Hot Flash Woman On Fire

by betsyr on November 21, 2011

Hot Flash! Flash Dance. Flash in the Pan.

None of these can grab hold of you and shake you to the core like the sudden deluge of heat, dripping perspiration, and shaky chills of a hot flash.

3 Things to Remember In the Heat of the Moment:

  • It’s perfectly natural to feel overwhelmed
  • It’s embarrassing for most everyone
  • This too shall pass

 

You Are Not Alone. Most of your ‘sisters’ have also encountered the inferno. Most feel flustered and out of control while in mid-flash. For some, it can contribute to irritability and exhaustion. And, no matter how much you know and how terrific your sense of self is, a hot flash can be embarrassing. But remember… this too shall pass. On average, hot flashes last a few minutes – although they may feel like forever! What can you do in a flash? Here are some suggestions to help:

Hot Flash Tips:

  • Dress in layers, wear natural fibers, like cotton, that pull moisture away from your body and allow air to flow around your skin
  • Monitor work and home temperatures and keep these comfortably cool
  • Stash a spray water bottle or moist wipes in your desk or purse
  • Cool your wrists under cold running water
  • Eat smart (avoid that “big dinner” we’re all accustomed to; skip the spicy food)
  • Eat carefully (avoid alcoholic beverages, caffeine, hot drinks and processed food)
  • Talk to your doctor about taking vitamin or herbal supplements.
  • Exercise to help regulate your body thermostat and increase your metabolism
  • Engage in stress-reducing activities including: walking, meditating, listening to music, etc.
  • Consider over the counter, herbal, or prescription remedies

Night Sweat Tips:

  • Keep your bedroom cool
  • Use light covers or just a sheet
  • Stash cold packs near the bed
  • Sleep with a fan and use a white noise machine to drown out the fan noise
    Use natural fiber bedding

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