Some of my slightly younger friends are beginning to feel the effects of menopause, where they previously hadn’t. I can empathise.
There are so many symptoms that apparently occur overnight and we can hardly believe that it’s simply down to us entering a new stage of our life. When this happened to me, it was a complete surprise. My life had been carefree, injury-free (mostly), pain-free, I’d had a charmed and very fortunate life up to then.
I think most women accept that hot sweats is part and parcel of the journey, but their very presence can exacerbate all other symptoms and our habitual way of life. They can affect us both physically and emotionally, by making us tired, fatigued, embarrassed, full of aches, and sometimes quite afraid. I remember wondering if I was going to have to endure it for the rest of my life. Had that transpired, I don’t think I’d be here writing this now.
When I think about it, our body undergoes a tremendous amount of changes as hormone levels begin to fluctuate, with even one change potentially disturbing our equilibrium, so it’s hardly surprising that so many women find it difficult to continue the simplest of their daily tasks, which for some are countless.
When we’re used to being flexible, energetic, emotionally strong, and then have to admit we don’t feel like the warrior we once did can be humiliating.
PLEASE – ask for help! There is absolutely no need to feel any of these symptoms any longer. There is no need to stay silent when help is available. And the sooner you get on the case, the quicker you’ll begin to feel more like you again.
You have decades ahead of you. Make them happy.
I’m not a qualified clinician, dietician, or psychologist, or anything! I write based only on my own experiences, personal views, and research into menopause. Please always seek the advice of a professional. Jacky Wood