When you’re stressed, your body releases the hormones cortisol and adrenaline to keep you alert and prepared to respond to your stressors.
The stress response is well-adapted for short-term stressors, but it is not designed to constantly be on. Unrelieved stress leads to burnout, fatigue, depression, anxiety, mood swings… and an increase in hot flashes!
It’s critical to actively manage stress, as increased stress = increased perimenopause & menopause symptoms. Lowering stress levels can decrease hot flashes, improve sleep, and help with having a balanced and steady mood.
7 Ways to Reduce Stress & Combat Hot Flashes
Meditation is a great way to lower stress levels and feel deeply at ease. Insight Timer is a free App that has guided meditations and mindfulness talks ranging from 1 minute to 90+ minutes. It’s a beautiful way to start or end your day to keep stress levels at a minimum.
Yoga is for every body. Gentle forms of yoga such as yin and restorative are especially effective for reducing stress.
Getting your thoughts, worries, and hopes out of your head and onto paper is a great way to reduce stress and anxiety.
Acupuncture is the practice of fine needle insertion that is part of the system of Traditional Chinese Medicine. It is incredibly effective at reducing stress (as well as supporting your adrenals and reducing hot flashes).
Treat yourself to a relaxing massage. It’s great for the body, mind, and soul.
Regular movement helps reduce stress, improve mood, focus, prevent hot flashes, and can help with weight management. The best type of exercise for you is the type you enjoy… so that you’ll actually do it! If you hate HIIT, try yoga. Dread spinning? Try a dance class. Find a way that you love to move and aim to do it for at least 20 minutes a day and 5 times a week!
#7 Deep Breathing
Just 5 minutes a day of deep breathing can make a world of a difference.
Some levels of stress in our lives are simply inevitable. There are times in our lives when we need a little more support than lifestyle practices alone. That’s why it’s helpful to have ByeBye.HotFlashes on hand to help you keep your cool.
Disrupt your system. Not the hormones.
✓ It’s critical to actively manage stress, as increased stress = increased perimenopause & menopause symptoms.
✓ Lowering stress levels can decrease hot flashes, improve sleep, and help with having a balanced and steady mood.