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In your 40s, you're expected to be a good mum, an even better daughter, and an efficient worker. Take your time to take care of yourself and enjoy the best time of your life!
Usually, the 40s come with a lot of commitments and responsibilities. You may have children to take care of, and elderly parents too. If you sum your home duties and your work… well, that's a lot of stress, isn't it? Don’t worry, here’s how to take a deep breath and start enjoying the best years of your life!
Take your time to self-care
Don't allow yourself to be caught up in your routine! Find a room in your agenda to relax. Meditation or mindfulness can help you to manage stress, a problem you should pay attention to as it’s the main cause of high blood pressure, heart diseases, diabetes, and obesity. And don't procrastinate your annual visit to your doctor!
Remember: aging is a state of mind
The 40s can be a shocking number for many women, because this age is associated with the beginning of mature life. That's an easy stereotype to fall into. The most important thing is how you perceive yourself and how your lifestyle is. You don't need to change everything just because your 30s turned into 40s.
Menopause: things to take into account
Menopause can be naturally phased or induced by medical treatments. For some women, periods just stop effortlessly, for others these may come closer and heavier before they’re reduced to none. Since it brings changes to your body and mood, there are some measures you can take in order to better go through it: a healthy diet, exercise, and rest are key.
Pay attention to your diet
Now, it's time to follow a healthy diet full of vitamin- and mineral-rich foods, healthy proteins, and healthy fats to contrast the effects caused by hormonal changes. Lower your caffeine intake, leave alcohol for social gatherings only, and try to do some exercise every day. As your estrogen level is declining, your bones are less protected, and the risk of developing osteoporosis increases. That's why it’s so important to stay fit and be aware that your diet should include calcium and Vitamin D.
Our brain and body need a good sleep to recharge and balance hormones. For that purpose, avoid all stimulating substances on dinner, like caffeine, alcohol, nicotine, spicy food, and choose those ones that can help you sleep better, like cherries, almonds, avocado and bananas. On the other hand, put all our devices to sleep too, if possible away from your bedside table.