All women will go through menopause. We all know it’s a natural part of life, so why do so many of us worry about it? Are we worrying about nothing? If you’re reading this article and you’ve not yet gone through menopause, you’re doing the right thing by preparing and learning as much as you can about what will happen to your body.
In many ways turning 50 is just another number and life goes on as it did before. On the other hand, turning 50 can bring about a lot of anxiety. It’s the point at which many women feel as though their best years are over. Of course, this isn’t true at all, but it doesn’t stop us feeling that way when it happens, even for a brief moment. The truth is, things do change as we reach our fifties, but it’s not all bad! Whether you’ve already reached 50, or even if you’re a long way off you might enjoy reading these four ways your life changes as you age.
Mojo is described in the dictionary as ‘a magic charm, talisman, or spell.’ In any movie with magic powers we know all too well that when they are taken away, things are not so good. In everyday life we are, of course, referring to our own lively and positive spirit, our ‘get up and go’. Some of us might describe is as the part of us that makes us … well… us. It makes sense then that when it’s gone, you feel as though you’ve lost yourself. Sadly, this is an all-too-common occurrence as we approach and go through menopause.
Most of us know that getting a little sunlight can be good for our health. There is a reason we often feel brighter, re-energised and all-round happier when we’ve jetted off abroad to a sunny region. Of course, overexposure to sunlight is extremely dangerous and we must always be vigilant when out in the sun, even on days that don’t appear particularly warm. However, most Brits do not get enough sunlight and as a result our mental health suffers. This is even more true over the autumn and winter months.
Let’s be honest, menopause symptoms and sex aren’t two things you really want to hear in the same sentence. Sadly, sex is just one more area of our lives that menopause likes to get in the way of. If you’re one of the lucky few who seems to breeze through menopause with minimal issues, then you probably won’t have given this topic much thought. If you’re one of the 80% of women who suffer from symptoms such a vaginal dryness and low libido, then you’ll know exactly where we’re coming from!
Sadly, we don’t talk about menopause enough. At least not with our family friends. For those who go through menopause early, it can even feel embarrassing to admit. The truth is, it eventually happens to every single woman, so there really is no need to feel embarrassed. We go through perimenopause in the years leading up to menopause, so even if you’re the first of your friends to become fully menopausal, it’s likely similarly aged woman are in perimenopause too.
Do you ever get that feeling as though you’ve become a deflated balloon? As if without noticing and slowly over time, you’ve shrivelled into a smaller, less vibrant version of yourself. It’s not as though you’re stressed, depressed or even anxious. We’re not talking about those things. Rather, it’s just your own energy that needs re-igniting. Typically we all have our own way of re-energising, but if you’re out of ideas, or you’re just looking for something new, why not try the following methods?
It’s normal and very common to feel anxiety as a symptom of menopause. If you’ve never suffered from anxiety before, it can feel as though your world is crumbling around you. Add that to the other numerous symptoms and suddenly it becomes very hard to cope. Anxiety is often accompanied by depression and it’s not hard to see why. Treating and coping with it early is the best way forward.
Exercise doesn’t have to mean grueling visits to the gym or intense hour-long workouts. There are plenty of lighter options that can help support you through menopause. Osteoporosis (a reduction in bone mass) is a real risk as we go through the change, but the right types of exercise can increase bone and muscle strength, to prevent osteoporosis. Exercise is also the best natural antidepressant so if you’re feeling low there really is nothing better, or quicker! If you’ve been put off signing up to the gym or heading for that Zumba class, don’t feel bad. There are plenty of light exercises you can do at home that can bring about equal benefits.
We normally associate changes in appetite with mental or physical illness, or perhaps pregnancy. We don’t tend to make the connection when it comes to menopause. Believe it or not, the hormonal changes that cause menopause can actually affect our appetite. An increase in appetite is not at all uncommon. As a result, many of us find that the pounds start to add up and our jeans start to get a little tighter. Why does this happen and is it due to menopause itself or just the natural aging process?