The vast majority of women who go through menopause will also experience hot flashes along with their other symptoms. Depending on where you are when they happen, they can be just downright embarrassing. Your face turns red, you break out in a sweat, and you HAVE to fan yourself or you might just melt on the spot – more embarrassing!
Even with all the uncomfortable feelings that go along with hot flashes – the keyword being HOT – there are some things you can try that might help when those hot flashes occur. They can help and bring you some relief no matter where you are or when they happen.
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One thing you can try is deep breathing exercises. Being able to regulate your breathing can also help your body regulate its temperature. You’ll need to practice it for a few weeks before you see any real results, but it will start working for you if you just keep it up.
Another thing you can do is close your eyes and visualize you are standing beside a cool, babbling brook, or are building a snowman with your grandkids. Visualize something that makes your mind feel cooler so that your body, in turn, will feel cooler. It works just like the deep breathing you are practicing does – your brain is more relaxed and it will help your body temperature go down as well.
Again folks, we turn to walking. Not only can walking help to keep those hot flashes at bay you’ll be able to sleep better and your overall health will be better. You might even lose a few pounds that you’ve wanted to lose since menopause came into your world. Take a short walk a few times a week and you should see a noticeable difference in the number of hot flashes you experience.
If you are overweight you might be more likely to experience hot flashes during menopause. Losing some weight can help alleviate or even prevent hot flashes you’ll experience. Try starting an exercise program to help you lose a few of those pounds and you’re hot flashes won’t be as frequent and they might not come at all.
Drinking less alcohol can also help decrease those hot flashes. Drinking alcohol raises your body temperature so when a hot flash comes along, it’s much more severe than it has to be simply because you’ve been drinking. You don’t have to stop drinking completely, just don’t drink as much and you’ll likely see a difference in the frequency and severity of hot flashes.
You can also see a decrease in hot flashes if you drink more water. Keeping hydrated or drinking cold water during a hot flash can help keep your body’s temperature regulated so that hot flashes don’t occur as often and aren’t as severe when they do happen. Yet another reason to stay hydrated.
Try to stay away from foods that contain sugar or are very spicy during menopause. Each of these will likely increase your chances of suffering from hot flashes and eating them in moderation can be helpful while you’re dealing with the time in your life you have hot flashes.
All of these tips won’t work for everyone, but you can pick and choose and find what’s right and what works the best for you. Try each of them for a week or so and figure out what fits into your lifestyle and start doing it. Hot flashes can be lessened or even prevented when you are able to make some small changes.