Me, Pre Menopause! LOL! Gotta love '80's Hair!
Ok, let's go back, way back to your puberty. I know, it may be hard and you may have all the feels, but give it a go. Close your eyes and picture your preteen/teen self.
Sit here for a moment. In that space. What comes up for you?
Maybe you felt like a stranger in your own body? or maybe you were on a feelings rollercoaster? Maybe your confidence waned or your face broke out?
Oh, goodness! I feel anxiety building just thinking about it!
Big exhale, Ladies! Let it go.
Come back now to the 2022.
Now, here's a question for you; Have you had some of those feelings recently? Have you noticed some subtle changes? It could be....drumroll, please!
It creeps up on you like a sneaky little snake. Even though the average age of Menopause is 51, if you are 35+, your body is already changing toward menopause. But listen up, friends!
You are coming to this "reverse puberty", better armed with tools and strategies, resources and FRIENDS! Let's see which of the four stages of Menopause you may be experiencing and explore some tools to support you, wherever you are on the journey.
Photo by: Heart Of Gold Photography
The scene in this morning: In a rush, running downstairs quickly. Arrives in basement. Stops. Looks around. Throws up hands and shouts, "What the hell am I doing down here?" Spins around in circles, feeling the frustration build. Stops, takes a deep breath. Sees the paper towels on the shelf. Sighs with relief! Grabs the paper towels and runs back up the stairs! End Scene.
How many of you can relate?
You're Not Imagining It! Brain Fog And Memory Lapses Are REAL!
It is very common for women forty and over to complain of forgetfulness and difficulty concentrating. Studies have shown that up to 60% of women report a decline in mental clarity and focus when they go through perimenopause. And ladies, there is a physiological reason; the ebb and flow of estrogen! But, hang on, here is the good news, for the majority of us, the fog clears and our cognitive performance recuperates once we are post menopausal!!! So what's a lady to do, when she's leading the meeting or chatting with a friend and her mind goes completely blank? Or better yet, what are some ways we can decrease the likelihood of brain fog even happening?
Five things you may not know about me:
I love to dance!
I love to hike and explore!
I love riding my Jimmy Buffet Cruiser Bike!
I love to paddleboard (in my pool) and
I hate to ask for help (carrying in groceries, hanging that big self or moving the furniture) I'm super independent and plan to live to be at least 100!
And feeling good in my body is numero uno for me. It's one of my top three goals as I thrive in midlife on my way to being a centenarian. So while on my self love life journey, a few years ago, I had a come to Jesus moment;
I went out to dance the night away and could not get out of bed the next morning! My knees couldn't take me shaking my tail feathers! Shortly after that, I injured my self sleeping, no shit! Just woke up one morning and couldn't lift my right arm above my shoulder!! Can you relate? WTH was happening?!
Registered Yoga Teacher, Menopause Doula, health and wellness explorer, self care expert focused on empowering women over forty with tools for loving the midlife journey