Imagine sitting in a meeting and out of no where you feel sweat beads forming on top of your lip while heat begins to fill various parts of your body at a rapid rate! Now all eyes are on you as you grab a piece of paper to quickly craft a makeshift fan.
I’m not talking about your average heat, I’m talking about an internal heat that can’t be extinguished or doused with water. An internal heat the gives you an instant attitude. A heat that makes sweat roll down your back. A heat that makes you feel like naked is the only option. A heat that can make you feel like you’re going to pass all the way out.
Disrespectful heat is what it is. There’s no warning and no quick fix. A year into my 40’s and this was my welcoming gift. I used to laugh at my older friends who complained about hot flashes, laughing and bragging about not being able to relate. I should have kept my mouth closed.
Not familiar with hot flashes? Let’s discuss!
Hot Flashes: heat waves that take over your body, created and managed by satan himself.
Okay, no really, what are they?
– Sudden feeling of warmth, usually most intense over the face, neck, and chest, and profuse sweating, commonly due to menopause
Common causes of this symptom
Hot flashes can have causes that aren’t due to underlying disease. Examples include embarrassment, eating hot food, drinking hot drinks, eating spicy food, menopause, or an adrenal rush from a dangerous situation.
It’s not just menopause, but in my case it is, and generally it begins in your 40’s.
Here are a few things that help me:
Always have water on hand. Preferably a temperature regulated hydro flask
A battery operated hand held fan. Honey let me tell you, lifesaver! They even have fancy ones that can be attached to a water bottle
Cold water on the face or cold paper towels/towel on the back of the neck
To my fellow sisters, always remember, “real women don’t have hot flashes, they have power surges”
Until next time…🦋