There’s something that happens when you turn 40. I used to kid that right before my birthday, I ordered a "box of damns" but Amazon Prime never delivered them.
I think as women, we move into our 40’s with a better understanding of life and time. We are older, parts are relaxing into themselves, our relationships are hopefully settling and then, menopause comes along and throws a monkey wrench into EVERYTHING. Am I right?
Well, we can’t let a little thing like the 2nd biggest hormonal change in our lives stop us. Here are a few tips to help get you and me through menopause while focusing on our minds, bodies, and spirits.
My mom had dry skin. I have oily but sensitive skin. One of the things she complained about A LOT was how much dryer her skin was. And here’s the kicker: it’s kinda permanent.
We’ve already discussed the dryness that happens in other parts of your body... let’s not speak of it again. Suffice it to say if it is happening in your innermost (or is it "innermoist"?) parts then, your skin is certainly going to feel the effects of estrogen draining from your body faster than your wallet at Sephora’s.
As usual, talk to your doctor about any issues you’re having and for recommendations about your specific skin type. In the meantime, here are a few thoughts on things that may help while you wait for your appointment. A friend of mine always tells me skin care starts from the inside out so:
- Be sure to stay hydrated!
- Eat some essential fatty acids to help produce oil in your skin. Many of us are low in Omega 3 oils. Try supplementing after talking to your doctor about your personal health history.
- Moisturize! Don’t forget to lather up and give your skin some moisture from the outside. And, if your lotion contains sunscreen, that’s even better!
Working out is one of the hardest things for me to get to. I would probably schedule a root canal before getting up super early in the morning to work out. That being said, I feel at my best when I am giving my body the activity it needs.
It can be a walk, Zumba or a yoga class. Whatever helps you stay in shape and gives your body the break it needs from the sedentary lives most of us lead, get up and do it! Let me remind you this will help you sleep better which is a big benefit during the pause!
An unrelated benefit is I always end up eating better when I exercise, and my water intake goes up. So, exercise can be the catalyst for consistent habit changes that will help you feel and look better.
Some folks give “mindfulness” the side eye. Mostly because it’s turned into such a fad these days. But, mindfulness is something I think a lot of us have always known and identified with for ages.
With today's high paced world, it is imperative that we are able to center ourselves and give our mind that break to recharge. This goes beyond menopause but I think it becomes even more important when there’s so much happening physically that you might be unable to control. Yes, your body has decided to be a jerk, but your mind can be an oasis in the miles of hot sand that seems to surround us during this period of our lives.
There are lots of apps to help you meditate or keep track of your mindful activities. I like to meditate as I fall asleep and find it helps me go to sleep faster and has put some of those insomniac moments on pause. I’m grateful for that.
Whatever you do, be aware you cannot pour from an empty cup. During menopause, more than ever, women must take the time to care for themselves before caring for anything or anyone else. It sounds selfish, but it is actually an act of love. Love for yourself and for those around you.
The biggest thing I’ve noticed is taking care of yourself is good for you, and it is modeling this behavior for the younger women in your midst.
How do you take care of mind, body, and spirit?
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