Are you ready?
Maybe not today.
Maybe not tomorrow.
But it’s coming.
Are you going to wait until it whacks you over the head or are you going to patiently wait and invite her in when she arrives?
A Letter to My Menopause
I’ve been expecting you.
I understand you’ll be with me for the next few years.
I know that this is likely to be disruptive for my life.
But I will do my best to listen to what it is that you need me to do.
Please be patient with me.
I’ve been so busy looking after everyone else and prioritising my work that I haven’t been taking care of myself very well.
I’ve put everyone and everything first.
But I’m ready now.
I understand that all the simple stuff like drinking water, lots of veggies, sleep and activity is important to a smooth transition, so I have started to make them a priority again.
I’m going to start taking up space in my life, not at the expense of others, but with an abundance mindset.
I’ve never tried yoga, but I understand that it’s great for balancing hormones. So I’m going to spend some time, finding a style that suits me so I can practice it regularly, so I am confident doing it at home if needs be.
I didn’t know that you can breathe badly, but I will also spend some time researching an quick 5 mins breathing technique that I can do anywhere, anytime to help me when/if I get stressed. I know stress can exasperate my symptoms.
I know there are some really important life lessons for me during the change. Helping me figure out what’s important to me and what’s not.
You are like a big life sieve that’s going to shake out the stuff that no longer serves me but that I’ve been holding onto for one reason or another
You are going to prepare me for getting older, by developing resilience and the ability to adapt when I need too.
I’m going to get comfortable with being uncomfortable. So I’ll be unapologetically formidable in my older years and not a grumpy old women
I’ll become really clear on what’s important to me, and how I want to live my life.
You’ll help me to deepen connections to others because I’ll need other people’s help and support to get through this. I’m dropping the superwoman attitude and gathering my tribe around me.
I’ll be humbled by the magnificence of what my body can do to physically take me through this next stage of life. I may also be humbled by what my body will do if I don’t take care of it well. Through the symptoms that will manifest.
P.S. I’m not really ready as I don’t know what exactly is coming (who does!), but I have confidence in myself that I will be as proactive where I can and also reactive when I need to be.