Wondering how to embrace ageing gracefully? Being aware of the changes our body goes through and how to prevent them will help.
Age is inevitable. It creeps up on us slowly without us realising. One day we look in the mirror and see the signs of age. Inside we still feel like a teenager but our body is no longer flexible. We can’t stay up late without feeling the effects the next day. Getting older can be scary.
There are many reasons to embrace getting older. Years of life experience mean you are less likely to make major mistakes. You have a stronger sense of yourself and more confidence. Would you really want to go back to those awkward teenage years?
There is a fountain of youth: It is your mind, your talents and the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age – Sophia Loren.
Are you aware of the changes ageing brings to your body? Knowing about your intimate health means you will be better equipped to make the right health decisions. Most of us are reluctant to sit down and chat about difficult topics with our friends. When was the last time you had a chat about the menopause and what it might mean for your body? It is just not something that comes up in conversation.
We should discuss be more open to discussing these health issues. Talking with someone who has experienced can only reassure you and make you feel more normal. Open and honest discussion can only help improve your confidence and also help other women.
Canesten® believe that if women know more about their intimate health they will be better equipped to make the right health decisions. They want to encourage women to be more open with each other and discuss these issues more. I have put together some of the health issues you may face as you get older to help raise awareness.
As you get older the body stops producing as much of the hormone oestrogen. This brings on menopause which is when your periods stop and you can no longer get pregnant. This is a natural part of the ageing process. You can expect menopause to occur between 45 and 55 but every woman is different.
The menopause can bring other symptoms. Some of these can have a significant impact on the daily life of some women. These are some of the symptoms you may experience and steps for reducing their impact.
These are sudden feelings of heat in the face, neck and chest which makes your skin feel red and sweaty. They can happen without warning or be triggered by eating spicy food, feeling stressed or drinking alcohol or coffee. To help with hot flushes you can remove the trigger. It is also helpful to have a fan or cold water spray handy to use. Wearing layers of clothing is also helpful as you can remove some if a flush occurs.
Night sweats are hot flushes that happen at night. You often wake up drenched in sweat even when the room is cool. To help with night sweats use light non-synthetic nightclothes and sheets. Have layers of bedding that are easy to remove. It also helps to avoid alcohol, spicy foods and eating 2-3 hours before bedtime.
Vaginal dryness is experience by one in three women and is a common symptom for those going through the menopause. It can have significant impact on the daily lives of many women but it is also something women are embarrassed to talk about. It is a shame as it is perfectly natural. Vaginal dryness treatment can be as simple as using a lubricating gel like Canesten so don’t suffer in silence.
While some women sail though the menopause others experience mood swings. These vary from irritability, being less tolerant and more easily annoyed to the more severe. Some women experience depression, anxiety and episodes of feeling weepy. These are due to the hormonal changes in the body.
There are things you can do to help deal with mood swings during menopause. Often a walk in the fresh air will help. Diet also plays a part in your mood, make sure you are eating healthily. If this is not helping don’t be afraid to see your doctor.
Mark Twain once wrote, “Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.”
Whilst getting older can’t be prevented we can make changes to our lifestyle that will help us feel younger for longer.
As you get older your body starts to be less flexible and you may not feel like exercising. Exercises has many benefits. It can help relieve pain, keep your body flexible and help regulate your weight. When you exercise it will lift your mood. You don’t need to go crazy and go out and run a marathon. A simple half an hour walk is enough to get your body moving.
If you are up for the challenge then why not take part in a fun run? It is great exercise building up to the distance and a great sense of achievement when you finish. I managed to complete a 5K MoRun last year much to my surprise. If I can do it you can.
When you are working, bringing up children, trying to get the housework done and meals cooked it can be hard to make some time for yourself. This is without the obstacles that life throws at you on a daily basis. If you are always focussing on others you will soon become burnt out. Make sure you schedule some time where you can recharge or you will have no energy left.
A balanced diet should give you all the nutrients you need. As you get older the body needs more of some vitamins and minerals. As you get older your body finds it difficult to get all the vitamin B12 it needs from diet alone. Try to eat more eggs, meat, shellfish, and dairy which are rich in this vitamin. B12 deficiency can cause fatigue. Potassium is another mineral that is vital as you age. It helps combat high blood pressure and lowers the risk of heart disease and stroke. Potassium is found in sweet potatoes, beans, yoghurt and bananas.
This post has been supported by Canesintima®, but all thoughts are my own