The world situation had given us a pause, a space to BE at home for quite a while. It gave us an opportunity to step off the 'hamster wheel' of life; of speeding up, shaping up and living it up! Most women live fast-paced lives, with demanding jobs and family responsibilities.
So, however much you may have resented being told to isolate, it allowed us to slow down, BE with our thoughts, FEEL our emotions and ground ourselves by exercising in nature.
Slowing down and paying attention to our emotions is exactly what we needed, especially women in the menopausal years. It gave the space to us to gain perspective on our lives and decide on what we truly want, in our career, in our relationships, our interests and where we live.
The hormonal changes that begin in a woman during her 30's, 40's or 50's have a profound impact on a woman's body and in turn her whole being, physically, emotionally and spiritually.
This transitional time is when old emotional wounds surface. It is the body-mind's way of drawing our attention to unresolved emotional issues.
Menopause demands that we adjust the way in which we live our lives... from the choices we make about how to spend our time to our physical health. Attending to the internal changes taking place and gently following our intuitive guidance requires time and attention, as well as support from others.
It's important to take regular time out, because stress is likely to be your biggest enemy and a daily meditation session will help you to remain calm and cheerful while you integrate your new plans into the rest of your life.
Either first thing in the morning or last thing at night, sit or lay in a comfortable place, with a straight back. Legs and armed uncrossed. Hands placed gently in your lap. Focus on your breathing. Take a deep breath through your nose. Hold for a moment and then push out as much air as you can through your mouth - as if you're blowing out your birthday candles.
And when you are ready, close your eyes. Now repeat. Breathing this way for 10 - 15 minutes during the day will slow you down and oxygenate your body.
Here is a simple 15 minute meditation challenge, a visualisation for Emotional Awareness
Listen to your inner voice, your inner intuition, let your wise self gradually unfold. Self-care is so vital at this time as our physical, emotional and spiritual needs are more immediate.
If you have a family, husband, children and parents, they are of course central to your life and you are probably used, from long-established habit, to considering their needs before your own. But it's okay to put you first!
Menopause is not a sickness. It is an internal journey, a journey home to oneself, self-knowledge. It is from this place within that we find grounding and clarity. We take stock of where we've been and frame our future as vital women of wisdom.
Those around you will even benefit from your relaxation sessions. They may well be sufficiently interested to take it up too - but even if they don't, you will be, in a short time, so much calmer and better tempered that they will regard the changes you have made as very much for the better.
A further element is the cultivation of a positive mental attitude. Worrying over past grievances, moaning constantly about trivial problems, or despairing over present problems rather than deciding what to do about them is not good. The only harm that comes of persistent negativity is to yourself, because it drains what is left of your energy and vitality, aggravates symptoms of all kinds and makes friends instinctively avoid your company.
A positive mental attitude is vital to health. Misery - including the type that is largely self-inflicted - is a stress factor many experts believe is instrumental in causing physical changes which predispose us to dis-ease. Anger, grief and chronic anxiety all play their part in depleting the strength of our immune defence mechanism, making us susceptible to infections, digestive upsets etc.
So this is a great time to make changes you've always wished for.
Improve your relationship
Review your work
Take up a new hobby
The magic charm, finally, is very simple. It's to say to yourself, I won't go back and I won't stay in the same place, inside the same skin. I will go forward. I feel I will have the courage to take the next step. Whatever you choose, make sure you enjoy yourself!
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