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.
I’m gonna go out on a limb and say that I believe your mind has the power to affect your experience of your menopause (including your symptom severity).
Unless you’ve been under a rock for the last few years (and I wouldn’t blame you if you had) you’ve probably heard about the power of the imagination. When it comes to our immune system, our nervous system and our endocrine system (ok, ALL our systems actually) the imagination can have an impact(directly and indirectly).
Remember nothing happens in isolation in the body.
Don’t take my word for it, look at the science.
In a study done in 2004 by scientists at The Department of Biomedical Engineering at the Lerner Research Institute in Cleveland they found that by simply imagining repeating an exercise over and over again, you can an increase in muscle strength by 35% Ref: Pg: 77 ‘How Your Mind Heals Your Body’ by David R Hamilton.
"I'm stuck on the ceiling and I can't come down." Is the response that one of my clients gave me and boy can I empathise. That hyper aroused, hyper vigilant feeling that won't let you sleep, rest or have healthy relationships.
Truthfully, there's not been enough research done to make specific conclusions on the link between PTSD and menopause but taking an educated guess, I would bet my bottom dollar that generally speaking PTSD does make menopause worse. That's why I've just done a very important piece of content around it.
But, you know what, the most interesting thing is, PTSD doesn't have to be linked to natural disasters, or exposure to bombs or killings. Did you know that someone with chronic anxiety can end up with PTSD like symptoms too? Any kind of prolonged exposure to stress can cause PTSD, even PTSD itself makes PTSD worse. It's a vicious cycle.
So, having a bad experience with menopause, being body shamed and your moods not being taken...
Researchers from the Mayo Clinic have found a link between childhood trauma and severe menopause symptoms. I guess we knew it instinctively but it's nice to have the evidence to support. In this video join me as I walk through 7 things that you can do to help yourself if you've experienced trauma in the past which you think might be making your menopause worse.
Maybe you've tried the whole nutrition and lifestyle thing and it's helped to a degree, but you think there's something deeper going on.
Maybe you're aware that you're still holding onto some baggage of the past.
Maybe you're starting to see the link between stress and your meno health but you but you need a little extra insight.
If that's you, then try this video. Here's a quick highlight into what's going to be inside:
1) Why you shouldn't try doing this work alone.
2) Why movement is so powerful.
3) Why touch is so powerful.
4) The magic of theta brainwave states.
5) The healing power of play.
6) How curiosity downgrades fear.
One of my girlfriends told me the other day "honestly, I'd rather do some DIY than have sex with my partner." I wonder if you've ever had that feeling? As we get older, sex changes... it's not like it used to be... and that's ok. But it's important we address the issue because good sex has a multitude of health benefits which can actually make menopause easier.
If you're drawn to this:
Maybe you don't fancy your partner like you're used to.
Maybe you've lost your body confidence.
Maybe you find it hard to open up.
Maybe you're overthinking sex.
Maybe your libido has hit rock bottom.
In this training video we go through 3 mindset things (plus one practical thing) that we can do to help get things moving in the bedroom.
Sister you are not 'over the hill' and you have not 'missed the boat'! You are coming into the prime of your life! Ok, so there might be little inner work for you to do, but, honestly, it's going to be the making of you. Being single at peri menopause, can be tough! We are dealing with all sorts of internal changes and we feel very destabilised by it. And so the idea of a relationship to help stabilise us becomes very alluring.
If you're drawn to this:
Maybe you have a negative narrative going on about your relationship potential?
Maybe you feel that you're not desirable any more?
Maybe you're worried about sex because of vaginal dryness or perspiration?
Maybe the people you're meeting are not in line with your values anymore?
In this training video we go through 4 things that we can do to help get things moving in the relationship department! Enjoy!
Lockdown means there are no distractions!
So many of my clients are saying that they are 'meeting themselves' right there and they don't know what to do with their emotions. We, as a society are so used to, ingesting our emotions, repressing our emotions, over-reacting to our emotions, so what do we do when there's no where to turn from them. Watch this to get my 6 step emotional transmutation process which will help you build resilience so that you don't have to live in fear of negative emotions.