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If you are a woman in your 50s, you are very likely to be in menopause.
Menopause occurs in every woman’s life. Regardless they have had children or not, sooner or later women find themselves dealing with the end of their monthly period and, for the majority of them, that is a time when they face very disrupting symptoms.
SYMPTOMS AND PSYCHOLOGICAL CONSEQUENCES
Menopause is not an easy ride. Only 20% of women who go through menopause do not experience any symptoms. The other 80% can experience hot flushes, night sweats, mood swings, low mood, muscle tension, joint pain, reduced libido and some more - varying from woman to woman - with significant physical and psychological consequences. And these symptoms may affect their overall wellbeing and productivity both in their personal and professional life.
Middle-aged women are the so-called “Sandwich generation”, squeezed between ageing parents who need help and care and teen-age or grown-up children who think they do not need their care anymore. The weight of responsibilities towards their parents juxtaposes a sense of uselessness, due to the loss of identity as carers of their offspring.
External age signs (increased body weight, wrinkles, loss of skin elasticity) carry with them emotional distress such a sense of feeling invisible and the awareness of not being able to trade on appearance anymore. It feels like the first step to an inevitable decline.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
If you are in menopause and are experiencing the symptoms and/or the psychological consequences related to mid-life changes, a coach can help you take care of your body and implement a wellbeing programme that includes exercising regularly.
Regular physical activity is crucial for both physical and mental wellbeing because it helps prevent weight gain, control menopausal symptoms such as hot flushes and insomnia, and works as a confidence and self-esteem boost when you achieve your fitness goals.
With the support and guidance of a coach you will also identify new wellness goals; get rid of bad habits (smoking, drinking); implement a new healthy lifestyle; build a positive mindset; identify the limiting beliefs that are stopping you from achieving your desired outcomes.
Menopause cannot be avoided but we can embrace the change without fear and make this time of our life as a time of pride and an occasion for growing and learning.