My message for World Menopause Day is this:
- You have got this
You have the wisdom, experience, strength and tools to navigate menopause, however it looks and feels for you.
- Talk about it
Talk about what’s going on for you, with friends, family, colleagues, your GP or nurse. This is part of your social support, one of your most important tools. It’s also part of their education, and yours. The more we talk to each other, the more we share, the more we all learn.
- Ask for help when you need it
If the people you ask can’t help you, ask them to help you find someone who can.
- Trust your instinct
If you want HRT, get educated about what’s on offer and get the best medical support you can. If you don’t want, or can’t have, or feel you don’t need HRT, find out what else is on offer and get the best non-medical support you can. Actually, do that alongside HRT too.
- Rest when you need to
Life can be exhausting. Menopause and perimenopause can be exhausting. You don’t have to push on through. If you can’t see a way to get any time out, ask for help in getting an extra day/hour/week/10 minutes to yourself once in a while.
- Move on a regular basis
Exercise to keep moving and to keep strong. This could include walking, dancing, yoga, running, pilates… whatever you enjoy. Regular exercise helps keep inflammation down – which can flare up once oestrogen starts to decline – and can help reduce anxiety and depression as well as keep bones strong. Over-exercising may just exhaust you and depress your immune system, so make sure there’s balance here.
- Eat nourishing food
Notice what kind of breakfast sustains you through the morning, what kind of lunches keep you fresh through the afternoon, how you feel if you include more vegetables, more protein, less protein, less white rice/pasta/bread and more whole grains, more water… Enjoy your food.
My next Menopause Nutrition online workshop is on Thursday 9th December.
Also check out my nutrition podcast: The Nutrition Brought to Life Podcast – weekly, bite-sized “chapters” based on my book Nutrition Brought to Life