Every woman knows she will be menopausal. However, it always happens when we are way to young to be menopausal and at not a very convenient time. As with many things in life that we do not choose, the only thing left is to choose our attitude towards the menopause and how we age. We can influence both of these through the way we live our lives. What are you choosing? What baggage are you taking with you and what can you leave behind you and make way for the new?


The peri-menopause can start in your 40s when hormone levels start to lower causing PMS type symptoms for some


Period Tracker

Take the time to find out your monthly cycle and what’s ‘normal’ for you.

What's changing?

This is a good time to start noticing your symptom’s and where they fall in your cycle.


Have a chat with your doctor. If they are not sympathetic find another doctor!


You may need to review your self care and look to the future for health and fitness needs


A number of menopausal symptoms are also medical conditions. Use your common sense and don’t self diagnose.

Your doctor will be able to give you advise specific to your medical and family history. ‘Natural’ products can interfere with conditions and medications. Camomile tea gives some people headaches!

Menopause Phases

The menopause is not a light switch that turns on and off. It happens in phases. It’s not called ‘the change’ for nothing.


Symptoms vary from person to person and your lifestyle can have an impact both good and bad


Your mood can be affected by lowering hormones, so use your common sense and speak to your doctor if it’s more than an off day


You may become more sensitive to stress and sugar which means your shape may change from hour glass to apple. Reducing stress levels is your #1 priority to changing your shape

‘Balance Your Hormones’

Is a phrase that you hear a lot, but what does it mean and what are your options?

Prescribed Medication

This can be HRT or bioidentical hormones. You can read more here

Supplements and Natural Remedies

This could be Naturopaths, Nutritionist, Energy healing and Acupuncture


Double down on basic self-care, lot’s of sleep, water, good nutritious foods, lots of movement at low intensity, manage stress


You are considered to be post-menopausal in the UK, when you have had 12 consecutive months without a period.

The average age is 51

Bone Health

Exercising and eating for bone health is a priority post-menopause to minimise osteoporosis.

Heart Health

Exercising and eating well for a healthy heart is a priority post-menopause.

Ageing with attitude

You are as young as you feel, so keep a youthful attitude. 50 is just half way there!


It is often easier to change your shape and increase your fitness levels post-menopause.

What can you do to improve your health and wellbeing at this time?

Double down

Go back to basics on self-care

Educate Yourself

on the menopause

Educate Yourself

on your menopause

Be Active

Be inefficient and move more


For health not calories

Eat Well

Find a diet that is healthy for you.

Reduce Stress

Reduce your waistline and menopause symptoms.

Manage Carbs

Monitor your carbs intake and how it affects you.

Samantha Valand is the founder of Wise Women Wellbeing Academy.

A comprehensive hub of resources on hormone balancing, healthy eating and exercising in your menopausal years and beyond.