menopausal symptoms, so it’s important to try to get between seven to nine hours a night. Diet and exercise can both help improve sleeping habits. Keeping stress and anxiety at bay is also essential. In addition, maintaining a cool and dark bedroom can help sleeping beauties slumber.
- Just Say No
Sure, that third glass of bubbly might be tempting but the havoc it can cause on sleep and the number of calories packed into that little glass isn’t worth it. Menopause makes it more difficult to lose weight and keep it off, therefore, making smart food and beverage choices is key. Load up on fruits and veggies and splurge on one sweet treat.
Staying sane during the holidays takes a lot of willpower. Learn to set limits and ease expectations and you can glide into the new year a happy and healthy woman.
Dr. Ghozland specializes in hormone replacement therapy programs to help you feel like yourself again during menopause. If your mood and energy level are being affected by menopause, schedule a consultation with a physician who has helped many women and men through menopause. Call us at (310) 299-7143 to learn more.