As women, we learn to be discrete. Whether it's managing a heavy period, coping with an LBL moment, or cooling down a hot flash, throughout our lives we have more going on inside than what appears on the surface. Others may see a slight eyebrow raise, a momentary "oh no!" expression, or a quick gasp, but on the inside we're freaking out! Those alarming moments can take a toll on your nerves. To get some new ideas for restoring a sense of peace and wellbeing, I reached out to Gail Edgell the founder of Inside Out Wellness, and the acclaimed 360 Menopause website. She offered three easy tips for restoring the calm.
• Keep a Journal. It's a gentle way to explore your feelings and release unresolved emotions that otherwise stay underground and build up. Journaling helps you slow down, get present, and even notice some positive things you have in your life that you might have been overlooking.
• Five Minutes of Deep Breathing. Take five minutes out of your day to sit in a quiet place where you won't be disturbed. "If you're a type A personality like me and always on the go, keep your eyes open," said Gail, "Otherwise you'll fall asleep." Be still and present. Take slow deep breaths, not high shallow chest breaths. Belly breathing relieves stress. Put your hand on your stomach and feel it expand.
• Meditate. The key to making meditation work for you, is finding a guided meditation, or music that you like. There are tons of different meditation techniques. You may try five or six saying, "I hate this one. I hate that one. Oh! This one I like!" Find a type of meditation that is right for you. It doesn't have to be complicated. You can simply visualize a peaceful place.
What about you? How do you calm yourself after one of those very human moments we experience?