Some of you may remember, one of the last episodes of Sex in the City featured a scene where Samantha was keynote speaker at a banquet about breast cancer. She was drenched…looking as a coach does after the team pours Gatorade down his back…from constant, severe hot flashes intensified by her chemotherapy treatments.
The scene seemed overdone to me, until later when I would meet women who experienced the same intense soaking …some with little reprieve in between flashes. While mine have been off and on intense, I have not been in search of help as so many of you are. But, I was intrigued with the book Relief from Hot Flashes by Gary Elkins, PhD, ABPP, ABPH not just because he was a Texas Aggie, or because he worked in San Antonio, but mainly because he brings a different treatment which must might help many women without medications.
Elkins has devised a five week mind-body therapy that involves learning the techniques of hypnotic relaxation therapy, mental imagery, and the practice of self- hypnosis. It is taught through the book, audio files, and even keeping a hot flash diary. Elkins writes,
“Hypnotic relaxation therapy for hot flashes is something you learn to do; it is not something done to you. It requires active participation.”
Since hot flashes can also be accompanied by fatigue, irritability, anxiety, and depression, then Elkins sees his plan will help with many areas including improving sleep and stress levels. This might be an alternative some of you have been seeking.
If this sounds better to you than walking around looking like Samantha did, then you can find the book HERE! (I have not tried this, and probably won't, but I believed it was important information to bring to the audience!)
The winner of the J Jill IKAT Scarf is
Valerie Pease Hoffman!
For the rest of you, look for another incredible giveaway on Monday from Cali and York!
Have a great Saturday!