We often talk about our own menopause journeys, but in this blog, I’m going to talk about my own experience in a bit more detail. For those of you that don't know I had many years of problems that culminated in a hysterectomy when I was just 39. I was willing to accept the fact that it had to happen, but what I wasn't prepared for was all the menopause symptoms that hit me like a train.
Now don't get me wrong I'm not naive, I knew it was coming, but I didn't really understand how hard it would hit me. My consultant warned me about the hot flushes, but that was it really! Nothing else was really discussed and you don't get sent home with a manual or a handbook to tell you what to expect and what you can do about it (oh there's an idea right there!)
I've spent many years working through my own symptoms and now we work tirelessly to support other women going through their own struggles.
So, we wanted to share with you some of our top tips to help you on your own journey.
Keep a diary of your symptoms to speak to your doctor about
Stay hydrated - hot flushes and night sweats can make you dehydrated, which in turn will make your symptoms worse.
Consider your options - HRT isn't for everyone, and you don't have to take it. There are plenty of other therapies that can help. Do what works for you.
Try alternative therapies or supplements for your symptoms.
Exercise more and eat less - our metabolism slows down during menopause which can cause weight gain. But it's not inevitable!
Get enough sleep - this might be easier said than done. But there is lots that can be done to improve your sleep.
Talk about what is happening to your body, it's nothing to be ashamed of and is completely natural. Your loved ones will want to be able to support you.
If you feel like you need some help and support to manage your symptoms, or are struggling to cope, why not have a look at our retreats where we help provide a holistic approach to supporting you at either a day or a whole weekend retreat.
We’ve also included below some links to external resources about menopause and mental health that you might find useful.