THE JOURNEY INTO MENOPAUSE – THE PSYCHOLOGICAL AFFECTS OF MENOPAUSE

THE JOURNEY INTO MENOPAUSE AND THE PSYCHOLOGICAL AFFECTS OF MENOPAUSE

When you think about menopause, what do you think? 

Most women cringe at the thought of Menopause and think its all about:

  • Old age
  • Lots of unpleasant symptoms
  • Wrinkles
  • Weight gain
  • Feeling unattractive
  • Loss of libido
  • Anxiety
  • Depression

Just to name a few of the symptoms. 

Then you perhaps begin to feel gloomy about it all and anxious about what is going to happen to you!

It can be a bit scary when you read all about the health problems associated with Menopause.  Are you are wondering if you are at risk and asking the question of how you will age yourself?

Then there is BHRT and HRT to think about and what’s all that about?  Will it work for you, can you safely take it, is it worth it?

So there’s a lot to think about and a lot to worry about, a lot of the worry that you are doing is unnecessary worry and you can end up getting yourself in a right state and the hot flashes start before they have even started, if you see what I mean!

Let’s take a moment to look at what is really happening in your journey as a woman into the transition from perimenopause into menopause.

There are different stages that a woman can go through as she grows up.  As you go into your early 20’s you are full of energy and excitement of growing up.  Thinking about what you want to happen in your life:-

  • Do you want to get married?
  • Have children?
  • What car do you want to own?
  • What career do you want?

……and many other things that you would like to achieve. 

This is a time of creation. 

Your body is designed to alter its energy as the years go by.  Menopause is a time of reflection as your body begins to slow down and you stop being fertile and stop having periods. 

If you honour this time of menopause, you can create some time to listen to what’s inside of you.  You want to experience life in a different way.  Draw upon your inner wisdom at this time so you can get in touch with how you are feeling. 

It’s a difficult time for some women when children have grown up and have left the nest.  This may have left you feeling a bit lost and lonely, and asking a few questions about what is going to happen now for you. 

You could be asking the question about lots of things in your life such as:-

  • Is your job giving you the fulfilment and happiness you want?
  • Is your relationship with your partner giving you what you want?
  • What haven’t you accomplished yet in your life?
  • What changes do you want to make?
  • How can you live your life in a way you want and to take control of your health as you age?

Menopause is a wonderful time to focus on your own needs and wants.  What really re-balances you and nourishes you, physically and emotionally?

What are your solutions for a smooth transition into menopause?

There is a phrase that I love which is – “TO MATURE MEANS TO RIPEN”.

Menopause can be the best part of your life.

Your attitude will affect how you experience menopause:-

Women who are happy with their lives, experience fewer problems at menopause.

A negative attitude about menopause is associated with more symptoms of menopause.

Your body image pays a huge role in how you go through menopause.

Lower self esteem and a negative body image is associated with more severe menopause symptoms.

The degree of stress at menopause is different for every woman, but it is not due to how your symptoms are, its due to your attitude.

Your coping skills greatly affect your menopause.

Use this time for greater confidence and wisdom.

Do you want to learn something new – a study course, go back to college?

What comes first – your attitude or your symptoms?

So just to recap what we have talked about:-

Menopause can be an awakening to the rest of your life

It can be an amazing time

In your  40’s and beyond:-

  • You have more confidence with yourself
  • You know what makes you happy
  • You know what makes you sad
  • You care less what other people think about you
  • You live life to the full every day

Use this time to start a journal of your journey into menopause, make a note of your thoughts, feelings and emotions.  If you are unsure of your next step, ask for help from the universe.  Ask questions such as – what can I do to be happy?  The answers will come in time, just be patient. 

Are you wanting more help and guidance, someone who knows what you are going through?  I can help, I would love to get to know you.  I offer a free 30 minute chat.  Go to my website to book in a call with me. 

https://www.healthylifestyleover40.com/contact-us/

GLUTEN FREE CHRISTMAS RECIPES

GLUTEN FREE CHRISTMAS RECIPES

Its Christmas and Christmas is all about the tree, presents, seeing all the lights and decorations around town, its a magical time of year. 

A time to spread love and to give presents and to receive presents.  Not forgetting the food as well. 

Mince pies

Christmas Cake

Christmas Pudding

Chocolate Yule Log

Chocolates

Roast Turkey and brussel sprouts, Prawn cocktails, pigs in blankets (sausages wrapped in bacon)

When I was growing up we had prawn cocktail for our starter and mum made the most amazing cocktail sauce.  

My favourite food to eat on Christmas day is turkey with apple sauce, roast potatoes, carrots, brussel sprouts, gravy and the pigs in blankets. 

My favourite dessert is chocolate yule log and then homemade gluten free mince pies.  

What do you like to eat at Christmas?  

I have put together here a few recipes that I love.  They are all gluten free.  Enjoy!

M E R R Y  C H R I S T M AS

CURRIED CARROT AND PARSNIP SOUP

This soup has the sweetness of the carrot and the sharpness of the parsnip which compliment each other with a bit of spice from the curry to make it a delicious soup.

This could be made for lunch on Boxing Day to give your digestion a rest from all the food you ate on Christmas Day.  

Curried Carrot and Parsnip Soup

MAPLE LENTIL LOAF

This is an alternative to roast turkey for your Christmas Lunch.  It contains cranberries with some chopped nuts for a lovely fruit and nutty taste.

Gluten Free Cranberry Maple Lentil Loaf {Vegan}

RED CABBAGE SALAD

This recipe combines bacon with apples, prunes and a clementine. 

The sweetness of the fruit give lots of flavour to the red cabbage to make a delicious compliment to your Christmas Lunch.

http://bit.ly/2ohPr0v

BACON WRAPPED BASIL STUFFED MUSHROOMS

These are an alternative to sausages wrapped in bacon.  

These mushrooms are stuffed with almonds, basil and garlic and served with a cheesy mayonnaise.

Bacon Wrapped Basil Stuffed Mushrooms

SWEET POTATO QUINOA SALAD

This recipe combines sweet potato, quinoa, lemon, cauliflower with pine nuts and cherry tomatoes.  

http://www.veganfamilyrecipes.com/sweet-potato-quinoa-salad

BRUSSEL SPROUT FRIED RICE

This recipe combines jasmine rice with brussel sprouts, pine nuts, basil, tamari, lime juice and carrots to make a yummy fried rice dish

A great dish to make on Boxing Day with left over sprouts and carrots

Meatless Monday: Brussels Sprout Fried Rice

MACAROON GRANOLA

This granola would be a great start to your Christmas morning.  

You could add it to some overnight oats or chia pudding for a lovely sweet coconut crunch.

Macaroon Granola (Grain Free, Vegan)

PINEAPPLE CINNAMON CRANBERRY SAUCE

The pineapple in this cranberry sauce give it a great flavour along with the spices of cinnamon and ginger.

https://wellnessmama.com/3392/cranberry-sauce-recipe/

INSTANT COCONUT AND TURMERIC LATTE

This is a lovely warming milky drink that you can drink before bed.

Its great for digestion after eating lots of food over Christmas.

https://fussfreeflavours.com/instant-turmeric-latte-recipe/

GINGERBREAD CAKE

This is a delicious gingery cake and its made with buckwheat and lentils.

It can be made with an egg or chia gel

The Best Healthy Gingerbread Cake

FRUITCAKE BARS

This is a delicious gluten free cake with raisins and cranberries with spices cinnamon and ginger, apple sauce and pecans.

Gluten Free Fruitcake Bars – A Modern Twist on a Classic

CHOCOLATE PUDDING

This is a cold pudding made from avocados, cacao powder, coconut cream and toasted walnuts

http://simplyhomecooked.com/paleo-chocolate-pudding/

PUMPKIN AND CHOCOLATE BROWNIES

These are made with pumpkin as the base with bananas and almond butter mixed with cacao powder.

Topped with pumpkin frosting, so delicious!

Fudgy Double Pumpkin Brownies (Paleo, Vegan, Gluten Free)

CHOCOLATE YULE LOG

This is a gluten free chocolate log made by whisking egg whites together and whisking egg yolks with honey to make a light chocolate sponge

The frosting is made with butter and dark chocolate

https://supernaturallyhealthy.org/2014/12/19/chocolate-yule-log-healthier-version/

MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!