4 Benefits of Journaling in Menopause

Everyone experiences bad days in menopause, and need a safe place to let those feelings out. This is where journaling comes in. You don’t need a fancy store-bought journal; plain paper will work just as well.  What you write is for your eyes only, and there are no rules. Don’t worry about typos, misspelled words, or advice from the grammar police.

Here are 4 benefits of journaling in menopause:

Release Pent-Up Emotions

Our society has conditioned us to think that everyone should always be happy, so when feelings such as fear, doubt, frustration, and anger surface, we hold them inside of us hoping they will go away. Journaling brings these feelings to the surface, so you can deal with them.

Grief

If you’re going through a loss, your emotions are raw, so shorter journaling entries allow you to express yourself without feeling overwhelmed. Don’t worry if you feel like crying, screaming, or tearing a hole in the page as you write. It is all part of the healing process.

Think Clearly

In our hurry-up society, it’s easy to feel like you’re falling behind. Your mind is continually racing just thinking about all you have to accomplish and how you’re going to fit it all in. Journaling lets you hold thoughts still so you can think more clearly.

Self-Confidence

Once you get into a journal writing routine, you’ll realize the things that make you feel happy and confident. It’s also a time to let go of people who are toxic in your life. You’re on a journey of personal growth and these people no longer fit into your new confident life.

 

4 Ways to Deal With Painful Acid Reflux in Menopause

 

 

I’ve noticed in the last week that I am having sharp pains in my upper abdomen after eating. I’ve had these pains before, and my doctor diagnosed me with (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease).

GERD happens when the lower esophageal sphincter relaxes too much and food backs up into the esophagus instead of the stomach. Pain can originate in your stomach and move up to the abdomen, chest, or throat.

Here are 4 ways to deal with GERD in menopause:

Eliminate Alternatives

Pain in the abdomen is a symptom of many diseases so it is important to get an accurate diagnosis. Other diseases that have similar symptoms include heart disease, gas, appendicitis, gallstones, abdominal hernia, and kidney stones.

Make Dietary Changes

Learn which foods trigger GERD symptoms, and eliminate these from your diet. Common food triggers include chocolate, coffee, fried or fatty foods, and alcohol.

Lifestyle Changes

You’ll notice if you quit smoking and lose excess weight that GERD symptoms will be greatly reduced.

The head of the bed should be elevated with 6-inch blocks, or use a specially designed bed wedge. These supports use gravity to minimize stomach contents into the esophagus.

Medication

You can buy antacids over the counter, but if they are taken over a long period of time, too much magnesium may build up, as well as a breakdown in the way the body handles calcium.

If you are still having problems after 2 weeks, consult your doctor. You may need a stronger prescription medication.