9. Put things in perspective. In the overall scheme of things, "the transition is a very short time in your life," Schiff says. "Look at this as an opportunity to do an inventory of your diet, nutrition, exercise, and overall health. There's no terrible danger about menopause. In fact, some women actually look forward to it—happy not to have a period or worry about pregnancy."
10. Prevent crippling bone loss. While technically this isn't a menopause symptom, menopausal women typically lose a significant amount of bone mass, setting the stage for osteoporosis later in life. Now is the time to start adding extra dollops of calcium and vitamin D to your daily diet. In general, before menopause, you need about 1,000 mg of calcium per day. After menopause, you need 1,500 mg per day. Good sources are fruit juices, green leafy vegetables—such as broccoli and spinach greens—almonds, and soy milk.
Vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium and stimulates bone formation. The government's recommended daily amount is 400 international units, though the National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF) recommends 400 to 800 international units (IU) of vitamin D daily for adults under 50 and 800 to 1,000 IU of vitamin D daily for adults 50 and over. If you get 15 minutes of sunlight a day, that might be enough, at least in the summer months.