Time for Change.
The menopause can be a very difficult time for many woman bringing some new challenges. However it can also be a very positive time of transition depending on how you approach it. During this time your physical and mental well-being are affected in a variety of ways and are individual to each of us. Emotions ranging from stress to depression can manifest in an already difficult period of life, causing further distress. In my experience of coaching women, the change of life is something that is often feared.
You may find weight appearing round your midriff and for someone who has had a svelte like body most of their life it can come as quite a shock. Don’t despair there are positive things you can do through this time including a healthy diet, and exercise. Taking care of health and well-being can help to support you and having some form of regular exercise has positive effects including reduced blood pressure and stress, it is mood lifting and generally helps you to stay healthy. There are usually some forms of exercise or group activities wherever you live that cater for all ages and abilities, from beginners to the more advanced.
Stretch Yourself in Mind & Body
Gentle stretching exercises that are good for toning are very important and make sure you stay supple. Joining a class such as Tai-Chi or Pilates will be of great benefit. Tai-Chi is a calming and energising activity and has a large range of health benefits. It is said to slow down the ageing process, who wouldn’t love that! And improve your balance. Tai-Chi and Pilates focus mind and body, bringing them together reducing stress-related disorders, toning muscles and gives greater flexibility. Joining a class is great fun and once you have learned the techniques you can practice at home. Dancing is another great way to stay healthy. Angela Ripon is 70 and look 60, she swears by dancing to keep fit.
These kind of exercises harness a positive mental attitude which is so important to have. Joining a class helps with your social life and as it’s a great way of meeting other people. I personally practice Tai-Chi and Pilates and have made new friends since joining both. If you fancy being more active then try Nordic walking. This is a wonderful way to get outdoors in a group even on a cold day and you soon warm up.
It’s important to remember not every woman experiences symptoms in the menopause and of course it will vary person to person. It’s one of those things that you need to be aware of and can range from mild flushes on your face to feeling like you have a thermostat turned up full in your body. Keeping things in perspective and not blaming everything on the menopause is important too as is also acceptance of what is happening which can make things much easier. Similarly resistance to the changes can inhibit a smooth transition. If you feel alone talk to a trusted friend in confidence about how are feeling, especially if they are or have already experienced the menopause.
Finally don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it.