Menopause Can be a Smooth Transition
We may not want to believe it, after all, where has the time gone? Nevertheless, an increasing number of Gen X women are approaching menopause. Coffee shops, get-to-gethers, girls’ nights now include the common subject. Thankfully, we are not alone and information is available in magazine articles, specialists, books, websites, blogs, and Pinterest. Comedians joke about the experience and an amusing musical called Menopause: The Musical pokes fun at that stage of life.
According to the Canadian Women’s Health Network, there are many factors that can influence how we experience menopause such as genetics, diet, lifestyle and social and cultural attitudes towards older women. Factors that might influence the experience for women in Canada is a diet for many that is high in saturated fats and sugars and an inactive lifestyle.
Nobody looks forward to that time of life and the issues it may bring to some women. Thanks to fluctuating levels of estrogen and progesterone the list is long and disheartening. Rather than rub salt into the wound and list the many symptoms, let’s discuss a natural way to ease your life.
It’s time to jump on the TM wagon. TM offers women a technique that assists their personal management of menopausal symptoms.
According to Dr. Nancy Lonsdorf, an expert in women’s medicine and author of the books A Women’s Best Medicine and The Ageless Woman: Natural Health and Beauty After Forty with Maharishi Ayurveda, menopause is a natural time of life that we should embrace, but we need to take care of ourselves.
TM provides very deep rest to both the mind and the body.
Since stress, anxiety and fatigue are triggers for common menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes and sleep problems, helping the body avoid these issues is critical. The deep rest gained during the practice of TM has been shown to be highly effective at reducing stress and fatigue. Studies have shown that practise of the TM technique for twenty minutes twice a day lowers the stress hormone cortisol, improves sleep, reduces anxiety and lifts the mood. Curbing excess cortisol production might also support the body’s production of helpful reproductive hormones such as progesterone, according to some researchers.
Research has also shown that the TM technique reduces heart attack risk in postmenopausal women, as well as reducing metabolic syndrome, a precursor to diabetes.
TM can also help alleviate mood swings as well as helping smooth the psychological transition that takes place during these years. Through regular practise of the TM technique we can skip the discomfort of menopause and instead enjoy increased emotional strength, happiness and self-sufficiency.