The world seems to stop when you receive that heart-wrenching diagnosis of early menopause.
They tell you that your ovaries are failing, FSH this, HRT that but all you can hear “your body is failing you.” This day will be the day your life changes forever, it may not seem like it right now, but you can and will thrive through this transition.
As the weight of early menopause completely set in, and I was being faced with frustrating night sweets, awkward hot flushes and terrible mood swings I searched high and low for the best ways to cope with the symptoms of early menopause.
So here are my top three coping strategies for dealing with the ups and downs that come with early menopause
Be gentle with yourself
Don’t ever underestimate how big of a challenge early menopause is. Your body is going through a huge transition, as is your mind and soul. So, when your body feels out of control, you’re having a bad mood swing or you’re just feeling over it, don’t beat yourself up. Instead, take in a deep breath and use it as an opportunity to learn and grow. Remember you are doing the best you can with what you have, and for now, that is enough.
Self-care is crucial, especially when you’re facing such a huge transition like early menopause. It’s so important that you take good care of your body, mind and spirit. Take time out for massages, practice meditation, exercise, eat well and carve out time just for you. Give yourself permission to rest when you need to and feed your mind and of course ensure you allow yourself to have fun, and bring pleasure back to your self-care routine.
Knowledge is power
Empower yourself through self-education, be prepared for when you go to the doctors so that you can understand exactly what they’re talking about and know the right questions to ask. It will make life a whole lot easier when you understand what’s happening to your body and the lifestyle changes you can make to help ease into this transition.
I know this is a scary time, but please know that you’re not alone, you have a community of women who have been where you are ready to help you and most importantly you can get through this. It may seem near impossible, but just remember you are far stronger than you realise and you can come here whenever you need support or advice to help you thrive. So all you have to do is reach out.
So ladies, let’s now talk.
Please share with us your biggest challenge with early menopause and how have you overcome it?
With love & gratitude