ARE YOU READY FOR THE MENOPAUSE ?
MOTIVATING CHANGE FOR WOMEN TO CREATE INSPIRATIONAL LIVES
Studies show that women in the UK can experience menopausal symptoms for up to 14 years!
If you are in your early to mid-40s - You MAY already be in the Perimenopausal phase....
✓Are you feeling a bit frustrated and anxious or possibly stressed?
✓Do you feel uncertain regarding what your future may hold?
✓Does the road ahead look rocky with no clear pathway to being happy, confident, desirable, fulfilled with any inner peace?
✓Are You finding it difficult to put yourself first and increasingly focus more on those around you?
✓Are you finding that even though the children may have left home, your are now expected to take care of elderly parents?
✓Are you fed up with looking and feeling old?
✓Does it feel like you are losing your identity as a woman
✓Do you feel invisible at times? are you mourning the younger you?
✓Worst of all have you given up;?
✓Do you have less energy and sometimes take to the sofa with the ice cream and chocolate.
✓Are you thinking is this the beginning or the end? That there is no hope for you.
✓Are you starting to avoid social situations now perhaps even preferring to hide away?
✓Do you find yourself focusing on what hasn’t worked for you already?
✓Do you see other women appear to be coping well with this phase in their life do you wonder how are they doing it?
✓Are you finding it all a bit overwhelming especially as you are juggling family and work?
✓Are you so exhausted you sometimes do not know what to do with yourself?
You may already be experiencing some or all if these symptoms without realising that it could be your hormones putting you out of whack!
IF YOU HAVE TICKED ANY OF THESE STATEMENTS THEN YOU ARE IN THE RIGHT PLACE
The New You Guide to a Cool Menopause Looks At
Menopausal issues at home work and play
What you need to eat,
What you need to avoid
The New You Guide to a Cool Menopause programme contains everything you will need to do mentally, physically, and spiritually SAIL through this perfectly natural time in your life. So that you can relax, stop worrying and take control of the next rewarding phase of your life.
Knowledge is power....
symptoms may include:
Lack of energy/ Reduced stamina
It is also very common to experience:
Poor self-esteem / Low self-image.
putting on WEIGHT, ………very often around the middle.
So how can you make your menopause a more positive experience?
Self-care plays a vital part, and it makes sense to look after your health and manage your symptoms in whatever way feels right for you, however it can be difficult to eliminate all of them, even if you could. Instead, we can find ways of manage your reactions, so that you do not get caught up in a vicious cycle of negative emotions and unhelpful coping strategies
(Trust me there is a point beyond which staying in bed and eating chocolate ceases to be helpful).
During your sessions you will experience deeply relaxing hypnosis sessions to reduce stress levels.
Discover new ways to change the way you think and feel about yourself, plus how to be use mindfulness to support your symptoms.
Mindfulness cannot remove the symptoms of menopause, but it can help you relate to them in a calmer and more compassionate way and self compassion is a great boost to your mental health.
Learning these simple techniques to focus your awareness, relax the body and ride out the storm (whether the storm is physical or emotional) can make a difference.
A research project at the University of Massachusetts found that women with hot flushes & night sweats who learned Mindfulness felt less bothered by their symptoms, less stressed, and slept better than their colleagues who hadn't learned Mindfulness.
Try the following as an example of how to relax
Are You Ready To Relax ?
Let Us Begin:
Start by just sitting in a comfortable, relaxed position and following the movement of your breath.
Every time your mind wanders (which it will, many times...) just notice where it's gone and gently guide it back.
Feel your feet in contact with the ground, your bottom with the floor or the chair.
Sit in silence.
Try to put aside all thoughts of the past and the future and stay in the present.
Bring your attention to your breathing and watch your thoughts.
Try to keep concentrating on your breath.
Be aware of breathing in.
Be aware of breathing out.
Inhale and exhale. Feel your belly rise and fall, the air enter your nostrils and leave your mouth. Pay attention to the way each breath changes and is different.
Keep your attention right there, on the flow of your breath.
Watch every thought come and go, whether it is a worry, fear, anxiety or hope. When thoughts come up in your mind, don't ignore or suppress them but simply note them, remain calm and use your breathing as an anchor.
If you find yourself getting carried away in your thoughts, observe where your mind went off to, without judging, and simply return to your breathing. Remember not to be hard on yourself if this happens.
After breathing in this way for a while and your ready to finish, sit for a minute or two, becoming aware of where you are. Get up gradually.
At first,it will not be easy, trust me. Your mind will try to get away from your instructions, returning restlessly to daily activities, family problems, personal worries, etc. But gradually as your meditation practice develops, you will find that you are better able to bring your attention to your breath, your body, your immediate surroundings and to see yourself becoming a little calmer.
Do this for as long as you like.
NOTE: many of these symptoms listed can also be attributed to other things. So it would be wrong to automatically assume that just because you are of a certain age ‘it must be the menopause". always check with your GP first
Kim Thomas providing professional well being services to support women in the East Midlands prepare and cope with the menopause.
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