Help Your Mother Through Menopause
Have you noticed that your mom is flipping out more often than before, or that she has been putting on unhealthy weight suddenly, or that she has developed pigmentation on her skin? If you have been bristling up and reacting strongly to what you see as unreasonable behaviour in your mother, maybe it’s time for you to step down. She might be going through one of the most difficult phases of a woman’s life — menopause.
It’s very important for family members to understand, empathize and work towards improving the condition of women in the family.
A woman above 40-45 may be approaching menopause if she is facing certain symptoms. This is the time where, slowly, the menstrual cycle stops and with it come a lot of changes in the body. Emotions, stress, work and health issues can play a major role in increasing or decreasing the symptoms of menopause. At this time, there is an imbalance in the estrogen and progesterone levels in the body. For some women, this period could begin much sooner if there has been any damage to the uterus or if they have undergone a hysterectomy.
You can take control of all the changes of menopause by practicing these five simple tips. Pass them along to your mother and have her practice these. Even better, practice them with her and make her happy!
- Take control: Emotions can be the game changer. Stress and too many emotions can play with estrogen and progesterone levels which, in turn, results in extreme mood swings, irritability and an atmosphere of potential conflict. Avoid anti-depressant pills strictly. Remember, you are in control and you will get through this with a healthy approach, thus leading to a stress free time.
- Natural therapy: As stated earlier, avoid drugs to reduce your symptoms of anxiety, insomnia [if any] and a sense of feeling low. Adopt herbal and natural home remedies to brighten your mood.
- Nutritious food: Intake of nutritious food will reduce inconsistency in the levels of estrogen and Hence, a healthy diet will reduce complications of menopause.
- Yoga: Exercise is a must for women who are going through menopause. The hormonal changes can affect your weight adversely. Since you would also be experiencing symptoms like anxiety and depression, practicing yoga will not only give your body a healthy shape but also give you the peace of mind you need.
- Avoid caffeine drinks: Caffeine increases anxiety and energy in your body; when you are already suffering from symptoms of anxiety, caffeine might just boost it up. Hence, avoid too much coffee or tea. One can opt for caffeine-free green tea.
We do understand the impact menopause has on women. Our gynecologists work round the clock for women’s wellness and suggest interventions when required. Hence, if you think that you or your mother are not able to handle this period, feel free to book an appointment with our gynecologist and we will be at your service.