You’re bundled up because it’s freezing outside, when all of a sudden, a hot flash hits.
It’s hard enough to breathe through a hot flash with just a T-shirt on. Adding layers of cold weather gear can make it feel like you’re roasting like a Christmas turkey in the oven.
Menopause isn’t fun any time of year. But here are some tips to help cool off when your personal furnace kicks on.
- Identify your triggers.
- Avoid common triggers: alcohol, caffeine, diet pills, spicy and hot foods, smoking.
- Keep cold water nearby, take a drink when you feel a hot flash coming on.
- Dress in layers.
- Exercise regularly.
- Try relaxation techniques like deep breathing, meditation, massage, hypnosis or yoga.
- If night sweats are a problem, take a cool shower before bedtime, keep the temperature in your bedroom cool and don’t pile on too many covers.