Posted by kathryn on May 25, 2011
FEAR is the biggest challenge as women approach menopause! I do a lot of workshops and public speaking on this subject and it comes up time and again; fear of menopause and fear of aging are affecting relationships and women’s working lives.
Reluctant to acknowledge hormonal changes, agressive behaviour can manifest itself in rejecting partners, family and even colleagues and managers at work. Age is just a number and hormones start changing at 35, yes 35, so it’s no wonder you feel ‘too young’ for menopause. You are! You won’t reach ‘menopause’, the end of the journey, until you’re about 51. There IS light at the end of the tunnel. DO take time to look inwards and realise you are a wonderful person that has developed a myriad of skills over the years and, yes, hormones are causing some real bodily function connection failures (Charisma Bypass, I call it) and not a day goes by when you don’t feel one degree under BUT acknowledging those changes, acknowledging that you are dispirited, TALKING to your nearest and dearest, will all go some way to help you negotiate your own unique and individual pathway to what, really, will be a NEW you!
Feeling in the throws of it? This is often the time to take a sabbatical; thinking time, maybe even go on a retreat – get acquainted with yoga. You’re probably familiar with the phrases: where am I now? Where do I want to be? When do I want to get there? Yep, these same questions that require deep, deep, thought for business purposes also make a lot of sense in your personal life. Have a go: clean sheet of paper, write stuff down and see what comes out of it. It might not be what you were expecting, either but don’t get scared about that, think it through and take your time. Venture down some of those thought pathways, see where they take you.
Kathryn Colas, SimplyHormones.com