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Serenity Now: Meditation for Menopause

Try it, and you may be the next person to start raving about how meditation changed her life.

We all know that meditation is good for us.

Right up there with rotating our tires, flossing our teeth three times a day, and Kegels: things that we know we should be doing, but don’t always manage to do consistently.

(Challenge: do 20 Kegels while you are reading this. Yes, you! Right now!)

Every so often, I come across another article about the benefits of meditation: for stress, insomnia, weight loss, headaches, and more.

It makes sense. Take one deep breath, and then exhale. Notice that you feel a lot more relaxed. It is safe to say that doing that on a regular basis will have many health benefits.

Yes, that’s right: meditation isn’t just “relaxing.” It’s beneficial for heart health and longevity as well.

Josh Trutt, MD, an expert from PhysioAge Medical Group in NYC, says:

“When we relax, our heart rate slows down. But when we meditate, the interval between each beat of our heart changes and becomes smoother. That interval between each beat is called Heart Rate Variability (or HRV), and smoothing it out is what lets those Yogi masters live longer–in fact in 2010 the American Journal of Cardiology reported that maintaining a healthy HRV as we age actually predicts longevity!”

Live longer, you say? Fantastic!

But the million-dollar question is: Will it help with my hot flashes?

Well, since many menopause symptoms are triggered or aggravated by stress, and meditation reduces stress, it’s safe to say YES, you will see some relief from menopause symptoms.

Meditation practitioners say that daily meditation helps balance the body’s energies and promotes all-around healing and well-being.

I did a little hunting and found this great 4 minute meditation that I really enjoy:

4 Minute Meditation to Ease Menopause Symptoms

 And then I discovered an amazing resource that everyone should check out right now.

It’s called the Mindvalley Academy and they have FREE online lessons in meditation, relationships, the mind-body connection, health, self-improvement, and more.

Mindvalley is an AMAZING resource and they make it easy to get started. But, don’t let me limit you, there are other resources, and if you have ones you like, share them in the comments, please!

I’ve been meditating for about a week now and I am definitely sleeping better and feel much more relaxed.

Try it, and you may be the next person to start raving about how meditation changed her life.

Now I’m off to get my tires rotated.

[Editor’s Note:  You don’t have to be dressed perfectly, and in a perfect location- say, by the beach, with your hair flowing. You can meditate right now, as you are. But that wouldn’t be a fun picture at all, so I used this one. Anyway, we can PRETEND to be at the beach, in our lululemon togs, maybe that might be inspiring…smiling.]

About Allie McKenzie

Allie is a contributing author at Hot Flash Daily.

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