Around my forty-fifth birthday, I started noticing that the quality of my sleep was declining (to say the least!) and I was having extreme mood swings. I was also often uncomfortably warm, which was odd: I’ve always been the girl who needed an extra sweatshirt. Finally, I realized I was perimenopausal.
I started talking to friends and discovered I wasn’t alone. We were all feeling tired, hot, and a little temperamental! It felt like a club nobody really wanted to be a part of, but we were happy to be in it together just the same and we kept on—and keep on—talking about it.
One of the best pieces of advice I got from my friends: Take really good care of yourself. So I do what I can to ease my symptoms, even when that means putting myself first. And I focus on all the good stuff this stage of my life has brought. For me, midlife is about freedom in so many ways: I’m an empty-nester. I can travel. I can enjoy more time alone. I’m more confident about expressing my opinion without hesitation.
Perimenopause sometimes keeps me up at night, and it sometimes makes me a little cranky and sweaty. But when it comes to living life to the fullest, it’s got nothing on me.
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