What Happens To Us In Midlife?
Midlife is a time of transition. Many women change careers, some begin caring for elderly parents and others face relationship problems. Having children when older means you’re coping with hormonal changes while your children are still dependent on you – or if you had children when younger, you may be experiencing the ‘empty-nest’ syndrome. All these life challenges make it even harder to cope with the physical and emotional changes of perimenopause.
Oestrogen affects many parts of the body, including the blood vessels, heart, bone, breasts, uterus, urinary system, skin, and brain. Loss of oestrogen is believed to be the cause of many of the symptoms associated with menopause. At the time of menopause, the ovaries also decrease their production of testosterone – which is your sex hormone.
- Perimenopause: This phase usually begins several years before menopause, when your ovaries slowly make less oestrogen. Perimenopause lasts until menopause, the point at which your ovaries stop releasing eggs. In the last 1 to 2 years of this stage, estrogen levels fall faster. Many women have menopause symptoms.
- Menopause: This is when it’s been a year since you had a period. Your ovaries have stopped releasing eggs and making most of their oestrogen.
- Postmenopause: These are the years after menopause. Menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes usually ease, but health risks related to the loss of oestrogen increase as you get older.
Making Time For Yourself, Changing Your Routines
Self-care is a necessity, not a luxury. In order for us to have the strength and time for everyone around us its important we take time to fill our own cup, to regenerate ourselves; look after our physical and mental wellbeing. To REVIVE!
This can be difficult at first and most of us battle with a sense of guilt as we are no doubt running around with too much to do, people to look after – but as time goes on, if you don’t find this time, things will boil over and effect your health and those around you.
Small self-care tasks will build up to a big result, you start to feel so much better about yourself so you can be a better version of you, a better mum, a better wife and partner and more focused and productive in your work place.
Change can be overwhelming, especially at this time of life. One of the life skills menopause has taught me is to work in manageable chunks. I no longer take on overwhelming projects that I may or may not complete and that leave me running around like a headless chicken. I have realised that I no longer thrive on that level of stress, I much prefer to take on just enough to push me to excel and not too much to stress the bejeezus out of me. Changing habits is the key, isolating what routines you have and picking something that you can replace it with or do more of. Baby steps is what’s important and that is what I will show you.
It’s time to invest in yourself. If you want to enjoy your power years/second half of your life, action is required. You are not used to doing things for YOU and that is why you feel the way you do.
By joining me with the ‘REVIVE YOU’ programme, you will have everything you need at your fingertips to make powerful changes – with me at your side.