When you’re going through physical and emotional changes such as those experienced during the menopause, it can be stressful and tiring. Here are the best breaks you can take to recharge body and mind and feel ready to face the world again.
While it can be easy to feel too busy to take a break, there are huge emotional and physical benefits to doing so. A change of location, climate or lifestyle can immediately break negative cycles and give us a fresh perspective, while a breather from normal life allows us to recharge, reinvigorate and reevaluate our lives.
Often the healthiest thing we can do is try something different, giving us time to refresh and reboot our mood and outlook – and here are four places where you can do just that.
Reignite your relationship
Choose a place to relax with your partner. Taking the pressure off from everyday cares means finding a place both of you can enjoy.
Across the nation – and even the world if you fancy – there are a vast number of spas and retreats which allow you to spend time together, provide wonderful treats for the body and mind as well as that all-important time for personal reflection.
Delicious food and wine, if you’re both keen on luxury, can also be found as can more detoxing retreats – there are even some that offer no or limited Wi-Fi if you’re serious about disconnecting for a while.
Many treats can also be done in the privacy of your room and some hotels and spas offer couples’ treatments, meaning both you and your partner can relax, indulge and enjoy every minute of this very special break.
A retreat for body and mind
Nature and exercise are key to easing menopause symptoms and there are fewer more soothing ways to get both than attending a yoga retreat or other exercise-based getaway.
Whether you like swimming, riding or bootcamp, there are many places to choose that offer more active ways to battle the menopause blahs. Yoga retreats, however, are ideal in that they focus on breathing, gentle stretching and mindful relaxation – all key to reducing stress and refocusing on centring yourself.
The emphasis of retreats is on healing and balance and that, along with good food well prepared, can provide a world of lasting change. A cleverly-chosen retreat will trick your body into thinking it's on holiday when it’s really getting stronger: mentally, spiritually and physically.
Most places will offer ample time to read, sleep or do absolutely nothing and many are in beautiful natural settings. Peace and quiet can also be part of a restorative active holiday – and that could be key to finding a new revitalised you.
An outdoors adventure
Pampering and the great outdoors don’t need to be at odds with each other. Choosing a traditional hammam or european-style hot springs often means the combination of natural heat and outdoor pools with wonderful views.
It’s not by chance that traditional forms of hot therapy are back in vogue: the soothing qualities of steam and sauna do wonders for bodies and minds. Many places also offer skiing, hiking or touring, meaning that from within the warm world of the spa you can spring renewed into a natural environment.
Body exfoliation, massage, facials and other treatments should be considered: this is a new part of your life and things you haven’t tried before could be extremely suitable.
Being in nature is good for the mind and body and that means you’ll feel the benefit from even a leisurely stroll in beautiful botanical gardens or woodlands.
For a slightly more systemic approach, consider going to a genuine Swiss or German spa where diet, exercise and lifestyle are professionally analysed. Many medical spas have luxurious surrounds and, along with set-price packages, will offer an array of combined elements that will show you how to readjust your daily habits.
As a kind of life reset, getting your nutritional needs sorted out – including not only how much you eat but also what you eat and what you actually absorb and use – will give you the bedrock upon which to build an entirely new way of living.
Physical therapy, personal training advice and other well-being treatments can slow down the ageing process. With a total re-education, you can find new energy that you never knew you had.
Whether you go for a week of observed fasting or for more biological assessments, making moderate but well-informed changes to the way you move, eat, sleep and breathe is not only a smart move: they are also essential to giving you the best possible chance to reclaim vitality.
Something as small as dietary changes can make enormous positive changes that are also easily followed at home. The takeaway from an all-in approach sounds challenging but it’s one of the best ways to find a new you.
The ‘me’ in menopause
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