You would be hard pushed to find any positive celebrity quotes concerning menopause and menopause symptoms. I know, because I have searched for them…
Instead, what you will find are lots of humourous cartoons concerning hot flushes, mood swings, poor memory, loss of sleep and weight gain. You will also come across several interviews with experiences like these:
“I actually took a friend of mine aside and said to her, and she’s a few years older than me, and I said ‘I’m really worried that I might be getting early-onset Alzheimer’s,’ and she said, ‘honestly, it’s just the menopause.” Ulrike Jonsson
“… it was the most beautiful day, everything was fantastic. Rosie [Lorraine’s daughter] was sailing through her exams at university, life was really good, love my job, all of that… and there was no joy in my life,” she said.” Lorraine Kelly
“Then this depression hit me – and I don’t use the word depression lightly. This was a blackness where I would wake up – nothing else in my life was going wrong, I’m a very lucky woman, no money worries or nothing like that – and I would wake up and think ‘I don’t see the point in carrying on. I just don’t see the point in life,” she said” Carol Vorderman
“Literally one moment you’re fine, and then another, you feel like you’re in a vat of boiling water, and you feel like the rug has been pulled out from underneath you” Kim Catterell
“It was at the point that I felt like my life was falling apart around me that I started to ask what could be going on internally, and friends suggested it might be hormonal…I was used to being able to balance a lot of things, and all of a sudden I felt like I could handle nothing. I felt completely overwhelmed” Gillian Anderson
Is there another way?
It’s hard to believe from these quotes that menopause is a natural transition in all women’s lives…
BUT I believe that there may be another way to experience menopause. One that may require some extra effort and probably some lifestyle changes too. It is also an investment in your current and future health
In my experience, there are many actions you can take to make this transition smoother
I work with women to address any underlying imbalances and nutritional deficiencies. I also look at any potential lifestyle factors which may be contributing to and exacerbating symptoms.
These are the 5 key areas:
- What you eat (and drink)
- How you manage stress
- The quality of your sleep
- How you exercise
- Your exposure to chemicals and toxins
N.B. There may be occasions when hormone replacement therapy may also be beneficial. This is something that would need to be discussed on an individual basis with a qualified medical practitioner.
Gillian Anderson also said “Peri-menopause and menopause should be treated as the rites of passage that they are. If not celebrated, then at least accepted and acknowledged and honored.”
Menopause Symptoms – How much control do you really have?
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I will finish with my favourite quote of all: