Women are frequently taken aback by the numerous changes that accompany menopause. Although we face transitions throughout our lives, menopause—the buildup, the beginning, the midway, and the aftermath—can feel especially unwanted in the middle of life.
Menopausal women face a variety of interruptions, including changes in sleep, libido, mood swings, joint pain and attractiveness. However, one thread runs through many of them: the more you know, the better prepared you can be.
Affirmations, like in any other stage of your life, can help you thrive during your menopause stage. I know, it’s not easy, but you won’t believe how words can help you.
In this article, I’ll show you how you can thrive during this stage and how you can survive this harsh and difficult stage of your life.
“Menopause is a natural stage of life. It is not a disease or a disorder.”Anita Reisinger
When Does It Kick In?
Menopause is the period of time in your life when you no longer have menstrual cycles, indicating the end of your child-bearing years. This is a natural process that often occurs in your late 40s to mid-50s, but it can occur at any time within those years.
Perimenopause, menopause, and post-menopause are the three stages of menopause. Perimenopause is the period preceding menopause in which your body prepares and your hormones change.
Menopause occurs when you have gone 12 months without having a menstrual cycle. During this time, your hormones alter dramatically, resulting in a slew of unpleasant symptoms. In some cases, menopause might extend several years.
The rest of your life after you haven’t had your monthly period for 12 months in a row is referred to as post-menopause. You can no longer conceive naturally, and your hormones have stabilized.
Menopause affects each woman differently and can occur at any age after the age of 40. It is considered premature menopause if you begin menopause before the age of 40. Whatever stage you’re at, the symptoms might make life difficult for a while.
While your symptoms are unlikely to be identical to those of other women your age, they are likely to be comparable. They are caused by severe fluctuations in your hormones.
During perimenopause, you may notice some obvious indicators of your body altering. During this era of your life, you may experience the following symptoms:
- Gaining weight.
- Hot Flashes.
- Joint Pain.
- Loss of Libido.
- The mood shifts.
- Skin that is parched.
Missed or irregular menstrual cycles are one of the first indicators of menopause. As your hormone levels fluctuate, your body prepares to be unable to conceive. This is why you may not get a period for several months or your bleeding may be irregular.
Although these symptoms are inconvenient, they are not dangerous. You should be able to get through menopause rather simply if you take care of yourself and seek therapy as necessary.
Affirmations To Help You Thrive Through Menopause
- I embrace each day and what shows up in this time of transition.
- As I face the unknown aspects in front of me, I let go of any aspects that are holding me back.
- The need for control will keep me feeling stuck.
- I am willing to soften and open myself to the possibilities ahead.
- I am beautiful through and through; I choose to love myself.
- I reach out and know I have all the resources I need.
- I welcome the importance of the role that I am transitioning into.
- I look at life in menopause with joy instead of with bitterness
- I embody this body, even as it continues to change.
- I am willing to discover parts of myself that I may have overlooked.
- I create time and space to embrace what I want and need.
- I am always enough.
- I easily talk about menopause with my partner, so I can be supported.
- As I prepare for a restful night sleep, I feel grateful for…
- I welcome the wisdom of the women before me.
- I love and honor myself.
- My confidence increases as I get older
- I have so much to offer
- I embrace life and all its changes
- People look to me for guidance
- I recognise all that I have to offer
- I am allowed to take time for myself
- I enjoy restful sleep every night
- I have so much to offer and those around me recognise this
- I am amazing
- I am grateful for my life experiences, they made me who I am today.
- I welcome this transformation time with joy and grace.
“Wouldn’t be amazing if we burned as many calories with a hot flash as we did doing a 5-mile run?”Anonymous
Tips for a Stress-Free Menopause Transition
There isn’t much you can do while your body goes through this stage, but it’s always a good idea to check in with your gynecologist to get some help. Some people use hormone replacement therapy and some people choose to use natural supplements to help ease the discomforts they feel.
You can, however, make the adjustment much easier on yourself and your body.Here are some pointers to help you go through menopause:
Emotions are high during menopause, so taking some time to breathe and relax your thoughts will assist with mood swings. Meditation is a great tool to calm you and even to help you sleep.
During this time it’s essential to communicate about what you are going through with your loved ones. They can’t read your mind and if you don’t tell them, they simply won’t know how you feel, and can’t help. You can also find support groups with other women, who are also experiencing menopause.
Consume plenty of water.
Hot flashes deplete your energy, including sweat. You should stay hydrated on a daily basis during menopause, as this might assist cool your body down.
Cool down your bedroom.
Because of the hot flushes and chills, insomnia is a major problem during this time. Keeping your bedroom cold and sleeping in light pajamas may assist your body to relax and allow you to obtain some much-needed sleep. And might want to purchase a new cooling mattress.
Get some lubrication.
Menopausal vaginal dryness makes intercourse with your partner extremely uncomfortable. Finding an excellent lubricant may increase your enjoyment of sex and make it much more pleasurable.
Maintain a nutritious diet.
It’s difficult to maintain a healthy weight when your hormones are all over the place. Including plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables in your diet and avoiding sugar and limiting carbohydrates might help you maintain your weight loss.
Caffeine and alcohol can also cause hot flashes and other symptoms. It is critical to avoid them during menopause or to consume them in moderation. The same is true for smoking, though stopping is the greatest way to alleviate your symptoms.
“The very best way that you can help yourself is to develop and sustain a positive attitude. The way you think and feel about everything will make all the difference to your experience.”Caroline Carr
Menopause affects everyone differently, and while some women have few symptoms, others have difficulty functioning properly. When you’re being bullied by ruthless menopausal symptoms, it can be difficult to do more than survive. Discover your own longings and wants during this life-changing season of menopause. Do your affirmation(s) regularly – in the morning and evening – and look forward to and expect the best years of your life!
Don’t forget to give yourself the opportunity to thrive – if you’re having difficulty functioning normally, talk to your doctor about how you might make menopause more manageable. Many women fear or have negative attitudes toward menopause, and while it may have unpleasant side effects, everyone deserves to thrive during menopause, and the advice above can help you accomplish just that.