I am now a few years over 40, and I can remember telling a co-worker "I just want to get it over with, so I can stop dreading it!"
I can laugh now, but at 39, so many people were telling me how much life would change after 40, and not really for the better. They were partially right -- it's a mixed bag!
Our wisdom and compassion often increase as we grow older, but so do our health challenges. More than 90% of older adults have at least one chronic condition, and more than 75% have more than one. Plus, these figures are even higher for women than for men.
Natural changes like menopause and your family medical history play a part, but a healthy lifestyle can help you stay as strong and independent as possible in the years ahead.
Take a look at these tips to help you maintain your health as you age.
Dealing with Menopause:
1. Stay cool. Hot flashes can make you uncomfortable and disrupt your sleep. Reduce them by limiting triggers like alcohol and caffeine. Dress in layers and keep a fan next to your bed. doTERRA Peppermint essential oil can be a lifesaver when you need to cool down fast!
2. Manage stress. Stress can aggravate hot flashes and other symptoms of menopause. Meditate daily and think positive. I can provide you with some ideas if you need them.
3. Lose weight. Your muscles shrink and your metabolism slows down as you age. The distribution of your body fat changes too, so more of those pounds wind up around your waist, increasing your risk for heart conditions and diabetes. Fight back by eating less and exercising more.
4. Eat soy. Many women find relief from menopause symptoms with soy and supplements, even though studies give conflicting results. See if tofu and soy milk work for you.
5. Talk with your doctor. Your doctor can tell you whether you’re a good candidate for hormone replacement therapy or other treatments. Share your concerns and questions.