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Feeling Tired and Lacking Motivation?

Feeling like you just can’t be bothered?

While we can all feel a little unmotivated at times, during the menopause this feeling can be intensified and start to affect certain areas of your life.

In our 40's and 50's, you might notice that your periods start to change as menopause approaches. During menopause, the menstrual cycle becomes less predictable, and many women start to experience uncomfortable symptoms like hot flashes, vaginal dryness, and/or changes in mood. One of those changes is fatigue and feeling less motivated to so the things you once enjoyed.

There are a number of reasons why you feel tired and lack motivation during menopause. You may feel tired because you are not sleeping the way you used to! 

When estrogen levels change during menopause, the hormonal changes can lead to tiredness or lack of motivation. 

This loss of motivation or lack of motivation can spread throughout your everyday life, and all through the special areas of your life as well. And one of the issues that can be dragged into it is that if you are doing these things with friends or a partner, then the guilt can start to creep in as well because you don't want to let the other person down.  

But if you're having to force yourself to do something that you don't want to then the resentment can build up as well, and that can start to cause arguments or even loss of friendships as well. 

Because menopause can affect so many aspects of our lives, mentally, emotionally, and physically, it very helpful at the initial stages of the perimenopausal transition to take action and make changes to alleviate the symptoms. You don't have to suffer! 

Here are a few simple ways to fight menopause energy drain and regain your ZEST. 

Exercise! Aim for 30 - 60 minutes. It may be the last thing you want to do when you are feeling unmotivated and tired, but it will help to boost your energy and produce feel-good hormones. 

Reduce Caffeine and Alcohol Consumption. Caffeine and alcohol can affect energy levels and interfere with getting a good night's sleep. When they wear off they can leave you feeling even more drained than before. 

Limit food portions. The best diet is one that is rich in fruits, vegetables and whole grains and that include lean sources of protein. Eating smaller meals more frequently can provide energy throughout the day rather than feeling sluggish after a large meal. 

Embrace relaxation. Walk. Meditate. Read. Craft. Find time for the activities that relax you. Stress and anxiety could be causing your fatigue, and relaxation techniques can be very helpful in learning to overcome them.

Stay Hydrated. Nourish your body with healthy food and water. Thirst is your body's way of telling you that you need more fluid. When you are dehydrated your body has to work harder to perform and can leave you sluggish.

Don't Overbook. You may be fatigued because you're trying to do too much. Learn to say no and take time to yourself. 

Each individual has a unique balance of hormones. During perimenopause and menopause this unique balance can be disrupted. Getting back into balance and feeling more yourself can be a tough task for many.

Is it time for you to think about whether or not bioidentical hormones might help YOU live the life you dreamed you'd be living right now? If you are experiencing uncomfortable symptoms of menopause consider hormone testing with a simple saliva test you can take from the convenience of you home. 

Stay informed! Your results will give you the results you need and empower you to make decisions about your health and what you need to get through this time in your life. You don't have to suffer. Restore your hormones to optimal levels and feel YOUNG and ZESTFUL! Reduce or eliminate menopause symptoms with YOUNG HORMONES Bioidentical Hormone Creams. 

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