Menopause and Exhaustion
Do you remember when you were in the first trimester of pregnancy and felt like you could sleep all day? Literally, you could sleep all day if given the opportunity.
Now that I am in menopause, I have bouts of time when I feel the same type of fatigue, but my body will not allow me to sleep at all. I’m talking full-blown insomnia.
This past week has been one of those weeks.
My husband had shoulder surgery this past Wednesday and I have literally been his right arm ever since I brought him home from the hospital. My stress level has been high trying to do everything needed to keep him comfortable, while at the same time neglecting my body’s needs.
Because of this, my hormones have been yelling at me the last few days in the form of hot flashes and insomnia.
I am about 98% successful in balancing my hormones with natural products, but when my cortisol levels are hindered by something stressful, my hormones are the first to let me know I need to step back and do some self-care.
Currently, I am exhausted and my body will not allow sleep. In order to help get my body back on track, there are a few things I need to be doing that have I haven’t been doing the last couple of weeks. After all, I am human and do not live a perfect social media worthy life.
1. Exercise. My body desperately needs exercise. I haven’t allowed myself to step outside for a daily walk in several days. Maintaining a regular form of exercise helps to improve moods, boosts metabolism and uses up energy. I’m not saying I need to go run a 5K or do intense cardio. A brisk 30-minute walk can do wonders for my body! I do some of my best thinking and meditating when I am walking. My body is telling me that it needs some exercise right now.
2. Reduce Caffeine. The first thing I want to do when I get out of bed in the mornings after having had zero sleep is grab a cup of coffee. And then another. And then another. And, sometimes another. Caffeine is not good for hormone balance. Caffeine might wake up my brain, but too much of it invites hot flashes. Hot flashes = sleep interruption. Not a good combination. My long break is coming to an end, and so is my abundance of caffeine intake. I’m going back to being a mostly “one cup of coffee per day” kind of girl.
3. Reduce Alcohol. I love red wine! LOVE RED WINE! If I am honest, I also love tequila in the form of Margaritas. However, both of those drinks are notorious for bringing on hot flashes and interrupting my sleep. I’ve indulged in both this week. No wonder I cannot sleep and my hot flashes have returned! Neither drink is an issue when I have only one or two glasses in a week. That doesn’t affect my hormones or sleep pattern at all. However, I confess that I have indulged a little bit every day since Wednesday evening. I had to celebrate Thanksgiving in some form since we were not able to formally celebrate due to my husband’s surgery. Also, I like to “wine” down some evenings. Sometimes wining down works beautifully, like if I only have one glass. However, if I wine down with two or three glasses then I am not going to sleep the night. I may crash hard, but I guarantee you that I will be staring at the clock by 2 AM and be wide awake. Last night I sipped my last alcoholic beverage until my hormones are back on track.
4. Eat Properly. My husband has not had much of an appetite since his surgery four days ago. I have taken advantage of this lack of appetite and have pretty much eaten whatever I wanted. My diet the last several days has mostly consisted of left over chicken and dumplings, cereal and crackers. Do you see the problem? None of those foods is considered to be part of my hormone balancing diet. It’s time to bring back the good protein, fresh veggies, berries and supplements that I neglected to take when I got off of my routine.
If I get myself back on track today, which is the plan, then by Tuesday my hormone balance and body should be back to normal. I’m completely exhausted and tired of flashing so am ready to rebalance my hormones! A good night’s sleep is very needed!
Menopause and Exhaustion…
Do you know your body? Do you know what it is telling you by the way you feel?
If not, I encourage you to keep a diary of your activities, your foods, your moods, your sleep habits and your other symptoms. By doing this you will start to see a pattern of what works and what doesn’t work for your body.
You have the power to naturally balance your hormones. You simply need to listen to what your body is telling you and then give it what it needs.
My body is currently telling me that it needs sleep.
My passion in life is to teach women how to naturally balance their hormones and otherwise use natural solutions for their overall health.
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Live healthy, my friend, and remember that age is just a number.