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Woman happy during menopauseThere are a lot of things in life that can wipe the smile off your face–if you let them. During menopause, hot flashes, brain fog, and fatigue can do it! And to a degree, it’s okay to feel a bit down about some of life’s situations. But it’s also important to remember that circumstances do not have to dictate your overall attitude. Despite the curve balls life throws you and the menopause symptoms you have to cope with, you can choose to be happy!

Naturally, if you don’t get the promotion you wanted, you lose a loved one, or you are diagnosed with an illness, you aren’t going to jump up and down for joy. And that’s okay. But you can’t let yourself become bogged down by those events. They are big and may have a lasting impact on your life, but you can choose to refocus so you can move on with your life.

Because anxiety and depression can go along with menopause, and hot flashes, insomnia, and other menopause symptoms can also affect your moods, it can a bit harder to be happy at this stage of life. But with all the benefits of happiness, it’s worth the effort!

Happiness is good for your heart–literally.

Menopause increases your risk for heart disease, but a study in Canada found that being positive decreases your risk of heart disease by 22%. So rather than see all the negatives in your life, focus on the positives and count your blessings. It will do you good both physically and emotionally!

Being happy is good for overall health, too.

Happiness strengthens your immune system, benefits your heart, and leaves you with less aches and pains. For better overall health, engage in activities that make you feel happy and put a smile on your face. You'll feel better, and look better, too!

If you’re happy, you’ll live longer.

Several studies have shown that being happy adds years to your life, and the CDC reports that women who move beyond anger and grief will live ten years longer than those who don’t. So when troubles come that leave you angry or sad, take some time to work through your grief and learn to forgive. Then you'll be able to find the happiness you need to move forward.

You’ll function better when you are happy.

Being happy let’s you function better physically, socially, and intellectually. You can be more active which is good for your heart and health. You'll get along better with others which is good for the soul. You can even think more clearly and be more creative so you can do better on the job and with your hobbies. As menopause can have the opposite effects, happiness is a great way to beat symptoms of menopause that can drag you down. So look for ways to add a smile to your face and joy to your soul--you'll benefit from head to toe!

This content was written by staff of HysterSisters.com by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.

01-19-2016 - 06:59 AM


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