I really miss my youth sometimes. Specifically, I miss being able to eat what I like, drink what I like, and still slip comfortably into my favourite pair of jeans! While health issues can strike no matter how old you are, there are some common, irritating ones that tend to come up in our middle age. Here are a few you may be noticing, and how you can deal with them.
Urinary incontinence is an irritating and embarrassing condition that affects many women. It’s most commonly caused by the muscle that controls the urethra losing its strength, or when the pelvic floor muscles are either damaged or losing their vigour. While this problem can sometimes require medical attention, it can often be solved by quick and easy pelvic floor muscle exercises. You can do these exercises anywhere, at any time. Simply contract your pelvic floor muscles for five seconds, then relax them for another five, and repeat this at least five times. Try to do this 10 to 20 times a day, and you should notice a change in around six weeks. If it isn’t working after eight weeks, then see your physician.
While a cushy desk job is better for your health than many manual labour positions, over time it can lead to some seriously irksome back pain. When you get those little twinges, you may feel like resting, but the best way to deal with it is through exercise. Partial crunches can strengthen your back and stomach muscles, as can hamstring stretches, wall sits, and press-up back extensions. If you’re generally active, just make sure you’re avoiding some of the exercises that can make back pain worse. Leg lifts, sit ups, and toe touches should all be avoided if you suffer from recurring back pain. Set some time aside to fit the former exercises in every day, and you should notice a considerable improvement in your back pain. Having said that, there are various other causes of back pain aside from bad posture. Resources like the ultimate back pain guide can help you get to the bottom of the issue.
Dry eyes is one of the most irritating and common problems people encounter when they get into middle age. In women, their eyes can become considerably dryer post-menopause. HRT and general hormone imbalance can also be at the root of the problem. If you’re experiencing dry eyes, try making a point to keep your eyes and eyelids clean, take a break from staring at screens every now and then, use a humidifier in your home, and try to get more omega-3 fats in your diet. Eye drops and sprays can also provide short-term relief. Aside from these habits, make sure you’re blinking correctly, by resting a finger under your eye, closing your eye, and checking that you can feel your eyelashes brushing your finger. This last one may sound silly, but improper blinking can be a bigger problem than you think!
If you’re experiencing any of these problems, I hope my tips have been of some help!