Menopause myths and how hypnotherapy can help
Many myths surround the menopause – most of them showing it in a negative light. But, it should not and does not have to be a time of fear and misery. There are many things you can do to make the transition into menopause easier. The following article highlights the way hypnotherapy can help ease these symptoms.
Always remember that these symptoms will ease as you pass through the menopause. As with most things, look after yourself making sure you have a balanced diet low in sugar and ensure you get plenty of exercise and sleep.
The menopause is a disease. Probably the most common and most damaging myth. As with pregnancy, the menopause is a stage in life not an illness. It is a transition in life and should be treated as such with its own challenges and opportunities for growth. Hypnotherapy works by replacing old negative ways of thinking with more positive one. And although this alone may not ease all unpleasant symptoms, it will certainly help.
You should dread the menopause. There is still a stigma associated with the menopause. Talking about it with someone who can help and who does not see the menopause as the end of one part of your life, but instead as the beginning of a new stage in life to be embraced not rejected.
You will put on weight. This is not inevitable. Our metabolism naturally slows down as we get older, but a healthy diet and plenty of exercise should prevent you from putting on excess weight during menopause. Hypnotherapy has helped many people lose weight and so can also help prevent menopausal weight gain.
Your sex drive will disappear. There can be a thinning of the vaginal walls, which can lead to painful sex but lubricants can help this. If you are suffering symptoms of menopause, as with stress or any other times you feel off colour, your libido will drop. But interest in sex usually returns when symptoms ease. Many women enjoy a very satisfying sex life well into old age.
You will just have to put up with hot flushes and night sweats. This is not true. There are many things you can do to help menopausal symptoms. Hypnotherapy has been used successfully to help women manage menopausal symptoms such as hot flushes, palpitations and night sweats.
Your brain will go to mush. Memory loss can occur during menopause and although not permanent, can lead to much anxiety. Memory lapses can occur due to lack of sleep and worry but also due to hormones. Hypnotherapy can treat the anxiety and fear around forgetfulness and help with insomnia.
You will be mentally unstable. Another damaging stereotype – that of women behaving irrationally due to their hormones. Many women experience mood swings during menopause resulting in irritability and impatience and it can put a strain on relationships. Learning to relax through self-hypnosis and other stress reduction methods can help even out moods.
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About Judith Stafford
Judith Stafford is an experienced highly qualified clinical hypnotherapist. As well as helping women through the menopause, she specialises in the treatment of stress and anxiety disorders. She has helped many people achieve improve their lives by making positive changes to achieve their goals.