Are you ready for a shift in your menopause mindset?
Menopause: we’re typically greeted with either a lack of information, misinformation or an entirely negative picture of what this life stage entails.
But what would it look like to approach menopause from a positive mindset and embrace menopause?
While we’re all for keeping it real and opening up the conversation in general, I also want to point out the positive aspects of this time of change in your life:
a renewed sense of purpose
a deeper understanding of yourself and others
As women, our whole lives are marked by transitions. From the changes of puberty to the hormonal changes we go through every 28 days, pregnancy, perimenopause, menopause, and beyond—we are always in a state of flux. And our moods and emotions can wax and wan but it is this fluidity that is so beautiful about being a woman: we are literally built to embody change.
When it comes to menopause, of course, these changes won’t always be sunshine and roses. Hot flashes, stubborn belly fat, mood swings, brain fog, and sleepless nights all make you feel like crap. While acknowledging that is important, you still get to control what you do next.
I have been drawn to some new mindset work from my mindfulness colleagues at The Potential Project and it resonated with me as a way to help us embrace the changes of perimenopause and menopause and make this transformation easier.
See what you think and let me know if this is helpful as a way to get ourselves out of the stuck and overly negative narrative of menopause that many are perpetuating #followthemoney
Beginner’s Mind - radically open to our reality and hold fewer assumptions
Purpose - prioritizing what has meaning for you yet with it practicalities
Courage - move out of your comfort zone wrt habits and attitudes
Mental Agility- be flexible to change as perimenopause unfolds
Optimism - be both realistic about the present and hopeful for the future
Presilience - set yourself up to respond to your stressors as they arise
On a similar note, I am super honoured and excited to be part of a newly founded group MenoClarity alongside a group of amazing women. We are dedicated to providing evidence-based information about menopause without hype or scaremongering. Stay Tuned ….
It is more than 40 years since Susie Orbach's Fat is a Feminist issue yet Fat Shaming and yet here we are 2023 ...need I say more.
This week was amongst the most emotional podcast interviews I have ever done. Lisa Duerre, CEO of RLD consulting and former senior corporate in Silicon Valley (no shrinking violet) joined me to take about Lipedema a condition that affects only women and has a similar incidence rate to breast cancer i.e 1 in 9 women. Despite knowing about it for the last 80 years there is no cure and because it is accompanied by a huge increase in weight women are gaslit, put on weight loss programs that don’t work etc etc. Here is a snippet that was telling
Do tune into the full episode here and do share it with anyone you think it might help. The more we raise awareness the earlier women can get supported and we can campaign for resources and research for a cure.
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