Your body knows—usually before your conscious mind does—when you’re hungry, tired, or stressed. Pay attention to its cues – you’ll be more likely to notice anxiety and stress. It’s called body awareness.
Be aware of what triggers your unpleasant menopause experiences.
Are your hot flashes worse because you’re more anxious? Eating more sugary foods? Exercising less?
Is your brain fog worse because you’re drinking more alcohol? Not drinking enough water through the day, not moving every 2 hours, not going outside in the fresh air?
Why is your sleep worse? Alcohol? Not exercising? Too much on your To Do List (read Tips #1 and #2). Worrying about things you can’t control? Taking on too much in what’s supposed to be a holiday?
Becoming aware of the hormonal changes of the menopause transition will reduce your worry and fear. Practice body awareness and when something doesn’t feel right, get support.
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During COVID the number of divorces went up. Not surprising!
Living at home together 24 hours a day with stress, worry and fear, too much work or not enough work, not enough money, not enough family or too much family, puts a strain on relationships. But like everything else, it depends on how you perceive things, how you act on your emotions, and how you practice empathy, kindness, and understanding in your relationships.
I’ll interview an expert on relationships during one of the WHIM (Women’s Health In Midlife) Network exclusive for members-only events in 2021.
Are you or a woman you know going through a rough relationship? What a thoughtful holiday gift it would be to give her/you a WHIM (Women’s Health In Midlife) Network annual membership to help her improve her relationship.