Are you experiencing hot flashes? Can you feel intense burning spread through your chest, your neck, engulfing your body in unbearable heat? Is your heart beating faster? Your face turning red? Are you breaking out in a sweat? Are people starting to give you funny looks and ask if you’re ok? You need some good exercise tips and stress relief methods to help control your menopause hot flashes on a daily basis.
What can you do to put out the fire and be comfortable again? Stress is one of the biggest contributors to hot flashes and night sweats. By lowering your stress you can lower the occurrence of hot flashes. Control your hot flashes on a daily basis with these exercise tips and stress relief methods.
Stress Relief MethodsDeep breathing techniques, meditation, stretching and yoga have been shown to bring relief to some women by reducing the severity and lowering the frequency of hot flashes and night sweats by up to fifty percent. Mindful meditation lowers stress levels and teaches focus on the here and now. Certain yoga poses work wonders to lessen the severity of menopause hot flashes. Sun salutation and warrior poses are good ones to try. Legs against the wall is another great yoga pose for relief from hot flashes. This pose lowers stress levels, calms the nerves and anyone can do it, even the most inexperienced. All you need is a couple of feet of empty wall space and a couple of pillows or folded blankets. Put your legs straight up the wall with your back on the floor. A pillow or blanket under your hips and head allow only your shoulders to touch the floor. Deep abdominal breathing can work wonders as well and in some cases even stop a hot flash in it’s tracks. Try 15 minutes of deep belly breathing every morning and every night. If you feel a hot flash coming on spend a few seconds breathing. Breath in deep, hold your breath for a second or two, exhale and watch that hot flash go away.
Exercise Tips to control Hot FlashesDaily exercise is essential to keeping menopause hot flashes under control. Exercise helps to calm the body and a calm body means less stress and fewer uncomfortable hot flashes and night sweats. You don’t have to become an exercise fanatic to reap the rewards. A brisk evening stroll, a quiet bike ride or a few laps in the pool will do the trick. Get thirty minutes of aerobic exercise a day but avoid exercising the last couple of hours before bed. Some women notice a difference after only a few days of exercise. Make sure and drink plenty of water, especially when exercising. Proper hydration keeps your body running smoothly.
Alternative therapies can reduce and ease the symptoms of menopause hot flashes. Acupuncture has been shown to lower the frequency and intensity of hot flashes and other menopause symptoms in some women. Massage therapy releases tension, lowers stress and helps to balance the body resulting in a lower incident of hot flashes.
Lower your stress level, get a little exercise, learn to meditate and breath. You just may find that your hot flashes and other symptoms of menopause are dissipating every day. Need more help for hot flashes?