Not the ideal combination, is it? I know exactly what coping tips for motherhood and menopause to give because I live it every day. Hot flashes, night sweats, you name it I’ve experienced it.
Coping Tips for Motherhood and Menopause
I know I’m not speaking to the majority of my followers, but I know there are moms out there like me. You’ve either decided to have children in your later years or you’re a grandmother raising your grand kids, or possible you had an oops baby. Either way, here’s how I have coped with motherhood and menopause for the past six years.
First off, menopause symptoms can make you do crazy things. If you’re like me and don’t or haven’t decided to take HRT or any other prescribed medication for your symptoms, it is quite bothersome. However, what I understand is women can still experience symptoms even though they take medication – i.e. hot flashes!
My advice on coping with menopause while raising children.
- Take time to relax – spend a weekend alone or with girlfriends—it does do you good. Most importantly, don’t feel guilty by taking some time away.
- Talk to your spouse – tell him what’s going on with your body and ask him for help with the children. It does help if you have a caring husband.
- When hot flashes arise – stay out of the kitchen!! It’s hot in there.
- Wear a cami or tee under your shirt if you feel the need to take off your shirt. Hot flashes are brutal.
- If your kids are old enough explain what’s going on with you to them. I think my son finally understand.
- When your emotions get out of hand (and they will), just remember to breathe deeply and count to 15. My mother told me this many years ago. It does work!
- Find a relaxation exercise like yoga.
- Just get up and go for a walk.
- Watch your caffeine intake.
- Hot flashes can leave your body feeling yucky and sticky. I have made this wonderful all natural body powder that I use pretty much every day and sometimes twice a day.
- And don’t forget to keep yourself looking nice. Looking your best will make you feel better.
- If you have long hair, always carry a hair tie or something to pull up your hair.
- Drink plenty of water.
- Journal your feelings if that helps.
- Oh, and go see your doctor if your symptoms are so bad you can’t stand it. Depression can set in quickly. It has for me.
One more thing, don’t let your children stay on electronics all day, but it is nice to have peace and now and then. Electronics is good for that!
These coping tips for motherhood and menopause have helped me stay sane and perhaps these tips will do the same for you. Good luck, menopause sucks.