2019: The Year of the Menopause Retreat?
Wellness holidays are nothing new; yoga retreats, babymoons and spa breaks have all been popular for some years now. But more recently, wellness breaks have begun to get a little more niche, with divorce retreats, sugar detox getaways, ‘mumcations’ - that provide much-needed time away from the kids when necessary - and even menopause retreats increasingly cropping up across the travel market.
In fact, menopause retreats have been billed as one of the top wellness travel trends for 2019. So, how could they benefit women struggling with menopause symptoms?
What Does a Menopause Retreat Offer?
With stress and anxiety both common symptoms of menopause, the prospect of a few days away from the worries of everyday life can be incredibly appealing.
Menopause retreats are currently being advertised both in the UK and abroad, typically offering women the chance to enjoy a getaway with others who are in a similar situation to themselves, along with teams of specialists.
A range of personal trainers, nutritionists, yoga teachers and meditation experts can be found leading these midlife retreats, providing women with best practice advice on looking after themselves during menopause.
Some retreats claim to be able to help you to manage ageing, improve your digestive health, and leave you feeling healthier overall.
Lifestyle changes may help to provide relief from menopause symptoms, but do you really need to go on a potentially costly retreat to benefit from these?
How to Look After Your Wellness in Menopause
There are steps that you can take to look after your wellness by yourself during menopause; for example, by watching your diet and keeping physically active, which the retreats give you extra time to focus on.
The nutrition tips given on a menopause retreat are likely to be very detox-focused, but there are some simple changes that you can make to your existing diet to help manage your symptoms. Opt for whole grain bread and pasta to boost your energy levels and reduce feelings of fatigue, and consume extra calcium and vitamin B to promote strong bones and lower your osteoporosis risk.
Regular exercise may also help to ease symptoms, with yoga and pilates often used to increase strength and for relaxation, while power-walking can help to keep joints and bones in good condition, again potentially helping to lower your risk of osteoporosis.
It’s important to be in the right mindset in order to concentrate on your wellness, so if you’re feeling overwhelmed by your menopause symptoms, you may benefit from a little extra help with managing them.
Natural menopause supplements contain ingredients designed to help you to get a hold on your symptoms; for instance, Femarelle® includes the soy derivative DT56a, which can mimic the effects of oestrogen in your body. As a result, it could help you to manage a range of menopause symptoms, such as hot flushes, night sweats and mood swings.
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