Beating Stress this Holiday Season

The holidays are meant to be a joyful, happy time.  Too often the season devolves into a time crunch with a seemingly endless list of tasks to complete, gifts to purchase, and unreasonable expectations.

We’ve put together a list of 5 simple, easy-to-do ways to help manage that stress this season so maybe, just maybe, you get to enjoy the festivities with your family.

1: Take a sunny day hike!

Sunlight stimulates the production of serotonin and helps relieve the symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder.  Spend time outdoors or near a sunny window.  If you need even more, look into phototherapy, a treatment using a box that emits a full-spectrum light.

2: Take a deep breath!

Citrus fragrances have been found to boost feelings of well-being and alleviate stress by raising levels of norepinephrine.  Dab a little lemon or orange essential oil on a handkerchief and keep in in your pocket for an all-day pick-me-up.

3:  Walk away from your worries!

Much like the sunny hike mentioned above, the rhythm of walking in any weather has a calming effect on your brain and can decrease anxiety and improve sleep.

4:  Just a little pinch!

There’s a fleshy spot between your index finger and thumb.  Applying pressure for 30 seconds can reduce stress and tension in your upper body.  Give your hand a squeeze and take a deep breathe.

5:  Dip into some honey!

Honey has a myriad of health benefits, including giving us an instant kick when we need it.  It’s antioxidant and antibacterial properties may improve immunity.  Remember, the darker the honey, the more powerful the punch.

Following the steps above can help prevent stress and depression that can accompany the holiday hustle and bustle.  With a little planning and some positive thinking, you can find peace and joy during the holidays.

World Menopause Day – October 18th

This year, the World Menopause Campaign has chosen the overall theme of “Midlife Health in the 21st Century,” which focuses on common problems in perimenopause. In the leading up to menopause (perimenopause), you may experience several signs and symptoms, including:

  • Irregular periods
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Hot flashes
  • Chills
  • Night sweats
  • Sleep problems
  • Mood changes
  • Weight gain and slowed metabolism
  • Thinning hair and dry skin
  • Loss of breast fullness

Menopause requires no medical treatment and is a natural part of aging. Instead, treatments focus on relieving your signs and symptoms, and preventing or managing chronic conditions that may occur with aging.  Hormone Therapy is the most effective treatment option for relieving menopausal hot flashes.  Your doctor may recommend estrogen to provide symptom relief, which also helps prevent bone loss.  Bioidentical Hormones are those that come from plant sources.  The hormones are chemically identical to those your body naturally produces.  Starting hormones around the time of menopause has shown benefits for many women.

Before starting on any form of treatment, talk with your doctor about your options and benefits involved with each treatment.  Review your options early, as your needs may change.

To schedule your consultation to see which treatment may be best for you, call us at 201-225-2525.  Let’s get you on the path to being your best you!

Sleep Disorders and Hormone Imbalance

Insomnia is defined as the inability to fall asleep or stay asleep.  Sleep disorders like insomnia are common in menopause, but can also hit well before your period stops in the phase known as perimenopause.  Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy can help you get better, higher-quality sleep.

Sleep is incredibly important to our bodies.  This is when the body takes time to repair, detoxify, regulate hormones, correct chemical imbalances, adjust blood sugar levels, store memories, and much more.  If we cannot regulate our hormones, we cannot get restful sleep and all the other processes of sleep begin to fail.

In order for your body to get quality sleep, you must enter Rapid Eye Movement.  This is when the body is at its most restful and restorative.  If you do not spend enough time in REM each night, you may begin to experience hormonal disruptions.

Keeping your bedroom cool, having a fan to manage possible hot flashes, managing stress, and exercising are all good tactics for fighting insomnia during perimenopause.  Sticking to a bedtime and waketime schedule can also help.

Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy can get at the root cause of all of your symptom and help alleviate the ones that lead to insomnia in the first place.

If you are experiencing Insomnia, we can help.  Call us today at 201-225-2525 to schedule your free consultation.  We can have you on your way to a restful sleep in no time.

Causes of Early Menopause

Menopause begins when your ovaries stop producing estrogen, the hormone that regulates the reproductive cycle.  On average, women in the U.S. go into menopause around 51, according to the National Institute on Aging.  Most women will experience the onset of menopausal symptoms between 40 and 60, with early menopause (perimenopause) occurring before age 40.

Our hormonal levels are constantly shifting, and that’s normal.  As we age, the fluctuations may become more extreme, leading us to experience common symptoms of menopause such as night sweats, hot flashes, fatigue, depression, sleep problems, difficulty concentrating, mood swings, foggy thinking, and a decrease in sexual desire.  Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) can potentially prevent many of these common symptoms. Approaching these symptoms naturally can help you regain hormonal balance, and both the frequency and severity of symptoms will improve.

Hormone Replacement Therapy may be appropriate to address the long-term health risks associated with menopause, such as atherosclerosis, osteoporosis, breast cancer, increase in body fat, and diabetes.  Working with a knowledgeable healthcare professional specifically trained in bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) can help you transition through menopause happier and healthier with an improved quality of life and sense of well-being.

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Contact us today at 201-225-2525 to schedule your consultation and start feeling better.