Slow down & live longer (Blue Zone Lesson #6)

Blue Zones Lesson #6 is very apt for many of us during this crazy, hectic time of year.

Unfortunately, our way of life tends to value busy-ness and constantly ‘doing’ over taking time to just ‘be’. Relaxation isn’t just a ‘nice to have’ though, it’s crucial to our health and wellbeing (see this article too), helping brain function and memory, protecting us from illnesses like depression and heart disease, and even

Is your anxiety worse? (Part 2)

Last week I mentioned that anxiety is one of the first – and also one of the most common – symptoms of perimenopause. Many women find their anxiety gets worse as they hit this time of life… which is bad news because anxiety can worsen other perimenopause symptoms like hot flushes.

Fortunately, lifestyle changes help many women manage (if not alleviate) their anxiety. In this week’s newsletter I’ve got a few

July 21st, 2015|Tags: , , , |

Is your anxiety worse? (Part 1)

Are you between your late 30s and your 50s and feeling more anxious – or anxious more often?

Anxiety is one of the most commonly reported – and often one of the first – symptoms of perimenopause (the years leading up to menopause). Many women with chronic low-level anxiety find it worsens around this time of life, while others who’ve never had anxiety issues suddenly find themselves struggling to cope with

July 14th, 2015|Tags: , , , , , |

Are you getting enough (exercise)?

Physical activity seems to be a hot topic lately on many of the blogs, newsletters and groups I follow.

It’s great for managing mood swings, stress and anxiety because it increases endorphins, our feel-good hormones, helps keep cortisol, the stress hormone, under control, and can improve sleep. It also helps us retain muscle mass and manage weight gain as we get older.

Plus, if you exercise with your partner, family or friends

July 6th, 2015|Tags: , , , , , |

Could dehydration be causing your symptoms?

Many of the women I talk with are experiencing symptoms like mood swings, anxiety, stress, irritability and difficulty concentrating, and while these can all be related to perimenopause (the years leading up to menopause) they can also be signs of dehydration.

The human body is 50-60 percent water – our bodies depend on it to function properly. However, we can’t “store” water, so every day we need to replenish fluids lost

June 15th, 2015|Tags: , , , , |