Overcoming Fear of Happiness

 

I want you to be happy.  Really happy.  I want you to be able to harbour so much love, joy, freedom and happiness.

But can you?

Do you really want it?

You might be thinking, what a stupid question!  Of course I want happiness.  Doesn't everyone?

And the answer to that might surprise you. 

In today's episode of the menopause mindset podcast we discuss something called Cherophobia or fear of happiness.

We look at how it shows up, why it's in your life, what you can do about it and the consequences of not dealing with it for you and your menopause transition. 

So if you're ready to improve your mental and emotional wellbeing, then this episode is your you.

Links:
Learn more about The Sleep Super Power Academy
Watch How to Make Sleep Your Super Power
Brene Brown on Joy with Oprah Winfrey

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Childlessness, The Conversation with Jody Day

 

Childlessness can be a black cloud for people approaching menopause and you'll notice it has been missing from this podcast.  There's a reason for that.   It's because, up until now, I had no idea how to talk about it (and I'm childless!)  So can you imagine how people WITH children must feel? 

We skirt around the edges or worse still unconsciously insult and shame childless people with 'bingos' like 'oh well, you could always adopt'.  

Not many of us have the vocabulary to talk about childlessness empathetically, because we have been marinaded in something called Pronatalism (which you will learn about in today's episode). 

Jody Day is an insightful philosopher and the founder of Gateway Women, a global community of over 2 million, supporting involuntary childless women through their grief.  

In this episode we cover:

Being childless at Christmas
Childlessness and childfree as a...

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How to Have More Energy

 

I was hanging by a thread, like a piece of over rip fruit about to fall from the tree and go splat on the floor.  Heavy and lethargic.  No energy to lift a finger let alone think about what to cook for dinner. 

Energy is a precious resource, but the good news is, it's renewable, unlike time.  Once time is gone, it's gone, you can't get it back but energy can be renewed.  All we have to do is plug back in. 

But how?

This episode of The Menopause Mindset Podcast is a demonstration of how that is possible.... literally. 

The entire episode was improvised from start to finish, not because I was lazy and didn't want to write any notes, but because I've been able to generate so much energy over the last couple of days, my mind was clear and my heart was full. 

Since a friend pulled me up on my waining energy levels, I've been making a concerted effort to problem solve this issue and I'm delighted to bring you my musings. 

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How to Ease and Manage Joint Pain

 

Are you creaking like a haunted house every time you get up from the sofa?  Moving around like you’re 101 is no fun (especially when you’re only 45)! 

Joint pain & stiffness is one of the lesser known symptoms of peri menopause. 

This is for you if: 

You’re approaching mid life and your joints are aching more than normal.  You’re unaware that joint pain and stiffness is a symptom of peri menopause.  You’re worried about joint pain and stiffness and wondering what you can do about it.   You’re interested in the underlying emotional reason for joint stiffness. 

In this episode we go through 7 things we can do to help. 

We discuss: 

physiotherapy, the pros and cons. 
what type of movement you need to be doing 
nutrition 
supplements 
the underlying emotion imbalance and 
we discuss an interesting experiment which highlights how unconscious...

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Self Betrayal: What is it and how can we begin to heal from it?

 

This is for you if you would like to start making yourself a priority

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How to Have A Happier Menopause

 

Join me as I take you through my SIX things that can make menopause symptoms worse and of course I explain what you can do to have a better time of it. 💕

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Understanding Menopausal Rage

 
Let's talk about one of the lesser known symptoms of menopause/midlife - RAGE 🤬
 
Maybe your life on the outside is hunky dory but every now and again (probably more than you'd like), you become possessed by an anger that you've never experienced before.
 
There's an explosion, just like a volcano and some of the people around you are getting a bit scared.
 
You're doing all the right things... you're eating well, trying to sort your sleep out and you're exercising, but nothing can keep a lid on this anger.
 
Maybe your hormones are fluctuating or maybe all your shit feels like it's coming to the surface.... fear not.... I have some answers.
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Gaining More Confidence at Midlife

 

During the menopause and midlife transition we experience a lot of change which can really knock our confidence.  In this video we discuss some strategies to help you gain more confidence.  

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How Menopause Affects Your Mental Health

 

Are you in your 40’s or early 50’s and feel like you’re going a bit mad sometimes?  You’re not alone.  It could be the onset of peri menopause.  The effect of menopause usually starts in the brain not in the reproductive organs and, as a result, massively impacts our mental health.    If you’ve been diagnosed with anxiety disorder it could actually be a symptom of peri menopause.  If you want to learn more and also find out how you can help, please watch my video it’s 29 mins.

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The Placebo Effect: How to Positively Affect Your Menopause

 
"It’s all in your mind". That’s what was previously thought about the placebo effect, but according to much research, we know that’s not true.
 
There are real molecular changes that happen in the brain and body when someone is given a placebo.   
 
What we’re really talking about here is the power of 'expectation', and the chemical changes that happen in the body as a result of a positive or negative expectation that we have about a drug or a complementary therapy.  It's actually flipping amazing.
 
The question is then, can we tap into expectation, belief and conditioning to help us have a better menopause experience?
 
I think we can.
 
I don’t have all the answers, but I do have some suggestions. 
 
If you’re curious like me and believe that the power to positively affect our health is in our hands, you might like this video.
 
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