Treatment Options For Uterine Fibroids - 5 Easy Relaxation Tips
Introduction to Relaxation Treatment Options For Uterine Fibroids
Treatment Options For Uterine Fibroids are well documented in numerous articles across the Internet. What surgical procedures you need, medications you should take , the best foods you should eat etc etc...
In this article, I’m going to stick with an often neglected treatment option, the use of relaxation exercises and stress relievers. These factors can also help to reduce the risk of uterine fibroids dominating your life.
It is no secret that many types of relaxation techniques can have a positive impact on your body, health and wellbeing.
Studies show that relaxing both the body and mind can do wonders for all the interconnecting ‘systems’ in your body and keep you healthy and happy. One of those systems relates to hormone support.
Uterine fibroids are caused by hormonal imbalance. It is, therefore, a given that a relaxed body and mind can contribute towards regulation of hormone balance and reduce the risk of fibroid growth.
The key takeaways you will gain from this article are:
- Adding relaxation to your lifestyle can help you to treat hormonal balance and reduce fibroid dominance
- Even with a busy life, easy relaxation options do exists to help you start your journey to treating your uterine fibroids
- It is important to seek advice from a health practitioner if you are unsure or not clear about the steps you intend to take
So, what are uterine fibroids and why can they be a problem for women if left untreated?
Uterine fibroids (often just called fibroids) are non-cancerous growths that develop in or around the womb (uterus).
Their growth is controlled by levels of estrogen and progesterone, two hormones that regulate a woman’s menstrual cycle.
- period pain
- heavy and prolonged
- menstrual bleeding
- complications during pregnancy (rare)
- infertility (rare)
Fibroid growth is common in women of african or caribbean origin.
One study found that 80 percent of african american women had uterine fibroids, although some may have little or no symptoms.
However, not taking care to treat and avoid further fibroid growth and dominance can result in the symptoms indicated above.
Relaxation is not the sole treatment option for uterine fibroids. Other ways include improving your diet (e.g. go organic) and more exercise.
Adding relaxation treatment options to your lifestyle
We all now tend to lead busy lives and dedicate our time and effort to others.
Not many women think about relaxing or taking time out, so many have got into a routine of just constantly being busy. They don’t know how or where to start to relax.
The key to adding relaxation treatment options to your lifestyle is to start SIMPLY and SLOWLY:
Take a few days out to assess what you do to relax, how long you do it and the effect on your mind and body.
Is it long enough? Are there any distractions which reduce the positivity of relaxing?
Write down each event in a notebook or a diary (if you have one).
After you have logged for 3-4 days, assess those events:-
How did you feel afterwards? What could you do to improve? What can you do to remove the distractions?
You have started your quest to using relaxation to treat uterine fibroid dominance.
Next, I talk about some relaxation options that are simple to follow, especially for busy and spare time poor women.
Non-surgical Treatment Options For Uterine Fibroids - simple relaxation tips for the busy woman
Your relaxation assessment may show events that you think are relaxing but are not having that impact at all (e.g. time with a favourite book constantly interrupted by mobile phone calls).
So what simple relaxation options can you start today to treat your uterine fibroids?
As per the usual advice:- start SIMPLY and SLOWLY.
Think about what you enjoy. What are your interests? What brings a smile to your face?
I have found the following five relaxation treatment options to be amongst the easiest to start you going:
A quiet hour or more doing what interests you
‘Quiet’ being the operative word - the key to success with this option is to find somewhere quiet where you will not be disturbed, no radio, phone or TV in sight.
And the event?
Reading a favourite book, listening to soothing music and gardening are all examples of interests that can be great for your mood, especially after a stressful day at work
Deep breathing exercises
The good thing about the deep breathing treatment option is that you can do it quietly anywhere, anytime without anyone really knowing what you are doing.
There is science around breathing which I will not bore you with the details, but essentially deep breathing helps to expel all the the ‘bad gases’ which can do more harm than good to your body.
I always found that it helps to calm me down especially during times of stress, e.g. when about to be interviewed.
Stress is a known cause of hormonal imbalance.
Treat the stress and lower the risk of uterine fibroid dominance.
Some think that meditation is only for certain ‘types’.
This is not the case. Anyone can meditate and realise its benefits.
Studies show that meditation offers many health advantages and helps reduce stress and anxiety.
There are plenty of resources to learn meditation, from listening to tapes to reading books. Do your research and stick with what suits you best.
There are also some basic techniques which are easier for beginners, for example, walking and listening to music.
Who can’t do those?
To make the mediation option work, you need to be aware of common tips which are to Breath Easy, Focus and Repeat
Take a holiday
This does not necessarily mean jumping on a plane to some exotic destination (although for some, this is the best relaxation tip ever!).
Some take their work home with them when they are supposed to be on holiday. Or they may still be on call.
What could be more stressful?
Hardly what you call relaxing!
A big tip:- Try to leave your 'work' at the workplace.
I know this may not work for everyone but if you do have to bring work home, work that little bit harder to plan and stick to those slots of time to switch off and just relax.
You will see a difference in terms of being stress free and avoiding those horrible uterine fibroid symptoms.
What better and simpler treatment option is there?
Socialise with family and friends
This is often underestimated and may be obvious but socialising in a great setting can be an ideal way to relax, if the dynamics are right.
By 'right dynamics', I mean that some friend and family settings can be stressful.
However, when it works, it is beneficial to your health and well being to be at happy social events such as family weddings and birthdays.
A bona fide relaxation option and stress reliever!
Importance of advice
Doing your own research on relaxation options that help treat uterine fibroid dominance is very rewarding but support is on hand, if you need it.
As mentioned earlier, there is a rich source of content to learn from including tapes, books and videos.
Some employers and businesses offer occupational health advice for their employees on topics such as reducing stress. I worked for an employer who offered free lunchtime yoga sessions to staff!
You can also find other resources online such as YouTube videos.
So, what’s the easiest way to start adding simple relaxation to my lifestyle?
Start by assessing what you currently do to relax.
Need help with that?
A simple self-assessment worksheet is a way to start to understand and take steps that help you to relax and avoid uterine fibroid dominance.
Less than 30 minutes of your time on this worksheet can start your journey to using relaxation to treat uterine fibroids.
Click here to download your FREE relaxation assessment worksheet.
So there you go!
The truth about treatment options for uterine fibroids is that there are relaxation techniques that can keep fibroid dominance in check.
There are many options but by starting simply and slowly, you can start at a level that you are comfortable with.
Finally, always seek advice, if you are unsure or unclear about your next steps to improved relaxation
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