Are You Mindful Of Your Menopause?
BY ANNIE MOORE
For some women menopause can be a challenging time, for others its a breeze!
Those women who experience not very nice symptoms can get extremely anxious
and overwhelmed. They may find their life being turned up side down by unpredictable experiences and for some each day brings a different challenge.
Initially we need to understand mindfully what is happening when we transition into menopause. With more awareness and support, the better we can manage and thrive through this phase of our life.
Although menopause is a normal part of the ageing process, there are two main female hormones, oestrogen and progesterone produced by the ovaries that are vital for our womanhood. Gradually over a period of time, which varies for each person, these hormones decline causing imbalance.
The symptoms we experience during perimenopause and menopause are the result of declining oestrogen levels.
Menopause is the term used to describe the point in time when a woman's periods have stopped for 12 months. The phase that lasts several years leading up to the menopause, is the transition stage known as perimenopause. This phase can cause debilitating symptons, not only physical but also mental and emotional. For many women it can be overwhelming.
Obvious symptoms such as irregular periods, hot flushes, fatigue, joint pain, muscle aches, disrupted sleep, weight gain and mood swings are telling signs of a woman experiencing lack of oestrogen and starting the menopause.
There can be a whole bunch of other symptoms, asscocitaed with this transition too. When there's an overload of stuff going on we get anxious and exhausted, especailly when the lack of oestrogen starts to play havoc with our minds, causing forgetfulness, poor memory and concentration, lack of focus, anger, rage and irritability. All of which can overpower and disrupt our life. We just want to feel normal again!
Managing this phase needs a mindset that can cope with change.
So what do we do?
First know that you're not alone, menopausal anxiety is very common and there's plenty of support out there to help you. Talking openly about your anxieties can be very therapeutic.
Above anything when transitioning through perimenopause treat yourself with compassion. Be kind to yourself and give your mind and body plenty of self love and attention.
There's lots you can do to mindfully manage your menopause journey:
Make time to relax and unwind
Meditating for five minutes a day will help you find stillness and clear the mind.
Going to bed early for eight hours a night will help you recover and refresh.
Eat healthy, plenty of fresh fruit, green leafy veggies, pulses, nuts and seeds.
Increase your intake of vitamin D and magnesium for healthy bones.
Exercise regularly to activate the endorphins for better mood and feel good.
Develop a regular mindful yoga practice to help calm the nervous system, soothe and restore for quality sleep and improved energy.
As women in menopause we need to reconnect with who we are and what our true values are which society often rejects. We know deep down we are the nurturers and we carry life. As women we need to get back in touch with our rhythms and cycles.
The menopause gives us a right of passage into those wonderful wisdom years, where we embrace our true selves in second spring with a realisation that health and wellbeing is more important than the way we look.
There is so much more information out there, than ever before... I should know, it was barely discussed when I was going through the menoause. Women don't need to feel alone anymore. The menopause conversation is happening with plenty of resources available to support your journey.
It's wonderful that expert menopause GP's are now on the scene, pionered by Dr Louise Newson https://www.menopausedoctor.co.uk. There's heaps of literature, books, video's and podcasts available, facebook groups and loads of media attention too.
If you would like to share your experiences, find out more, learn simple tools to help reduce your symptoms then join my next 'Menowarriors' Menopause Workshop on Sunday 17 October 10:00-12:30, live online - 'coming together as women supporting women in a safe space'.
I'm Annie Moore Menopause Yoga and Mindful Meditation coach with a passion for helping women transition through their menopause with ease and comfort. Find out more on my website https://www.moorwellbeing.com/menopause-1
Hatha Yoga YTT 200 & Yin Yoga YTT 40 -Yoga Alliance UK. Tibetan Buddhist Meditation -BSY. Minddfulness Coach - Centre of Excellence. MYTT 40 Menopause Yoga - BSY & Yoga Alliance.