Menopause can be a stressful time. You don’t always feel your best, and your clothes may be bursting at the seams, even though you haven’t changed your diet.
When you have a supportive spouse, these body changes are a lot easier to get through. Here are five ways husbands can provide support in menopause:
Lay in a Supply of Chocolate
This seems to be a recurring theme with me, but I think a nice treat in moderation can make a bad day better. Miniature candies are good, and won’t break the calorie bank. Buy a variety pack so you can mix it up from day-to-day. I can be a real trouper through anything, if there is chocolate waiting on the other side.
Buy Her a Personal Fan
When you have a hot flash, you want to cool down as soon as possible. A personal fan is a thoughtful gift, and it wouldn’t hurt to buy two fans, one for the bedroom, and one for the office. She gets cooler, and the rest of the family doesn’t have to dress up like they’re at the North Pole.
Change Your Diet
A woman in menopause needs more food that contains Vitamin D such as yogurt, low-fat milk, fortified cereals, and fish such as salmon and trout.
As a supportive spouse, you need to change your diet, and eat the same healthy foods as your wife. Both of you may even lose some weight, which would be a nice perk.
Don’t forget to treat yourself once in a while. Learn to prepare healthier desserts to control your sugar cravings.
Let Her Control the Thermostat
If a room or rooms are too warm, it can trigger a hot flash, so let her control the thermostat. I’m sure you have heard the old saying, “if Mama ain’t happy, then nobody’s happy.” Most men I know prefer a cooler house, but if they’re cold-natured, they can dress in layers. Best of all would be a roaring fireplace, where you can cuddle, and keep each other warm.
Shower Her with Compliments
Body image can really take a beating in menopause. You may have put on a few pounds, and you are now more apple-shaped than pear-shaped. All of your excess weight goes right to your stomach. Men, as supportive spouses, remind your wife that your love isn’t based on her outward appearance, but what she looks like on the inside, and that’s why you married her.
No one ever said that menopause would be a walk in the park, but you’re learning new and healthier habits. Embrace this time of life, and get out there and create memories for you and your family.