What is it, Why do we experience it and How can we deal with it?
Restless Leg/s Syndrome hit me unexpectedly a few years ago and literally has driven me crazy until I came up with a way to knock it over.
Not saying it’s going to work without fail for everyone, because like a lot of midlife/menopausal symptoms, everyone’s different but it sure as heck will make a difference.
This syndrome kept me awake, seemed to only hit at night, just about destroyed my sleep and lifted my anxiety and stress levels.
Until I knocked it over!!!
So what is it?
It’s a compelling need to move, stretch or cool the legs. It can feel like anything like a throbbing ache that centres in the knees and spreads right up to the hips, to a crawling itch, or a burning sensation or as some have described to me, a pain right deep into the bones. It can feel like a jumpiness in the legs that can’t find comfort in or out of the covers. It literally makes the legs incredibly restless, so therefore YOU are restless, your partner is affected and your sleep is being destroyed. As soon as I stand up, it’s gone – that’s the weird part. But I’ve yet to find anyone who can sleep standing up! So I needed to find a way to deal with it.
But do it incorrectly and you could do yourself damage.
Older women can rock a great body that gets better with every decade!
Check out the video I created on the step by step method to get yourself into a safe high plank. It’s repeated on the bottom of this post. It’s only a couple of minutes, so try watching it first – then have a go doing it with me.
But be careful – if you’ve never done this before, only do what your body is willing and able to do right now until you’ve slowly built up your strength and endurance. When you do this, keep breathing, don’t hold your breath. Hold it for a few seconds, then come back down. Breath, try again. When your confidence has improved, try to hold it for longer. And watch your body transform!!!
As we age the number one thing that most women complain of is their loss of core strength and an expanding waistline. That was me!!!
I’ve discovered ONE exercise that I hated at first. I just couldn’t do it. NOW – I love it and I’ve seen the results.
As young women we may have felt that we were unstoppable.
Try these Chair Yoga stretches and 10 minute workouts from your desk chair!
If you spend more time at your desk and computer than you’d care to admit and scoff at suggestions of a gym membership, you may find these chair based exercise suggestions a perfect solution.
So what is Chair Yoga?
It’s a series of stretches and moves that resemble your traditional yoga poses but performed from a chair.
It’s the most common thing to happen at midlife, but it shouldn’t be!
Someone said to me a while back ‘weightgain is normal at midlife. Everyone gains weight’. And I believed her. So what happened? I gained weight. Lots of weight. To the point where every photograph I saw of myself made me cringe. Remember – what we believe will manifest. What we ‘expect’ turns up. I expected it, so it turned up! I avoided being in front of a camera whenever I could get away with it. My burgeoning ‘apple shape’ was not attractive at all and it was a sure sign of insulin resistance.
I used to be a Personal Stylist and taught women all about body shapes. I remember talking about pear shapes, columns, diamond, hourglass etc. Then when it came to the apple shape, I’d show my audience how I was the apple (big bust, big middle, thinner arms and legs) and explain ‘how to dress it’. We apple shapes would be a little restricted sometimes with our choice of shapes that would flatter. I’d also mention the apple shape is not necessarily healthy. Seriously – the apple shape is SO not healthy. That expansion under the bra right over the liver is dangerous. Cute name for a body shape – but not where I wanted to be. Pears and hourglasses, while in proportion are far more healthier and normal than apples.
If I said the words ‘rebellious wisdom’ to you, what would come to mind?
As soon as I heard those words they impacted me firstly with feminine energy. Sorry guys, but there’s nothing masculine about it. This is a girl thing. I know it’ll mean different things and have a different vibration to the reader depending on where you’re at in your life. To me they speak to the sacred strong, ‘out there’ woman who has experienced a lot of what life has thrown at her, refuses to give into any conditions, controls or norms but has come out stronger, wiser and more visible with an aura of ‘time to be truly myself and be darned if I’ll conform to another’s expectation’ kind of vibe.
Hot flushes and fatigue – Could these be the two biggest?
I know there’s more – but for now, let’s just look at the ‘top 2’. Any more, and I’ll be writing a book! Stay tuned for my next post and I’ll be addressing Anxiety and Weightgain.
Let’s start on a positive note as this blog is meant to be that – rejoicingly positive because the menopausal stage needs to be one of adventure, rebirthing, new life and a time to face the 2nd half of life with positive anticipation and put behind us all that’s happened in the first half. I don’t mean to sound like a Pollyanna, so for those of you who are sticking your fingers down your throat right now, just hold on a minute. I know, I know it’s not necessarily how we feel when we’re unable to sleep at 3am, can’t stand the furnace that’s going off inside us at the most inappropriate times and the general fatigue that accompanies it but really it’s a time of unrivalled empowerment. It really is. Or it CAN be – hang with me here.
My personal account of my own aching knees and what I did for them.
No scalpels involved. YET!!
I’ve been living with a sore left knee now for about 3 months. I don’t recall an injury. It popped up quickly and with sharp twingy pain. It worsens when I sit at the computer for a while and at night when trying to sleep. I can walk and do my yoga – so go figure??
When I started my yoga practice a number of years ago, I entered my first class with a sore swollen right knee, which hampered much of my practice. An expert said to me that it’s a ‘typical midlife condition’ and that yoga would contribute to its healing. And I must say it did. My pain and swelling went away – TOTALLY. And it’s not returned. So I also now know that maybe I was facing an emotional/spiritual change in my life as Louise Hay would say your knee pain is a sign of rigidity, not flexible, not moving forward. My new yoga and meditation learnings were certainly a move into a new realm and low and behold the knee pain totally disappeared.
Now my left knee is playing up.
There’s one habit most midlife women find the hardest to shake to undermine their weightloss efforts. Make it work for you, rather than against you, and weightloss becomes so much easier.
What is that one habit?
A glass (or three) of alcohol every night. I can talk about this subject – because it was me a few years ago.
Why at midlife? In my experience of working mostly with midlife women, many of us have one weakness. We love a glass of wine (or three) with our evening meal. I’m not judging whether we should or shouldn’t, I’m simply going to give you the picture. (Sugar does the same thing, but for now, let’s talk about alcohol).
Water Water Water
NOT water from the tap with all it’s nasty additives.
Invest in a filter or buy enough purified water to keep a jug full and keep hydrating. This time of year with the heat at its peak, has been known to kill many of our elderly because they dehydrate and they simply don’t remember to drink. And how many of us are likely to have Aunty May or Grandpa Jack at the Christmas table this year? Keep an eye on them! That goes for small children and adults who drink champagne like it’s water – it isn’t.