5 Ways to Survive a Menopausal Blue Monday
Today (Monday 21st January) is Blue Monday - supposedly the most depressing day of the year. If you’ve been struggling with menopause symptoms, this’ll be the last thing you want to hear.
Most Mondays can be tough, but today has earned itself the title of the most depressing of all because Christmas now feels like a long time ago - as does your last payday - summer is a long way off and many people have already ditched their New Year’s resolutions.
The concept was originally devised for a Sky Travel marketing campaign, so it’s not scientific fact - but any January Monday can be tough, especially when you throw the likes of hot flushes and mood swings into the equation as well.
If you are struggling with the Monday blues today, finding the right support for your symptoms and trying our suggestions below could help you to turn Blue Monday into a happier one, as could practicing a little self-care. Here are some ideas for getting there:
1. Find the Right Menopause Supplement for You
It can be hard to feel positive during menopause if your symptoms are dominating your life, which is why it’s so important to find the best type of treatment for your needs.
Most symptoms arise from a decline in your body’s oestrogen levels, so you need to find a way to rebalance your hormones and regulate your mood. DT56a, an ingredient derived from soy, can be effective in this, mimicking the role of natural oestrogen in your body.
You can find DT56a in Femarelle® menopause supplements, where it can work alongside vitamins to help relieve mood swings, as well as other menopause symptoms, including night sweats and vaginal dryness.
2. Laugh as Much as You Can
Finding a reason to laugh or smile is a great way to instantly feel better, so arrange a catch-up with your funniest friends or stick on a few episodes of your favourite comedy and you’ll soon be feeling the benefits of laughter-induced endorphins being released around your body.
These can give you an instant mood boost, with laughter also helping you to feel less stressed and even burn calories. If a day’s been filled with laughter, it won’t seem anywhere near as blue.
3. Do Some Exercise
Exercise is also great for releasing endorphins around your body, and some types of exercise can help you to relieve menopause symptoms too.
Yoga, for example, can be relaxing, helping you to manage menopausal mood swings, as well as improving your strength. Keeping your bones and muscles healthy, agile and strong can also reduce your risk of post-menopausal osteoporosis.
Spend half an hour of your Monday taking part in some gentle exercise and you’ll feel an instant sense of achievement, which will help to transform your day into a happier one.
4. Let Yourself Relax
Feelings of stress and anxiety can increase in menopause, and these could be heightened by the discourse around Blue Monday. If a yoga session didn’t work or wasn’t possible, make sure you’re taking some time to yourself in another way today.
Few activities are more relaxing than a long bath complete with a face mask and a good book, so indulge yourself and properly unwind to forget about everyday stresses.
Remember to make sure your bathwater isn’t too hot, as this could trigger a hot flush, or a night sweat if you have your soak just before bed.
5. Pamper Yourself
Taking time over your hair and make-up is another way to instantly feel more confident and like the best version of yourself, but hair loss and increasingly prominent wrinkles from the perimenopause stage onwards can get in the way of this.
However, there is help available, with some menopause supplements, such as Femarelle® Rejuvenate, containing ingredients designed to help keep your hair and skin looking and feeling youthful and healthy. These natural supplements contain biotin alongside the soy derivative DT56a to help with this.
When you’re feeling happy and confident with your appearance and you’re receiving support with your other menopause symptoms, your days - yes, even Mondays - should feel much happier and brighter.
Shop the full range of menopause supplements containing DT56a here.