Meditation affects the body in exactly the opposite ways that stress does – restoring the body to a calm state and helping the body to repair itself.

Meditation has also proven to be very beneficial during menopause, helping to control many of the symptoms.

When practicing meditation your heart rate and breathing slow down, your blood pressure normalises and you use oxygen more efficiently through your breathing exercises, making it effective in short-term stress reduction and long-term health benefits.

If you are new to meditation, don’t be too surprised if your mind won’t co-operate. It will resist focus and will want to keep chatting away to you, reminding you of all the things that need to be done. Your mind will bounce around from thoughts, to images, to ideas, everywhere apart from where you want to focus. Try not to get too frustrated, just keep practicing and eventually you will have some sort of control over it.

Begin by just sitting quietly somewhere, your body still, your speech silent and your mind at ease. Allow your thoughts to come and go without trying to have any control over them at this stage, just allow your thoughts to drift into your mind and drift out again.

When you are comfortable with this, try to develop your skills of focus. Try using your daily activities as a way to begin controlling your thoughts.  Spend a few moments each day, when you are doing a particular activity and concentrate on that moment in time. For example listen to the sound of the keyboard as you are typing, or feel the souls of your feet touch the ground as you walk. Concentrate only on what you are doing at that particular moment. The point is not to let your mind wander and hopefully, each day you will be able to control you mind for a little longer without any interruptions.  Once you feel confident with this, you can move on to a more structured meditation routine.

Your complete guide to meditation is available in The Menopause Secret