8 USEFUL TIPS TO GET YOU THROUGH THE PERIMENOPAUSE

8 USEFUL TIPS TO GET YOU THROUGH THE PERIMENOPAUSE
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Recently I have become concerned about my health.  All sorts of things started to go wrong from severe mood swings during certain times of the month to feeling utterly exhausted no matter how many hours sleep I got.  It was when reading up on how to improve my health that I came across Perimenopause.  It was the first time I had heard about it. Since then I have been devouring all the information I can about it, I believe that knowledge is power so understanding it helps with dealing with it.

 

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What is Perimenopause?

It is also known as the menopause transition.  Perimenopause takes place several years before the menopause and can last from four years to eight years.  It can happen to women in their late 30’s to early 40’s.  With the average age of menopause being 50 you can see why it’s important for us women to understand Perimenopause and educate ourselves on how to deal with the symptoms.

 

Perimenopause does not happen to all women but for those who do, it is a normal process.  According to Eileen Durward author of the A. Vogel The Menopause Guide Perimenopause is “the first phase during which your hormonal balance begins to change.  Many women will begin to experience menopausal symptoms at some point during the peri-menopausal phase.”

 

I would highly recommend you visit the A.Vogel website to equip you with the information on Perimenopause.

 

 

Symptoms of Perimenopause

There are several symptoms related to perimenopause and you may experience some of them or none if you are lucky!

 

  • Hot flushes
  • Night sweats
  • Insomnia
  • Changing periods (duration, flow)
  • Tiredness
  • Mood swings
  • Loss of confidence
  • Breast tenderness
  • Bloating
  • Aches and pains in your muscles

 

 

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8 Tips to Get You Through Perimenopause

 

  • Exercise

Taking regular exercise will help with your mood swings as well as staying healthy in your body and mind.  You should aim for 5 times per week.  You don’t need to go to a gym, a brisk walk is fine or doing an exercise programme at home as I have started to do is also great.

 

  • Food

The lovely Suzi over at Alternative Ageing highlights the importance of nutrition before, during and after the menopause.  Read her article Eating Your Way Out of the Menopause to learn more about the importance of diet and good nutrition during this transition period.

 

  • Good Sleeping Habits

If you are anything like me, the symptoms I have been experiencing have made it extremely tired.  It’s important therefore to get enough sleep.  That means keeping mobiles turned off when you go to bed!  Make sure your bedroom is a sanctuary when you can relax and unwind.

 

  • Avoid caffeine

Try to avoid caffeine as much as possible but avoid it close to bedtime.  Switch to a more relaxing hot cup of chamomile tea which will help you unwind.

 

  • Time out for yourself

During these changes to your body it is even more important to take time out for yourself.  Which can be extremely tough if you have a job and children!  It is important though that we take time to recharge our batteries.  Why not have a nice long soak in the bath or start meditation. Taking time out for 30 minutes a day has proven to reduce the symptoms of perimenopause!

 

  • Drink more water

Increasing your water intake can also help reduce symptoms.  I can vouch for this!  After reading this tip I immediately started to drink more water and my symptoms have improved.  Of course, it is difficult drinking more water especially in the winter.  But with a few changes I now drink a glass first thing in the morning and have a water bottle beside me as I type this and continually sip during the day.  Drinking little and often is the key.

 

  • Take control

There are many therapies and treatments that will help get you through any symptoms you are dealing with.  A.Vogel have a Menopause Support supplement for all stages of the Menopause and their Arnica Gel will help with any joint issues you are having.  There are also beauty products out there that all also help you take back control.  For example, if you are prone to increased hair growth the Jolen Crème Bleach facial hair lightening formula is gentle and safe to use.

 

  • Seek support

It can be lonely going through the Perimenopause, but you don’t have to do it on your own.  A. Vogel have a free 7-day plan with information, support, and advice to help you deal with the symptoms of Perimenopause and if you sign up you will also receive a free sample of Menopause Support.

 

 

Are there any other tips you have?  I’d love to hear them.

 

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239 Comments

  1. December 4, 2017 / 2:57 pm

    Excellent tips. Exercise, more water and a diet full of fruits and vegetables help keep your body in balance!

  2. Tracy Nixon
    December 5, 2017 / 9:51 am

    Hot baths to clear my senses and I stay warm on the sofa x

    • admin
      December 5, 2017 / 11:11 am

      Thank you 🙂

  3. Solange
    December 5, 2017 / 11:02 am

    I give my body some healthy, real food, I take a few minutes to get outside. A little time in the great outdoors can improves my mood and help me relax, A good night’s sleep also helps me deal with stress, Also, I try to find something that I enjoy and do it every day.

  4. Violet Perkins Phillippo
    December 5, 2017 / 12:12 pm

    I try and make sure that I don’t do too much so that I know and respect my limits and don’t get so overwhelmed.

  5. iain maciver
    December 5, 2017 / 12:14 pm

    relax in my chair with a brew

  6. Tony Metcalfe
    December 5, 2017 / 12:29 pm

    Relax with a cup of tea in a quiet space.

  7. Susan Lloyd
    December 5, 2017 / 12:35 pm

    A hot bath with scented candles x

  8. laura stewart
    December 5, 2017 / 1:02 pm

    watch tv x

  9. Margaret Gallagher
    December 5, 2017 / 1:03 pm

    A long walk if I can otherwise a soak in the bath

  10. ashleigh allan
    December 5, 2017 / 1:08 pm

    I read a book

  11. alix smith
    December 5, 2017 / 1:35 pm

    I love to relax by listening to a hypnotherapy recording or curling up with a good book

  12. Avs
    December 5, 2017 / 1:52 pm

    Coffee, fudge and a good movie.

  13. Tania Atfield
    December 5, 2017 / 2:25 pm

    EAt chocolate and go for walks

  14. Michaela Smith
    December 5, 2017 / 2:36 pm

    It would have to be a nice long bath with scented candles .

  15. December 5, 2017 / 2:38 pm

    I hadn’t heard of this until recently. Great tips for dealing with it #TwinklyTuesday

  16. jo liddement
    December 5, 2017 / 4:35 pm

    If i’m feeling stressed i like to find somewhere quiet and read a book and find a bit of peace.

  17. Alison Bruce
    December 5, 2017 / 6:30 pm

    a strong cup of tea

  18. joanne darnell
    December 5, 2017 / 6:32 pm

    walk my dog

  19. Donna Niman
    December 5, 2017 / 7:22 pm

    I do a gym class!

  20. December 5, 2017 / 7:43 pm

    Oh I’ve been battling with lots of horrid symptoms that no one talks about! I thought I was going mad to start with and the doctor has tried to prescribe me antidepressants about three times! I’m not depressed ffs! Recently I decided to just start looking after myself a little better. I swim two or three times per week which really helps. I also have started blending up spinach, pineapple, coconut water and lime each morning and drink it alongside a small bowl of plain porridge. This has really helped with my energy levels! I take a multivitamin with extra B12 and try to practise mindfulness where possible. All of these have helped. I’m even sleeping better! Amazing, especially since in the summer, I would be gardening at 3am as I was wide awake! Take care. It’s a tricky phase. #twinklytuesday

    • admin
      December 6, 2017 / 8:32 am

      So glad you are feeling better. Yes hate it when drs try and force tablets on you!

  21. Kim Neville
    December 5, 2017 / 8:13 pm

    Take time out with a nice relaxing bath and chill on sofa or bed otherwise go for a walk to clear head

  22. Angela Treadway
    December 5, 2017 / 8:13 pm

    usually a glass of wine and a warm blanket x

  23. Rebecca Brown
    December 5, 2017 / 8:51 pm

    I’m really bad at looking after myself(!) but a good long soak in the bath always destresses me

  24. C Philip
    December 5, 2017 / 9:49 pm

    I go for a walk.

  25. Linda C
    December 5, 2017 / 9:49 pm

    A wander around the garden in the fresh air, large mug of hot chocolate and a good book

  26. Amy Lambert
    December 5, 2017 / 9:52 pm

    Exercise always helps me destress I love to go for a nice long walk or a swim

  27. Kayleigh Watkins
    December 5, 2017 / 9:53 pm

    I escape to the shower for some peace and maybe a little cry, or I hug my children and tell myself life’s not so bad after all as long as I have my three babies xxx

  28. christine szlobodnik
    December 5, 2017 / 10:11 pm

    I put my favorite music on & just chill out or i watch a awesome film 🙂 thanks x

  29. Graham Ross
    December 5, 2017 / 10:38 pm

    relax with a cup of chamomile tea

  30. Alica
    December 5, 2017 / 10:48 pm

    I try and take time out from the day to day hassle of life and read a book, go for a walk or take a hot bath.

  31. Wendy Stanger
    December 5, 2017 / 11:12 pm

    A walk on the beach banishes my stress.

    Great tips

  32. Michelle smith
    December 5, 2017 / 11:42 pm

    I have a relaxing bubble bath

  33. kelly L
    December 6, 2017 / 12:59 am

    I do pilates!

  34. Elizabeth
    December 6, 2017 / 1:38 am

    Yet to find something that works, Was reading this to see if I could find any good ideas.

  35. Annaloa Hilmarsdottir
    December 6, 2017 / 1:50 am

    I do yoga or read a book in a hot bath.

  36. December 6, 2017 / 6:30 am

    I find crafting is very therapeutic when I’m stressed. I get totally engrossed in the creativity and completely forget my problems and anxieties

  37. December 6, 2017 / 6:31 am

    I find crafting is very therapeutic when I’m stressed. I get totally engrossed in the creativity and completely forget my problems and anxieties
    Hope this doesn’t come through twice, I got an error message when I posted

  38. Suzanne
    December 6, 2017 / 7:17 am

    I go for a long walk to switch off completely then relax with a cup of tea and a book.

  39. Frances H
    December 6, 2017 / 7:53 am

    Gardening. Not easy in the winter months but there’s always something you can do or plan for when spring comes.

  40. Emma Walton
    December 6, 2017 / 10:07 am

    Unfortunately, I have no coping strategies for when I become stressed and have been advised to request some form of counseling.

  41. moss maureen
    December 6, 2017 / 1:43 pm

    Sit quietly and think of positive happy moments

  42. Donna S
    December 6, 2017 / 4:29 pm

    I listen to music

  43. Andrea Fletcher
    December 6, 2017 / 5:17 pm

    Either doing some gardening or reading a book..

  44. Lucy
    December 6, 2017 / 5:50 pm

    Have a bubble bath and then watch a film in my PJ’s

  45. Lorna Ledger
    December 6, 2017 / 8:49 pm

    I like to have a pamper shower, put clean pj;s on – and watch a soppy film! Maybe have a little cry!

  46. December 6, 2017 / 10:42 pm

    These are great tips. I’m 43 and I think I’m peri-menopausal too. My GP gave me hormone pessaries to insert the week before my period.

  47. Angie Mcdonald
    December 6, 2017 / 11:15 pm

    If I;’m not too worn out, I’ll do some yoga – if not I make myself a fruit tea and grab a good book

  48. Sheena Batey
    December 6, 2017 / 11:42 pm

    I take deep breaths

  49. December 7, 2017 / 12:15 am

    Turn off anything electronic, go for a walk, read, sleep

  50. Karen watt
    December 7, 2017 / 4:56 am

    Drink green tea and a good book

  51. Ruth Harwood
    December 7, 2017 / 9:58 am

    I sit in the bedroom with a coffee and a book and some peace and quiet xx

  52. Helen Humphries
    December 7, 2017 / 1:58 pm

    I shower! It literally seems to wash away tension and bad vibes.

  53. clara b
    December 7, 2017 / 2:01 pm

    make a fruit smoothie with lots of good stuff in

  54. Catherine Barton
    December 7, 2017 / 9:31 pm

    A walk in the country to lift my spirits

  55. Melissa Lee
    December 8, 2017 / 8:46 am

    I tend to make sure I clear my calendar and take time alone to read, pamper myself and do things I enjoy like a nice walk in the outdoors

  56. Rachael Sexey
    December 8, 2017 / 9:24 am

    I have a nice hot bubble bath with a good book and a glass of wine

  57. Anneka
    December 8, 2017 / 1:22 pm

    I do mindfullness meditation and use essential oils

  58. Sharon Herbert
    December 10, 2017 / 10:23 am

    Thank you for the above information, I have only recently heard of the perimenopause and have quite a few of the mentioned symptoms

  59. claire woods
    December 10, 2017 / 11:02 am

    I do exercise – go for a cold swim.

  60. clair downham
    December 11, 2017 / 6:57 pm

    try to sleep more

  61. Stevie
    December 11, 2017 / 9:46 pm

    I have a great family around me.

  62. Donna Robert
    December 11, 2017 / 9:54 pm

    Try and have 5 minutes to myself with a cup of coffee

  63. Sobia
    December 11, 2017 / 9:57 pm

    I try to sleep more because I find that deep sleep is the cure to most of my problems in life, be they physical or emotional.

  64. Jane Henshaw
    December 11, 2017 / 10:21 pm

    A hot bath, a hot cup of tea a bar of chocolate and a good book

  65. Ellen h
    December 11, 2017 / 10:25 pm

    I have a long soak in a hot bubble bath to destress…

  66. Alison Johnson
    December 11, 2017 / 10:29 pm

    I try to relax by doing cross-stitch or reading, but it doesn’t always work.

  67. Eve H Ogden
    December 11, 2017 / 10:50 pm

    Sleep

  68. Gemma Holland
    December 12, 2017 / 12:04 am

    Plenty of sleep and relaxation when possible

  69. Lynda Graham
    December 12, 2017 / 12:13 am

    I read -with a nice cup of peppermint tea..

  70. Sophie Carter
    December 12, 2017 / 1:33 am

    I do my breathing technique. Inhale 4 seconds, hold 6 seconds exhale 5 seconds

  71. laura jones
    December 12, 2017 / 1:42 am

    i take time for myself lose myself in a book nothing like a chapter to take me to another world or a relaxing bubble bath or some yoga depending on where i am at the time

  72. silvia
    December 12, 2017 / 8:03 am

    I practice yoga, it’s so good for the mind as well as the body.

  73. Jason Tolliss
    December 12, 2017 / 8:35 am

    Hot bath with some relaxing music and scented candles or I go for a good run

  74. Oli Marshall
    December 12, 2017 / 9:30 am

    I have a very healthy and busy lifestyle but, from time to time my body just has a need to stop/I feel stressed. This is the time when I spend resting and sleeping. The strangest thing is, it lasts only a day or two and, then, as if nothing happened, I am back to my normal self :).

  75. Anthea Holloway
    December 12, 2017 / 10:35 am

    I go outside and try to look around the garden or go for a walk. It helps.

  76. December 12, 2017 / 10:57 am

    Retreat to my bed and listen on headphones to guided visualisation by The Honest Guys.

  77. December 12, 2017 / 11:31 am

    Thanks for the good advice i’ve been suffering with hot sweats esp at night but I’ve been using lavender oil and meditation to help. I’ll make some more diet changes too. Thanks love bec xx

    • admin
      December 12, 2017 / 11:53 am

      You are welcome. Best of luck with it all. x

  78. Annabel Greaves
    December 12, 2017 / 1:04 pm

    I like to relax with a nice bubble bath

  79. Lina Farrell
    December 12, 2017 / 11:41 pm

    I’ve recently started mindfulness and meditation practice which I’m finding is helping lots in taking control of stress and allowing myself to move through the moment rather than get caught up in it. Getting more balance with trying to get more sleep and getting myself an evening routine has also helped with stress for me.

    With regards to perimenopause, I’m now 37 and this is something new I’m very new too but have actually been suffering with symptoms over this last year. I don’t have any tips for anyone else at the moment as I’m just learning about it and how I can help myself just now. So my best tip would be to learn as much as possible and try to get to know your new self a bit better to embrace this aging thing.

    • admin
      December 13, 2017 / 9:23 am

      Thank you so much for sharing this. x

  80. Sarah Ann
    December 13, 2017 / 12:55 am

    I try to meditate. It’s difficult but I’m really enjoying it.

  81. Crystal F
    December 13, 2017 / 10:07 am

    Before my period I find I feel very angry so I try and do some intense exercise to burn the anger away.

  82. lisa dolatowski
    December 13, 2017 / 12:59 pm

    I like to either go on a walk around my local woods/park but if I feel too bad to get out, then I will just get a good book and my throw and switch of the TV, close the curtains and read

  83. Yolanda Davis
    December 13, 2017 / 6:51 pm

    I make myself a mug of peppermint tea and go n lay down, either in bed or on the sofa, and I read. It takes my mind off of things.

  84. Leila Benhamida
    December 14, 2017 / 12:29 pm

    I do breathing exercise and have a nice shower

  85. Lila B Taylor
    December 15, 2017 / 3:00 pm

    i go out for a walk with my dogs through the surrounding countryside, i also practice mindfulness which has helped my stress levels enormously x

  86. lorraine kirk
    December 16, 2017 / 7:23 pm

    I could look after myself better. I find going for a walk or doing a physically demanding task helps.

  87. Susan B
    December 17, 2017 / 5:48 pm

    I try to repeat calming affirmations over and over and breathe deeply in between.

  88. Lynn Neal
    December 18, 2017 / 12:09 am

    A long soak in a lavender bubble bath helps to relax me!

  89. Kath Hooper
    December 19, 2017 / 4:18 pm

    I exercise. Yoga is my preferred method, but a walk in the park, a bike ride or a zumba class are all helpful

  90. ElizM
    December 20, 2017 / 12:47 pm

    sleep’s the best remedy for me

  91. kara
    December 20, 2017 / 1:06 pm

    an Epsom salt bath. x

  92. Alex L
    December 20, 2017 / 5:12 pm

    I like to de stress with a nice hot bath, or if I’m at work a lovely calming cup of herbal tea usually works

  93. Don Jones
    December 20, 2017 / 7:03 pm

    Play rugby

  94. lucy barlow
    December 20, 2017 / 7:25 pm

    I like to craft, to make things with my own hand, and to take time in National Trust Gardens being with Nature

  95. Lesley Callaghan
    December 20, 2017 / 8:16 pm

    curling up with my kindle

  96. Sadiyya Maryam
    December 20, 2017 / 10:28 pm

    Many, many thanks for this lovely and apt post. I am going through an early perimenopause and the tips here are so helpful. I find watching comedy series or films help me de-stress as laughter really is a great medicine!

  97. December 22, 2017 / 7:35 am

    Nice hot bath with a cup of tea (sometimes herbal, sometimes builders tea), a book and some music.

  98. judy kennedy
    December 22, 2017 / 12:43 pm

    A bath is the best relaxant for me

  99. December 22, 2017 / 4:58 pm

    I cut right down on my commitments and get out in the garden

  100. December 22, 2017 / 6:48 pm

    I’d never heard of this either. Great post with lots of great advice. Looking after yourself in mind and body can help with so much.
    Thank you for joining #FamilyFunLinky x

  101. Rachel Craig
    December 23, 2017 / 12:18 am

    I aim to try to eat healthily. Try to get sufficient sleep and rest. If possible I try to arrange an appointment for an aromatherapy massage, as great for easing any muscle tension.

  102. Mark Mccaffery
    December 24, 2017 / 1:06 pm

    I go for a short walk.

  103. Katerina Economides
    December 24, 2017 / 2:13 pm

    I try to get enough sleep, ensure I am eating right and try to spend some time on my own for a bit of peace.

  104. December 24, 2017 / 4:05 pm

    Have a bath with some lovely smelling bath salts to ease the stress away

  105. Lorna Roberts
    December 24, 2017 / 5:31 pm

    I’m not very good at it but going for a run can be good.

  106. Jayne Townson
    December 24, 2017 / 7:56 pm

    I either go for a nice long walk or I sit and meditate for twenty minutes.

  107. Philana Hagley
    December 24, 2017 / 8:07 pm

    I have a bath and listen to music

  108. Lorraine Stone
    December 24, 2017 / 8:31 pm

    I usually read a book and get away from my surroundings for a bit.

  109. MARK HOPKINS
    December 26, 2017 / 10:00 am

    I take the dog for a long walk.

  110. Margaret Mccaffery
    December 26, 2017 / 12:39 pm

    I’d read a book or magazine

  111. Sarah Mccaffery
    December 26, 2017 / 6:09 pm

    I take a short nap

  112. Christine
    December 26, 2017 / 9:49 pm

    I have a bubble bath whilst listening to an audio book. Then put on a fluffy dressing gown and cuddle my pets!

  113. December 27, 2017 / 7:36 pm

    I don’t tend to do anything, just carry on as I seem to be permanently stressed these days

  114. Natalie Gibbings
    December 28, 2017 / 10:40 am

    Herbal tea and some catch-up TV

  115. donna l jones
    December 28, 2017 / 6:13 pm

    have a bath

  116. adriana
    December 28, 2017 / 11:56 pm

    I like to read books or just lay down and listen to music.

  117. Barbara Daniels
    December 29, 2017 / 8:00 pm

    have along hot bath with lots of bubbles and glass of wine

  118. JULIE WARD
    December 29, 2017 / 8:49 pm

    I usually start doing housework, bit sad really

  119. Julie Kenny
    December 29, 2017 / 8:54 pm

    I do yoga and meditation and try an escape in a good book x x

  120. Katie Skeoch
    December 29, 2017 / 8:57 pm

    Some “me time” to do something I want you do without interruptions is my de-stress relief

  121. Katy Hacket
    December 29, 2017 / 9:44 pm

    I have an aromatherapy bath and face mask.

  122. Debbie Burfoot
    December 29, 2017 / 9:50 pm

    Talk to people around me who love and support me and tell me as it is, usually I’m giving myself a rough ride and need to take some time just for me

  123. Sara Dunn
    December 29, 2017 / 9:51 pm

    Wonderful giveaway x

  124. December 29, 2017 / 10:27 pm

    To be honest for me blogging helps a lot – sometimes writing about what is up and sharing ways to combat it can help.

  125. Dean T
    December 30, 2017 / 2:35 am

    When I am stressed I cook and go for a walk, come back to a nice meal in the oven

  126. Beky Austerberry
    December 30, 2017 / 10:18 am

    I soak in the bath & read a book

  127. Deborah Hambleton
    December 30, 2017 / 4:12 pm

    I go to a spinning class as it always gives me such a boost no matter how tired or stressed i am

  128. hannah wood
    December 30, 2017 / 9:21 pm

    I have a Lush bath that helps me and some time on my own.

  129. Carole Nott
    December 30, 2017 / 10:21 pm

    siting quiet by myself with an easy crossword

  130. ZARA TENC
    December 30, 2017 / 10:54 pm

    Drink lots of water and remember pleasant memories! 🙂

  131. Cherry Edwards
    December 31, 2017 / 1:18 pm

    Quiet time, talking to friends, relaxing hot bath and distractions in the form of good films that absorb the mind.

  132. Sam B
    December 31, 2017 / 1:38 pm

    An epsom salt bath

  133. christine westlake
    December 31, 2017 / 2:59 pm

    me time and relaxation

  134. lynn Mackeonis
    December 31, 2017 / 3:31 pm

    I get plenty of sleep and drink plenty of water, keeps me healthy and the germs away.

  135. Gillian McClelland
    December 31, 2017 / 4:15 pm

    I go for walks and try to build mindfulness into each day

  136. December 31, 2017 / 10:45 pm

    i try to live mindfully, but it still gets a bit much sometimes. My son is a world of sense and compassion, he cheers me up and sets my mind right again. Plus..pets. Pets are fab 🙂

  137. paula cheadle
    December 31, 2017 / 10:50 pm

    Relax with a cuppa,

  138. Naina J
    January 1, 2018 / 1:08 am

    cup of tea helps me

  139. Karen Whittaker
    January 1, 2018 / 11:40 am

    I take the dogs for a long walk. Exercise and peace together.

  140. Tracy Gladman
    January 1, 2018 / 12:50 pm

    I tend to sit in a quiet room and consider my options.

  141. Michelle lintern
    January 1, 2018 / 3:59 pm

    Hot bath, clean scented sheets and a good book

  142. Sarah Austin
    January 1, 2018 / 8:02 pm

    I do pilates or have a long soak in the bath!

  143. Lisa George
    January 1, 2018 / 9:45 pm

    I tend to do some meditation or online hypnosis. That calms me down. Or I have a warm bath with candles and incense!

  144. Rebecca Sutton
    January 1, 2018 / 10:04 pm

    Having some time to myself, my conversation or noise, just peace.

  145. Donna W
    January 1, 2018 / 10:10 pm

    I find a good workout helps relieve stress, followed by a nice warm shower, a glass of wine and a good book.

  146. Hazel Rea
    January 1, 2018 / 10:25 pm

    I walk on the beach or in the park if I haven’t much time as I find being close to nature helps (even sitting in the garden). I also find soothing classical music helps – and if all else fails I take Rescue Remedy which really works.

  147. Alison Ross
    January 1, 2018 / 11:15 pm

    A nice walk and some steambathing

  148. Keith Hunt
    January 2, 2018 / 2:57 am

    Take the dogs for a run on the local beach.

  149. Kelly White
    January 2, 2018 / 6:14 am

    I sleep a lot when I’m stressed, I can always tell when my stress levels start t rise as I get far more tired.

  150. Julie Wilson
    January 2, 2018 / 6:34 am

    I put on a guided meditation and try to zone out for half an hour.

  151. Caroline Blaza
    January 2, 2018 / 7:34 am

    Listen to my favourite music and have a warm bubble bath x

  152. ADEINNE TONNER
    January 2, 2018 / 12:39 pm

    For me personally i read a book or go for a nice hot bubble bath.

  153. MANDY DOHERTY
    January 2, 2018 / 5:45 pm

    I use mindfulness or have a long soak in the bath

  154. Stefany Acaster
    January 2, 2018 / 7:34 pm

    A relaxing bath

  155. Ann Willers
    January 2, 2018 / 7:37 pm

    Stand in the garden taking some deep breaths and noticing all the lovely things around me, then a mug of coffee and a good read

  156. sallyanne rose
    January 2, 2018 / 10:17 pm

    i run, aim for 3 times a week

  157. Helena Gilbert
    January 2, 2018 / 11:15 pm

    I go for a walk into the forest with my dog….the trees and the smells and everything there is so calming and I feel so content being there that all negative thoughts vanish……the power of nature !

  158. Cat Williams
    January 2, 2018 / 11:21 pm

    I make sure my home is tidy, turn off social media and sit in the peace and quiet

  159. Kristin Burdsall
    January 3, 2018 / 2:58 pm

    Just having half an hour alone to have a hot bath makes me feel wonderfully relaxed and ready to face the world again

  160. P Williams
    January 3, 2018 / 4:43 pm

    Go hiking

  161. sharon catterall
    January 3, 2018 / 6:22 pm

    When im stressed i find it better to remove myself from whoever or whatever is stressing me,i’ll either go for a drive on my own ,playing my music loud,or ill lock the bathroom door and have a long soak (and cry) or failing that,i ring my mum,mum always knows best

  162. sheri Darby
    January 3, 2018 / 8:09 pm

    A long hot bath or a long walk always work for me

  163. Nicki Ramsay
    January 3, 2018 / 8:57 pm

    Thanks for the tips, I am going through it at the moment. I find that going on a long dog walk helps to destress and forget about all my worries.

  164. kate kathurima
    January 3, 2018 / 10:26 pm

    im still working on finding a way to destress

  165. Louise Reeks
    January 4, 2018 / 11:39 am

    Hot Bath and listen to some music whilst soaking

  166. Rachel White
    January 4, 2018 / 12:08 pm

    I like to take my bassets out for a long walk….

  167. Lorna Peppiatt
    January 4, 2018 / 4:05 pm

    Drink herbal tea, get lots of rest and take long walks with the dog

  168. Michelle Stewart
    January 4, 2018 / 5:18 pm

    I take my dog for a long walk through the woods

  169. Fiona Johnstone
    January 4, 2018 / 7:16 pm

    I go for a walk and really look around me. At the sky, the plants, the birds. I also, as I walk, breath in deeply to get the fresh air right into my lungs. I’m very lucky to live in a rural area

  170. Kat Allinson
    January 4, 2018 / 8:04 pm

    I tend to go for a run to clear my mind

  171. Jo McPherson
    January 4, 2018 / 8:34 pm

    I try to find some quiet time, like my bedroom where its tidy and comfortable and I can relax on my own for a few mintues

  172. Sharon Wormald
    January 4, 2018 / 10:54 pm

    I use audio hypnosis to help me when im stressed the effects dont last a long time but long enough for my brain and body to get a rest…im using the Glenn Harold app at the moment

  173. January 5, 2018 / 9:11 am

    i take time out from whatever im doing and have a little ME time x

  174. Emma Middleton
    January 5, 2018 / 9:43 am

    I take my baby boy for a walk along the promenade and let my worries and stress blow away in the breeze

  175. Kristyn Harris
    January 5, 2018 / 10:42 am

    When I am stressed I try to remember to go somewhere quiet and practice my deep breathing.

  176. Ruth lee
    January 5, 2018 / 1:25 pm

    Wine and a bath

  177. Tracy B
    January 5, 2018 / 1:30 pm

    I try and take some time out. Somewhere quiet so I can gather my thoughts and calm my mind

  178. Natalie Carter
    January 5, 2018 / 3:51 pm

    Bath and try to have some me time on my own to regenerate myself for the next chapter

  179. Charlie whitehall
    January 5, 2018 / 4:06 pm

    I like to relax by getting into pyjamas drinking tea and a slice of cake

  180. Daisy belle
    January 5, 2018 / 4:48 pm

    Spot of yoga and a walk

  181. Jessica Barber
    January 5, 2018 / 5:45 pm

    I try to do some yoga and get out in nature with the dogs – I”m keen to start trying meditation though!

  182. Michelle Wild
    January 5, 2018 / 7:08 pm

    A book and a glass of wine!

  183. Pamela Cooper
    January 5, 2018 / 8:17 pm

    Conforming music

  184. Ruth L
    January 5, 2018 / 8:22 pm

    Curl up with a warm blanket and a good book

  185. Simone Griffin
    January 5, 2018 / 8:50 pm

    A hot bubble bath relaxes me x

  186. Lucy Carter
    January 5, 2018 / 10:32 pm

    I go for a walk to clear my head and get some fresh air

  187. Adrian Bold
    January 5, 2018 / 11:38 pm

    A nice shower, than relaxing watching a good film with some nibbles and a drink.

  188. Tracey S Anderson
    January 6, 2018 / 12:25 am

    If i feel my anixiety levels creeping up then i usually focus on my adult colouring. I find it a great way to focus the mind and a fabulous way to de-stress and relax 🙂 x

  189. Natalie Gillham
    January 6, 2018 / 1:25 am

    I suffer badly from stress and sometimes get panic attacks, .I find there are several things I can do to help me feel calmer, One way is to concentrate on slowing on breathing, another is to have a relaxing bath and then read, and I also find it calming to watch gentle programmes where everyone is civil to each other, like the waltons or little house on the praire or even some childrens programmes.

  190. Zara Gabriel
    January 6, 2018 / 4:17 am

    How does the meditate pillow work? Does anyone have any advice on muscle cramps especially at night 😁

  191. January 6, 2018 / 4:52 am

    I think it depends on my mood.. sometimes i book myself in for a massage as its really one of the best ways to relax and I also need them myself as I am a complementary therapist. I like to use aromatherapy oils in my diffuser, light candles and sit in my summerhouse in the garden. Other times, it might be a walk, or sitting around an open fire.. I also try to read if the kids are in bed and I get some peace and quiet. Great article by the way. I was recently tested for perimenopause… all signs point to it so exercise for me, and changing to a plant based diet when I can.

  192. Emma Hussain
    January 6, 2018 / 5:41 am

    I do some breathing exercises and talk about why I’m stressed to a friend or my husband

  193. Sophie Camara Boatman
    January 6, 2018 / 7:06 am

    I have a cup of tea and chat to my other girl friends !

  194. Gemma Massey
    January 6, 2018 / 8:08 am

    I struggle a lot with stress and panic attacks. I take lots of deep breaths and try and distract myself I love adult colouring books

  195. Samantha gray
    January 6, 2018 / 9:38 am

    I don’t know how to destress! I work in the ER and I take very little time for myself I think it’s time I start

  196. Elizabeth Cooke
    January 6, 2018 / 9:56 am

    I make an effort to eat healthier and take some time to relax, go to bed early and read a book – try to rest and have a bit of escapism.

  197. Carol Boffey
    January 6, 2018 / 10:00 am

    A hot bubble bath

  198. Petra Beck
    January 6, 2018 / 10:31 am

    Yoga, a hot shower and an early night help me to relieve stress.

  199. January 6, 2018 / 10:53 am

    I go for a lovely walk along the seafront to clear the stress away

  200. vera Bahounkova
    January 6, 2018 / 11:27 am

    Relaxing with a glass of wine, some chocolates and a good film

  201. Demi
    January 6, 2018 / 11:39 am

    Peppermint tea and some aromatherapy oils!

  202. M Knappett
    January 6, 2018 / 11:40 am

    Light a candle and have a cup of tea.

  203. Kellie Steed
    January 6, 2018 / 11:46 am

    Not enough really. I use competitions as a chilling out technique as I really enjoy entering them, so I call that, “my time”

  204. Joanna Orr
    January 6, 2018 / 12:00 pm

    Doing something artistic! I’m at my most relaxed when I’m spending some ME time making my stained glass designs!

  205. Hayley Pemberton
    January 6, 2018 / 12:30 pm

    i dont really. i just carry on when i need to take more time out

  206. janine atkin
    January 6, 2018 / 12:54 pm

    i have a bath and read

  207. Anna Wilds
    January 6, 2018 / 2:23 pm

    Go to the gym or do yoga , time on my own with a cuppa x

  208. Wendy Guy
    January 6, 2018 / 2:48 pm

    A long soak in the bath surrounded by candles.

  209. juliette morrison
    January 6, 2018 / 3:12 pm

    I put my headphones on and go for a walk. I find that exercise regulates my breathing and in turn helps destress

  210. Hayley Todd
    January 6, 2018 / 3:33 pm

    I have a tendancy to not look after myself if I am honest. I just tend to get on with it, so the stress levels increase, leading to me suffering with severe headaches, upset stomach’s and massive mood swings. I just don’t seem to find the time to take time out for me, so this would really encourage me to take some time to help de-stress and relax.

  211. Kerry Smith
    January 6, 2018 / 3:59 pm

    Warm lavender bath

  212. jackie beckett
    January 6, 2018 / 4:02 pm

    I went through it mid 40 and it was horrible and not talked about then so much My daughter is going through it now with sickness, bad heads, depression and anxiety attacks far worse than I had . It always starts with terrible feelings of impending doom this feeling is now reckonised as the start and to a certain extent fought by thinking 2 days and I will feel better Other than that healthy eating / scented baths and long walks with the dog in the woods

  213. Giuliana Britti
    January 6, 2018 / 4:25 pm

    Long walks have always been my go to when I am stressed as I get to be by myself with my thoughts

  214. Angela Macdonald
    January 6, 2018 / 5:11 pm

    I pamper myself by having a long soak in the bath, doing a facial and then maybe do a jigsaw or read a book to unwind

  215. Angela Young
    January 6, 2018 / 5:22 pm

    When I’m stressed I talk it through with my best friend or go for a brisk walk with the dogs.

  216. tammi nutting
    January 6, 2018 / 5:56 pm

    a long walk it clears my mind

  217. Jennifer Baker
    January 6, 2018 / 5:58 pm

    Take deep breaths and go for a nice refreshing walk x x x

  218. Ruth Wollerton
    January 6, 2018 / 6:35 pm

    I practice yoga and go for a run.

  219. Lynda Moore
    January 6, 2018 / 6:50 pm

    A run or brisk walk normally followed by a large glass of Malbec!

  220. Karen Scott
    January 6, 2018 / 6:56 pm

    Nice bubble bath and listen to music

  221. Sheila Reeves
    January 6, 2018 / 7:13 pm

    Depending on the time of day, either go for a walk on my own or have a warm bath with lavender oil

  222. Melanie
    January 6, 2018 / 7:34 pm

    Relax in the bath trying to read a book to de-stress

  223. Gwyn Sharps
    January 6, 2018 / 7:53 pm

    I do meditation, go for a walk or listen to relaxing music

  224. maggie fawcett
    January 6, 2018 / 8:43 pm

    I take a long walk by the sea

  225. Alison Latham
    January 6, 2018 / 8:56 pm

    Light some candles and chill with a book or magazine.

  226. Wendy Reynolds
    January 6, 2018 / 9:16 pm

    I roll out my yoga mat, go for a walk, get in the sea and breathe!

  227. joanne cox
    January 6, 2018 / 9:27 pm

    I do get hot flushes! i go for walksalong the river bank to get fresh air. .

  228. Mary Davis
    January 6, 2018 / 9:28 pm

    I usually do one of more of the following: pray (very helpful and important!!), lie down with relaxing sounds or music, breathe slowly and deeply, look at pretty things like flowers, go out in nature if I can, read an uplifting (and not challenging) book, talk to someone soothing/encouraging, etc.

  229. rachel curley
    January 6, 2018 / 9:54 pm

    Go for a walk to distress

  230. jade rice
    January 6, 2018 / 11:04 pm

    i have a nice warm drink and a good book

  231. Natalie Crossan
    January 6, 2018 / 11:23 pm

    Take my dog for a nice long walk along brighton beach 🙂 She is a lovely calming dog, as well as the beach being calming

  232. January 6, 2018 / 11:55 pm

    I find crafting relaxes me, there is peace in making something pretty.

  233. Sunita Verma
    January 6, 2018 / 11:58 pm

    Get a good nights sleep…and take my dog out for walks along the bridal paths and fields away from the hustle and bustle

  234. Maria P
    January 7, 2018 / 1:44 pm

    with a good book and a cup of herb tea

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