Here are tips to help you cope with this inevitable phase of your life, so you can come out tops!

Eat right:- Eating right and healthy is important. Kick start your day with a wholesome breakfast. Have an early dinner and let it be the lightest meal of your day. Take small frequent meals to speed up your metabolism. Add an extra serving of a low fat-milk or milk products for that extra calcium. Include sprouts at least thrice a week as a breakfast treat or with meals. Go slow on fried foods, refined flour and sugars, processed foods, caffeine and salt. Say good bye to red meat. Munch on salads or fresh fruits in between meals. Include at least one serving of dals, beans, or legumes daily. Sip water or fluids throughout the day. Cut down on fats, consume adequate proteins, intake of calcium and multi-vitamin supplements helps.

Be active:-  One can increase the level of physical activity.  You can take the stairs, walk more, partake in housework, prefer evening walks with your spouse to watching TV, early to bed and early to rise, create a group and go for that morning walk or jog together at least thrice a week, join a photography of nature lover’s group and go for nature walks and treks. Activity helps build muscles and confidence, and adds zest to your life!

Don’t let “putting on” put you off:- Weight gain (water retention and increased body fat) is a common problem faced by women after the climacteric, but is by no means insurmountable. You can beat slowing metabolism and declining hormones to win the battle of the bulge. The challenge is to lose fat, not muscle. Always combine a healthy diet with an easy-to follow an exercise regimen with lots of variations to keep it interesting.

Pamper yourself:- Take extra care of yourself. Prioritize yourself. Keep “me-time” everyday. Say “no” to extra work load. Sleep at least 7 to 8 hours everyday, grab a siesta whenever you can. Visit the parlor regularly. Take a massage. Meet up with positive friends. Listen to your favorite music. Shop!

Sizzle at 50:-  Here’s how to get it right — Be in a good state of health. Take care of your appearance. Spend quality time with your partner. Communicate doubts and insecurities. Keep that lubricant handy.

Look good:- Take care of your weight, skin, hair and health. Practice yoga and meditation. An inner sense of calm reflects in your demeanor and confidence. Looking good is one of the best ways to feel good and vice versa!

Feel happy:- Many women develop anxiety, depression and a feeling of being “left out” at home. Mood swings and hot flushes can further add to the problem. The trick is to be in control of your life. Remember, you owe yourself happiness!T

Screen yourself and consult doctors:- Undergo regular annual check-ups to rule out anemia, cancer, heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, thyroid and other diseases.


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