Actually, I should readjust that title and call it ‘Managing the MANY Menopausal Mindfields’.
Which one applies to you? And I do mean ‘mind’ field and not the traditional ‘mine’ field. A lot of menopausal and midlife intensity levels have a lot to do with what our mind tells us and how it can get a grip of us. Are you dealing with many varied symptoms or have you sailed through it all and come out injury free? This is a quick blog post that I hope can steer you to some serious info that you’ll find helpful. I’m a true believer in taking our health into our own hands and that came with some study and detective work.
You do need to do what your physician tells you – but if it’s ‘here take this anti-depressant’ or ‘just go on HRT’ without giving you options or discussion WHY they are saying this to you, then make sure you either get a second opinion or do some self study. I want to help steer you to some great authors.
If we’re talking physical symptoms I’ll be referring to:
Middle liver roll
Lack of Sleep
Achey joints and restless legs
Loss of interest in lots of things typically feminine
An unwelcome diagnosis
If we’re talking emotional or spiritual it could be any from this list:
Empty nest syndrome
Dealing with ageing parents
Loss of a spouse or new single life
Anxiety about everything that can become full blown depression
Emotional upheavals of a different kind
An unwelcome diagnosis – this has both physical and emotional repercussions
I have no doubt the many women out there I’ve spoken to or who might read this could tick off numerous or add many more. The combination of what happens to us emotionally can manifest in what happens to us physically. So what do we do?
Here’s a list of some of the authors who’ve helped me. As I’ve mentioned in a previous post – I’ve studied loads of them, but if you’re a reader you might like some of these.
Dr Libby Weaver’s selection of books – particularly her ‘Rushing Womens Syndrome’. I felt she was talking directly to me. So believe me, her explanations of what goes on in our bodies are truly gripping. Grab her cook books too, they’re awesome.
Dr Susan Lark’s ‘Healthy Menopause and The Anxiety and Stress Cure’. I loved them both and sponged up this information.
Another favourite of course is Dr Christiane Northrup – do yourself a favour and download her latest ‘Goddesses Never Age’. Her approach to our attitude about ageing is spot on. I absolutely love these guys – their books, CDs, seminars and webinars have changed my life. But this is the tip of the iceberg. There are so many more I can thank for journey of learning I’m still undergoing.
Some brilliant scientific evidence of bio-identical HRT, drugs and the natural way came from Dr Ladd McNamara, Obgyn and MD in his book ‘Menopause’. It’s not in print right at the moment, but I’ll stay on him to rerelease it – he lays out clearly some of the misconceptions and truths about HRT, but I will share with you my interpretation. It’s a tiny little book that packs a mighty science backed medical punch. This is pretty much the crux as to what has brought me way out on top of all the cranked up symptoms I’ve experienced and made me look younger, feel better, lose kilos and feel like my old self again . If you get a chance to get your hands on his CD ‘The Power of Cellular Nutrition’, you’ll love it. I have a small handful of them with me, so if you’re nearby I’d be happy to share his info with you.
I’ve learned through his and many other doctors valuable teachings one key message….
If we can truly take care of our diets by consuming high quality vitamins, minerals and antioxidants as well as hormone replacement (discussed in depth with our doctor and studied all by ourselves) we can actually slow down the ageing process and reduce the risk of pretty much all chronic disease.
I’m not saying we’re not going to grow old and die – of course we will. But I learned to take active steps. I studied my diet, how I was moving, what I was saying to myself, how I was sleeping and I know I’m in a much better state now than I was 10 years ago. But the thing is – studying this stuff is one thing.
Understanding it is another and then the key thing???
I became my own petrie dish. Besides this midlife hiccup of menopause – let’s think a little beyond the 50’s and envision into our 60s and beyond. Do we want to live a strong, happy, vibrant, purposeful life. Hell, let’s face it, we would surely want to do up our own shoelaces when we’re 90. Wouldn’t you want to be able to live an independent proactive life, get up off the floor without any problem should you find yourself there?
Yes it can be a minefield and a mindfield. What to do and what not to do. What to read, what to eat, what to think and how to move. There’s plenty of gurus and experts out there to teach us all of that. But some are not worth it. Go with your gut, do your homework and if you’d like to come along on my journey of discovery, then join me in this blog. Grab some of the books from the authors quoted above. There’s loads and loads of stuff I’ll share – but no doubt right now you have work to do, and you need to get off the internet and go do it.
Or send a message to connect if you’d like to take advantage of my obligation free 30 minute health chat. My email address is best.
Talk to you again soon.