Experiencing symptoms of the menopausal transition can range from mildly annoying to debilitating. Managing your symptoms is one aspect of perimenopause, as is managing your adjustment to the changes in your body. Read on to find ways to help you embrace and accept your changing body by using techniques that calm and quiet your mind and body.
What is Mind Body Wellness Therapy ?
Mind body wellness therapies, or mind body therapies are a group of healing techniques that create a feeling of relaxation and are known to improve overall health and well-being. Mind body therapies are safe and effective ways to provide relief from many physical and emotional symptoms while improving coping skills in people who are experiencing chronic health conditions – including women suffering as a result of menopausal transition symptoms. Practicing mind body wellness therapies and techniques regularly, preferably daily, provides the greatest benefit.
It can be a bit overwhelming to start practicing mind body wellness techniques because there are so many to choose from. Knowing which ones will work for you can be difficult to know in advance. Luckily, it is easy to start narrowing down your options and there is no harm in trying something and realizing it isn’t for you. You just have to try it – if you like it, keep doing it. If you don’t like it, stop doing it! There is abundant information available online or at your local library about most mind body wellness therapy options. You can also talk to your healthcare provider for recommendations. Ask around – your friends and family will likely have had experience with some techniques. You can also ask at your local community center or fitness centre – many of these have introductory classes of many different forms of mind body wellness therapies such as meditation, yoga, or tai chi.
Mind body therapies are generally regarded as safe and have other advantages including the satisfaction reported by people participating, the often simple ways to implement them, and well-known social, psychological, and health benefits. The side effects and risks of mind body wellness therapies are minimal, many are inexpensive to do, and importantly, mind body wellness therapies can be performed by a broad range of women, including those who are stressed, busy, overweight, sedentary, chronically ill, and frail.
Research studies indicate that the use of mind body therapies to alleviate menopausal transition symptoms is increasingly common, and that satisfaction with the therapeutic benefits is generally high. In addition, a growing body of research suggests that mind body practices may have additional effects on health because they appear to enhance psychological and physical function and well-being in both healthy and chronically ill individuals. It is important to know, however, that most existing studies have limitations in the rigour of their scientific methods (not randomized, not controlled, small sample sizes, etc.) that make it difficult to interpret and provide strong scientifically-supported conclusions.