Menopause can be a stressful and unfamiliar transition. Feelings of frustration and fear during this time are very common. Use mindfulness as a tool to help you manage these emotions during your menopause. We have provided tips and useful resources to help you incorporate mindfulness practices into your daily routine.
Mindfulness has changed my perspective and attitude towards my menopause
Mindfulness is simply being present in the here and now. Pay more attention to your own thoughts and feelings and learn how to embrace your emotions. Tune into these emotions and feel more connected to yourself and the world around you. By focusing on the present and accepting how you feel, mindfulness can be used as tool to improve your overall mental wellbeing.
Menopause can be a stressful transition. However, it is a natural process that you can choose to embrace.
Our minds are often in 'auto-pilot'. Menopause is an unfamiliar time and it can become easy to stress and obsess over your symptoms. The more you do this, the worse they will be. Don't let yourself get caught in a cycle of negativity - this will only frustrate you more. Take steps to become more aware of your feelings.
Mindfulness is a great way to manage your menopause. Use it to change your attitude and shape your own experience. Menopause can be a scary time but try to see it as a transition rather than fearing it. There's strong evidence that changing your outlook can transform your menopause experience.
Feelings of anxiety and depression are common amongst menopausal women. Try to name these thoughts and feelings. Remember, mindfulness is not about eliminating any of your negativity. It is about identifying it so that you can begin to understand it rather than fear it. Be patient. This may not be the easiest thing to do but if you are persistent then you will see results.
Yoga and meditation are both great activities that can calm your state of mind. Spending time in the morning to do a yoga can help lower your stress levels for the rest of the day. Stress is a major trigger behind many menopausal symptoms. Use this time to relax and work on your breathing. Similarly, a meditation before bed can help you unwind and quiet your mind. Even just a 5 minute check in with yourself can help you feel more connected with your thoughts.
One of the hardest acts of mindfulness is making time for yourself. Lets face it - life is very busy! Making time for yourself is a powerful way in which you can feel more in control. Try to make yourself a priority. Exercise, eat well and practice relaxation techniques to help get you through the day.
Mindfulness is about remaining in the present. Try focusing your thoughts and efforts on the here and now. Stop worrying about the past or the future. Holding onto your past will make it harder to move forward. Focus on what you can control.
There are a number of resources that are available to you when practicing mindfulness.
nhs.uk. n.d. Mindfulness. [online]
Available at: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/mindfulness/ [Accessed 19 May 2020].
Menopause.org. n.d. Mindfulness & Menopause, Menopause Information & Articles | The North American Menopause Society, NAMS. [online]
Available at: https://www.menopause.org/for-women/menopauseflashes/menopause-symptoms-and-treatments/make-your-menopause-a-positive-experience [Accessed 19 May 2020].
Clarity. n.d. Clarity - Mindfulness App For Women | Daily Self-Care To Calm & Energise. [online]
Available at: https://clarity.app/ [Accessed 19 May 2020].