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exerciseWeight gain, fatigue, hot flashes, cold sweats and more. Dozens of women are experiencing these symptoms of menopause. This dreaded big “M” makes you feel as if you’re not in control of your own body, and it can be a complete drain on your energy and your everyday life.

Sometimes, trying to tough it out is not the best answer. Here are a number of beneficial hints to keep your sanity intact:

Learn Your Triggers

Learn your triggers for moodiness, hot flashes, and the other annoying symptoms that come with menopause. Learn how to push the “safety button,” and prepare yourself to disarm when these symptoms fire. Avoid hot beverages (that includes your morning coffee, sorry!), chocolate, spicy food, and heat in general. Always carry a small fan with you and dress in layers.

Treat the symptoms even before the triggers come. There are plenty of options available now other than hormone replacement therapy (HRT). Many doctors recommend taking a menopause support supplement to combat these symptoms.

Get Enough Restful Sleep

Let your body get used to sleeping the same amount every night. Go to bed when your body is tired and ready to sleep—not an hour after you’re tired just because you’re on the computer, and not an hour earlier just because you feel like it.

Restful sleep will help you go through the night sweats and other annoying menopausal symptoms.

Be More Active

You don’t need to love exercise; you just have to do it. Regular aerobics may help maintain your heart’s health, maintain your metabolic rate, and most especially for you, ease your menopausal symptoms.

Go do some power walking, get on the treadmill, or do tai chi; listen to some good music while you’re at it. There are so many different ways to exercise; the key is to just find one or two that you will enjoy.

You will most likely spend a third of your life pre-menopausal or post-menopausal, so look at your glass as half-full—not half-empty! There is so much you can do to regain control, bring down stress, and enjoy the long span of life ahead of you. Instead of dreading this time of your life, embrace it. It’s part of you.

Terohan Nula