Say what?! Nobody talks about this. Well, I am.
Menopause isn't something that is talked about a whole lot. Our moms probably didn't teach us and we didn't learn it in school. Maybe we as woman don't want to admit we are growing older. We have face creams, and surgeries to help us deny the inevitable..hell, we even have yoga for the face to combat those signs of aging! The acknowledgment of being middle-aged and going through the change just doesn't match up to what we, and society, put on ourselves and our fellow sisters. The pressure to look young forever is always on us. Well, I myself, I am ready to relieve that pressure, pass the baton on to the younger generation, and embrace all the wisdom, wrinkles, and yes, all the symptoms I am experiencing during middle age.
Perimenopause is the stage leading up to menopause. It can last a few months or a few years. No rhyme or reason really. And along with this "special" time of change, we experience a whole melody of symptoms..hot flashes, mood swings, anxiety, brain fog, and queasiness to name a few. We all experience these symptoms on some level. Knowing this helps eliminates the worry and anxiety that can come when one starts to experience these strange things happening. And, fortunately, we don't need to look outside ourselves for relief. We can look to nature. I realize at times is necessary to turn to meds and hormones, but it shouldn't be the automatic go-to. I know from being a personal trainer, yoga instructor, and life coach for 20 years now, that we have amazing bodies that can naturally regulate and heal themselves. The fake food, chemicals, and stressors that we expose ourselves to are not natural and they make it hard for our bodies to respond properly to the natural process of menopause. With proper nutrition (real, living food), movement of the body (yes, exercise), and the managing of our thoughts through mindfulness and meditation, our symptoms become much lighter and way more manageable. We do not have to be at the mercy of doctors, hormones, and pharmaceuticals to pass through this time of change, and we have everything we need inside us to not only survive but to thrive!
My life long career and life long passion is helping women through the difficulties in life through mind, movement and nutrition. When I help you, I help myself. That's why I picked this career. I need reminding of what needs to be done, just as much as you may also. I would love to teach you what I know on how to stay sane and keep the body and mind in tack during these times of change. Don't just survive, THRIVE!