The term “hot flash” doesn’t really do it justice, does it? Picture this, you are going about your normal business when suddenly a bomb off inside you. White hot fire spreads across your body and permeates every cell. You sweat profusely while trying to keep your composure. Your face flushes like you just peeked in the oven. Anything within reach becomes a fan as you search for relief. Sound familiar?
In my search for something to help with this terrible symptom of menopause, I’ve come across a few things that help.
- Avoid Heat
Anything that causes your body temperature to rise will bring on hot flash. Sitting in a warm room with poor ventilation is big no-no. Heavy, thick clothing, and heaters will set you off! Make sure the AC is on.
2) Manage Stress
Practice deep breathing or maybe Yoga. The breathing will really help keep you calm and anxiety free. Start out once and then move up to two or three times a day. It becomes a habit.
3) Spicy Foods Are Out!
Spices can cause a hot flash to trigger because they can make your body temperature go up. If you can’t help but bite into spicy dish, make sure you are ventilated and have a fan nearby.
4) Skip Caffeine, Alcohol, and Cigarettes
Stimulants like these three can cause hot flashes. Staying away from these can be very difficult, so if you can slow down and try not to do them before bed, when hot flashes can be at their worst, it will help. Caffeine alone can cause so many problems with sleep, and anxiety. Avoid chocolate at night too.
5) No Tight Clothes
Tight clothes can trigger a hot flash in a heartbeat. They are constricting and can create heat against your skin. The trapped heat raises your body temperature and that triggers the flashes. Cool, loose clothes help distribute air against your body keeping your temperature even.
Hot flashes usually start out strong and get less snd less frequent. Trying a few of these techniques my help ease the situation.
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