This Christmas is going to be very different to years past, and in some respects it will be easier for those of you who are experiencing perimenopausal and menopausal symptoms, as there won’t be the rounds of parties and relentless snacking at the buffet. Sausage roll anyone?
But maybe you are concerned that you are going to undo all the good work you’ve already done this year. If you are a client of mine or previous client this will be easy for you. Think back to your scaled back tiny habits. Those tiny goals that it was impossible not to achieve. Scale back to these on the days you want to do nothing. For example, yours might have been a 10-minute walk, or having a sip of water every time you put the kettle on. This helps to avoid that all or nothing approach and keeps you feeling good!
If this is all sounding totally new to you then I suggest you take a look at my post about creating change. This will explain what I’m talking about and help you set your own goals.
Here are my top 5 realistic tips to help you manage your symptoms this Christmas:
Keep to a regular sleep routine
Sleep is at the core of achieving hormone balance. All symptoms are made worse by tiredness and stress. Keeping to a regular time for waking and going to bed will help you no end.
Be realistic with yourself
It’s Christmas and there will be food and drink to be indulged in and enjoyed. Stick to the 80/20 rule and you can’t go far wrong.
Have a few alcohol-free days
Choose your moments for alcohol and caffeine. These are well known triggers for hot flushes (along with stress) so if this is a symptom you are affected by, maybe you don’t want to be drinking excessively when you have all the family round. Limiting these drinks will also help to keep you hydrated, helping you keep on top of any brain fog along with many other symptoms. You’ll enjoy the moment much more without a raging hangover anyway.
Make time for yourself
Many of us have had to adapt to this during lockdown, but the 5 day blowout we’ve been graced with is going to bring us in close proximity with family members who know how to press our buttons. This could be escaping to read a book, walking the dog, belting out a tune while cooking in the kitchen or taking a few deep breaths in the garden. Basically anything that gives you peace or makes you feel good. Keeping cortisol and adrenaline on a more even keel will help keep your symptoms under control.
Eat nourishing food
Having lots of nourishing food in the house that feels decadent and you enjoy will help you avoid picking on foods you wouldn’t normally choose. For example, smoked salmon with eggs for breakfast or ingredients for a veggie curry or soup. Not having complete blow outs on chocolates, booze and other snacky bits will help you avoid huge fluctuations in your blood sugar levels. This will help you keep a lid on that perimenopause rage, manage any stress you may be feeling and keep your energy high.
Have a wonderful Christmas and I will see you in 2021!