Monday, June 13, 2011

Perimenopause Made Easy by Elizabeth Manuel

 Perimenopause marks the period in which your body begins its transition into menopause. It's a natural part of aging that signals the ending of your reproductive years with declining and fluctuating levels of estrogen and progesterone. The experience of perimenopause is largely determined by our beliefs, which need to be updated. We live in a world under the constant barrage of negative messages surrounding aging. Here are a few things you can do to alleviate symptoms: Practice good nutrition. A healthy diet is more important than ever. Adopt a low-fat, high-fiber diet that's rich in fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Avoid alcohol and caffeine, which can trigger hot flashes. Daily movement. Regular physical activity helps prevent weight gain, improves your sleep, strengthens your bones and elevates your mood. Try to exercise for 30 minutes or more on most days of the week. Stress reduction. Practiced regularly, stress reduction techniques, such as meditation, hypnotherapy and yoga, can promote relaxation and good health throughout your lifetime, but may be particularly helpful during the menopausal transition. The emphasis in hypnotherapy is on building health rather than on fighting disease. In our culture, many women tend to be operating with an internal hormonal balance tipped toward the estrogen side of the scale. This tilt is often the result of a diet high in refined carbs and low in quality protein, a lack of essential nutrients and fats, and chronic exposure to environmental toxins and artificial hormones such as endocrine disruptors. Prolonged emotional and physical stress, which I define as anything that works against your state of balance, will also upset the hormonal balance. In today's fast-paced, disconnected, eat-and-run world, it is no surprise to me that younger and younger women are coming in to my practice with symptoms of hormonal imbalance and perimenopause. I have faith in my clients' ability to adopt healthier lifestyle and eating habits. I know and have seen positive changes occur. And I will tell you this: no woman needs to suffer with symptoms of hormonal balance at perimenopause, menopause, or after menopause. Your emotional states can be brought on by hormonal fluxes, but this doesn't mean that they have to control you. Hypnosis helps you recognize your emotional stages realistically; giving you the control you need to move through them with ease. When you are accepting and calm, you can feel relief from the physical effects of menopause. Your mind programming helps you overcome the symptoms like hot flashes as you move through this beautiful part of your life. Help with menopause begins with your mind, moves into your emotions and will help you feel the effects in your body. Hypnotherapy works on a conscious and subconscious level to alleviate the symptoms of perimenopause. Once in this state of deep relaxation, you can learn to understand and improve symptoms and help manage your coping mechanism. Being able to cope with the menopause is a state of mind. Negative thoughts and emotions can affect your ability to deal with your feelings. Hypnotherapy will help to support your attitude toward this part of life. You can also use relaxation techniques to reduce irritation and stress issues by working with the limbic center in the brain to calm and soothe. By using visualization exercises, in conjunction with setting new beliefs, thoughts and emotions into the subconscious mind, CHT will provide you with the tools to relax your body and calm your mind. Hypnosis can prove effective with hot flushes and night sweats by reducing their intensity and frequency. Creating positive imagery and outcomes, the subconscious can begin to identify that menopause is a change that is necessary for a new and better lifestyle. With the subconscious receptive to positive suggestion and imagery, you will begin to manage specific symptoms, emotions and behavior linked to perimenopause. It is hoped that the sessions will help allow you to regain control and approach this natural process in a manner that can prove more beneficial than other "chemical" approaches by teaching you to turn down the heat sensation on demand, and by helping reduce the stress that is partly culpable in creating the flash (or flush). Plus work is done with your negative mindset about the physical and emotional elements of menopause and aging. Hypnotherapy can also address feelings of anxiousness, crying, anger, moodiness, and lowered sense of self worth. CHT works by sending messages to the brain for optimum health and well being. 

About Elizabeth Manuel:
Elizabeth Manuel, B.Ed., CACE Happiness Expert, Author, Speaker. As Canada's leading happiness expert, Elizabeth has worked throughout Canada with educators, entrepreneurs, seniors, and people from all walks of life. She learned how to create happiness after spending 20 years in corporate Canada leading sales initiatives, holding management roles, and performing customer service training. Today, Elizabeth is the founder of MetaMind Consulting. She shares practical tools, solid research and mood boosting techniques, by bringing smiles, contentment and prosperity into the lives of others. She prides herself on banishing your inner grouch and enhancing your greatness. Elizabeth has a black belt in the martial arts and is not afraid to use it in the name of happiness.

Elizabeth Manuel, Happiness Guru 

1 comment:

  1. It's amazing to me how clearly nutrition plays a part in our overall health, and our reproductive health. I wonder when we, as a country, are going to start demanding that food companies stop using endocrine disrupting chemicals and foods and start working to keep us healthy. Food needs to be food again. I love how this article focuses on ways to stay healthy emotionally as well as physically.


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