In the 21st century, many women often try to do too much. This leads to our lives being out of balance. I have often said: you are not here to keep working yourself into the ground until you are too exhausted to function. As songwriter and author Julia Ecklar put it, “Living life’s the point of things, but balance is the key.”
Menopause is a normal part of a woman’s life, not something to be referred to as “the change of life” in embarrassed whispers. Menopause affects every woman differently, because every woman is unique.
For some women, hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is vital as their oestrogen levels drop. Many women find bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) less stressful to their bodies, with fewer side effects. Other women do better with a more holistic approach. Education is the key. Consult with your doctor to find out what is right for you and your body.
When balancing your hormones, one of the most important things you can do is to eat a healthy diet. A car won’t run without the right type of petrol. Your body can’t function without healthy food and a balanced diet.
Exercise is also important. Exercise increases blood flow, reduces depression, and improves stamina. Exercise helps you lose fat, improve muscle tone, and sleep better.
Lack of sleep is one of the most common reasons for being out of balance. There are only 24 hours in the day, and so much for the modern woman to do. Mothers are the first ones up in the morning and the last one to bed at night. If you’re sleep deprived, you’re hurting yourself and you won’t be able to accomplish all you need to do.
Massage can do wonders to relax tired muscles and reduce stress. There are many variations: Swedish massage, reflexology, hot stone massage, and deep tissue massage. Before indulging in a massage, consult with your doctor and discuss your health with the masseuse. Hot stone massage is not recommended for pregnant women, diabetics, or people with high blood pressure. Reflexology concentrates on the feet, whereas Swedish massage is usually a whole body treatment. Deep tissue massage is useful for women with chronic or acute pain. It’s for rehabilitating injuries more than just relaxation. It increases blood flow and releases knots of tense muscles.
Every woman is different. To decide what’s best to help you recover your balance, whether it’s BHRT, a change of diet, a new exercise regimen, or a combination, contact me.