MOORWELLBEING



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.