Early Menopause Signs and Symptoms: Fatigue and How to Beat It

by Laura Ramirez on September 8, 2011

If you are suffering from early menopause signs and symptoms like fatigue, you’ll want to learn creative ways to nip it in the bud. Although it might be tempting to just ignore it and try to push through it to the other side, what I jokingly refer to as the “bulldozer method” (because, no surprise, this is my number 1 strategy as a high achiever) does not work, especially if you’re in your forties, fifties or beyond. Let’s face it, Ladies: at this stage of life, we just cannot afford to ignore our bodies anymore.

Fatigue is a big one because it’s a warning sign that something in your life is amiss. If your body is not getting what it needs to rejuvenate itself, then you’re opening up yourself to disease and the downward spiral of accelerated aging. Not to mention, the toll that fatigue takes on your motivation, ability to achieve personal and professional goals, and your ability to present for those you love.

One solution for fatigue is to start a daily walking program. Here’s what one author has to say about the subject:

Fatigue is a tricky symptom of menopause because there is no way to measure how tired you are; it is a condition brought about by the mind and body. Likewise, it is difficult to say what will absolutely work for curing fatigue.

Walking is a beneficial exercise for this ailment because it is a minimalist workout that requires little preparation. In addition, walking is a low-impact exercise that won’t put too much physical stress on your body. Once you’ve accomplished a walking workout before or after a long day, you’ll feel encouraged and energized. This sense of success often fights off the feeling of fatigue….


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Early menopause signs and symptoms like fatigue can be relieved by practicing yoga.

Walking is a great way to fight fatigue because it calms the mind and invites you to be more physically present because you’re breathing better and taking in all the beauty that surrounds you. Just this alone can help you to be feel more gratitude and satisfaction with your life. It can also help you feel more peaceful which minimizes stress especially if it becomes a daily ritual.

Of course there are other ways of dealing with early menopause signs and symptoms such as fatigue if a daily walk is not practical for you or if seasonal weather is likely to interrupt your routine. For instance, yoga, is a good alternative. While it may not necessarily get your heart rate up, it will help you to become more mindful, present and limber. Yoga is an exercise not just for your body, but for your mind and soul. You’ll also learn some important techniques that are useful to learning how to better manage stress such as how to use your breath to relax around the tension both in your body/mind. Here is a great yoga program for beginners that you can do in the privacy of your home.

As we age, our bodies are more sensitive to stress. Since tiredness can spiral down into chronic fatigue syndrome or compromise immunity and lead to chronic diseases like fibromyalgia, lupus or even cancer, it is important to learn techniques that can relax you even in the face of extreme stress. Learning to meditate is an excellent life skill because it teaches you to bring a relaxed awareness to all that comes your way, plus it increases your joy in life immeasurably which many people believe attracts more happy events your way.

What about you? How do you deal with fatigue. What works for coping with early menopause signs and symptoms that you can share with other women?

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