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
- Weight gain
- Feeling unattractive
- Loss of libido
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.