During menopause, some women may experience hot flashes, sleep disturbances, mood swings, anxiety, stress, fatigue, muscle and joint pain, osteoporosis, or heart disease, among other discomforts. Stress is known to trigger some of the common menopausal disorders.
Our mind is often scattered and poorly focused. It is usually affected by negative emotions and thoughts limited by our beliefs and patterns.
Most of us live in this busy world with our busy schedules almost without stopping for a single moment to live in the present moment or connect with ourselves.
Scientific studies reveal that people who meditate regularly develop greater awareness of themselves and the present. When you meditate and silence the mental chatter, you experience more positive emotions and broaden your perspective.
Meditation and benefits
Meditation is a wonderful technique of self-observation, of mind-body connection, of being more aware and present. A practice that greatly relieves the stress of our daily life.
It is a philosophy of life that gives people greater happiness and originates a new way of behaving that is much more adaptive and productive and not so reactive.
Scientists argue that meditation and mindfulness help people better manage stress and can change the way we usually respond to stressful situations.
When menopausal symptoms appear, we may get nervous or react in ways that could make what we feel worse, so if we deal with it better, the symptoms are likely to lessen.
Recent research suggests that women who regularly practice meditation and mindfulness seem to experience fewer menopausal symptoms.
In addition to the many health benefits, different studies have shown it can lower blood pressure, and it has a very positive impact on the heart.
Whether it is to calm the mind, to find oneself or to reduce anxiety, it is interesting that you introduce this practice into your daily life, as a way to improve the quality of life.
Types of meditation
Science has proven the benefits of meditation for physical and emotional health. There are many types of meditation, and the ideal is that you choose the one that best suits your needs and motivates you.
I indicate 6 types:
- Vipassana. Silent meditation. It is a method of Buddhist self-observation and meditation. It is considered a process of mind-body self-purification.
- Metta meditation. As scientific studies show, compassion and this kind and loving form of meditation have been shown to be particularly helpful in fostering empathy, positivity, acceptance, and compassion for oneself and others.
- Meditation with mantras. A mantra is a repeated phrase that helps us reach the state of relaxation and internalization that leads to the meditative state. It keeps you present and helps your mind not to stray, to think about other things. Try affirmations like “I am capable, I am happy”, allowing their meaning to seep into the subconscious, helping to change negative habits and patterns to positive ones.
- Meditation in motion. It consists of doing any slow and repetitive movement while we are in a deep state of attention, it is used a lot in yoga where we change posture to the rhythm of breathing.
- Meditation with attention to the Chakras. We meditate through the 7 main energy centers, to activate and balance energy and physical and emotional health.
- Mindfulness. Mindfulness meditation. A western adaptation of Buddhism. Focused on what happens inside us. In a world in which we perform many activities unconsciously, it teaches us to pay full attention at every moment.
Meditation is not always easy, especially in the beginning, as it requires discipline, practice and effort. But in the long run, its benefits are many.
It can also serve as an alternative therapy to improve health and general well-being.
Meditation, breathing exercises, and yoga are alternative practices to reduce and alleviate the bothersome symptoms of menopause, in order to lead a more balanced, fulfilling, and healthy life.
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And if you have any questions or need more information, do not hesitate to contact me. I would love to help you in any way I can. If you dare, we can also meditate together.
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