In our last article we looked at how declining oestrogen levels can cause a drop in self-confidence during menopause. This time we’re looking at the tips and strategies you can use to build your self-belief and get back to feeling your usual confident self.
Eat the good stuff
We all know that eating a well-balanced diet is the cornerstone of good health – at any age. And the physical benefits of a healthy diet are well reported. But research also shows that diet is a crucial factor in protecting mental health.
When we suffer a loss of confidence during menopause, it’s often caused by declining oestrogen levels which disrupt our nervous system and adrenal health. These systems are crucial for maintain good mental health and when they’re not working optimally, it can lead to anxiety and depression. The good news is that by choosing a diet packed with natural foods like fruit and vegetables, you can enhance the performance of your adrenal glands which in turn will enable you to regulate feelings of panic and anxiety more easily.
When you’re dealing with menopausal symptoms, exercise might be the very last thing on your mind. But we’re not talking about 10-mile runs or pumping weights at the gym (unless that’s what you feel motivated to do). Instead, it’s about incorporating enjoyable exercise into everyday life. That might be taking a walk every lunchtime or trying a new exercise class.
One positive to come from lockdown restrictions is that there is now a wider range of online exercise classes available than ever before. So, if you want to try something new, there are lots of classes to choose from, all without even leaving home.
As with diet, the benefits of exercise reach far beyond the physical (although feeling fitter and stronger is always a confidence boost). When we exercise, we release feel-good hormones like serotonin and dopamine which help combat depression and anxiety.
Take a breath
It seems that every day we hear something new about the benefits of mindfulness. But it’s more than just a fad. Focussing on breathing to combat stress is a strategy that’s been used for centuries and simple breathing exercises can be a useful tool when you’re feeling anxious. If you can reduce day-to-day anxiety, it can help restore self-confidence. Look online to find breathing exercises you can incorporate into everyday life. They often take just minutes to complete and can be done anytime, anywhere. Whether you’re struggling to sleep or you’re gearing up to give a presentation, a few minutes of mindful breathing could remove anxious feelings and replace them with a sense of positivity and calmness.
A problem shared
Talking to others about your experience of menopause is a great way to begin rebuilding your confidence. Discovering that others are feeling exactly the same way as you provides the reassurance that your symptoms are natural and that you’re not alone. If you don’t have someone to talk to in real life, there are lots of online forums, like Henpicked, where like-minded women come together to discuss menopause.
Boosting skin health. Boosting confidence.
If you’ve experienced a drop in confidence during menopause, making changes to your skincare regime is an easy place to start to rebuild your confidence. The first step is to find a skincare regime specifically designed for menopausal skin.
How Emepelle helps rebuild confidence through skin health
Emepelle is formulated especially for menopausal skin. This means, it targets the skin changes that can cause a loss of confidence during menopause like dryness, sagging, increased wrinkles and changes in skin tone. Unlike many other anti-ageing products, Emepelle actively encourages the skin to act as if the oestrogen were still present.
Emepelle is the only range to feature unique MEP Technology®. This revolutionary technology stimulates the skin’s oestrogen receptors, encouraging sluggish skin cells to work more efficiently and behave like newer skin cells. In clinical research, women reported skin that’s firmer, brighter and more hydrated after using Emepelle.
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