The weaker sex - how did that expression come about? I never understood that saying, when sometimes it feels like we have the weight of the world on our shoulders. We juggle work, home, relationships, friends and family. I think women are true warriors and we can handle most things.
But for me, when Perimenopause hit and the hot flushes, lack of sleep and anxiety began, I suddenly lost some of that inner strength. For many women these changes can knock the wind out of their sails and the warrior soul that they once knew can get a little lost.
In Western medicine menopause is sometimes known as “the window of vulnerability”. Fluctuations in hormones can lead to mood changes, a sense of loss, tearfulness and even depression. Life can begin to feel joyless and there can be a loss of confidence. If this feels like you then it is vital that you take extra care of your emotional, mental and physical wellbeing.
Added to this is a slowing down of the metabolism as digestion becomes sluggish and this can lead to weight gain, especially round the middle, a loss of energy and a lack of motivation. Women can end up in a rut, stop wanting to go out as much, begin to binge eat or drink more alcohol at home - and so the cycle begins.
It’s so important to find ways to lift your energy and your mood. To get out and talk to others in a similar situation and use them for advise and support. Qigong, yoga, meditation, chatting with friends, meditation, walks in nature, reading a great book and family time can all help to boost your mood.
It’s now more vital than ever to begin to exercise regularly. Start with small steps, just 15 minutes a day, everyday can be less daunting. Create daily habits that you can stick with. You will quickly notice changes in your energy levels and your mood. These can be used in conjunction with any other treatments your doctor recommends.
Yoga and Qigong Flow help to energise the body and release stagnation while strengthening the joints, muscles and ligaments.
Core strengtheners embrace your inner warrior to boost confidence as well as lift, tighten and tone.
Twists and heart openers will raise mood and energy levels. Self massage and body tapping increase circulation, release tension and promote the release of serotonin, your body’s natural feel good medicine.
Meditation, relaxation and breath-work practices will to calm a busy mind, boost immunity and create healthy sleep patterns.
It is important to listen to your body, everyday, to understand if it is asking you to rest and retreat, to take time and space for yourself or when it needs to energise, get moving and feel strong.
Your body is asking you to “pause” and prioritise yourself and your own emotional and physical needs, to reconnect with yourself again. To put yourself first.
Menopausal symptoms can begin months or even years before your periods stop and last around 4 years after your last period, although some women experience them for much longer. But Menopause is not just a list of symptoms that you have to get through. It is an exciting, amazing journey into the next phase of your life. In Eastern medicine, they call it Second Spring - It is an honour many do not have and a wonder to behold. So lets support each other and embrace it.
The Meno Years Essential Toolkit - An 8 week course to support women through perimenopause, menopause and beyond. Includes, Yoga, Yin Yoga, Yoga Shred, Face Yoga, Qigong Flow, Meridian Tapping, Self Massage, Essential Oils and Nutrition information.