Menopause blog 4 lost your Mojo?
Well it’s not surprising… We’ve hit that age when our parents probably need more care and support, they are much older, frailer and more vulnerable. If you have children they will be stressing over GCSE’s, A levels, University, travelling the World, relationships, work, finances etc which impacts your purse and tests your metal and without doubt if you’re working, you will have a role of responsibility or will have continued pressure to improve, when you’re probably maxed out and knackared (from low quality sleep given the 5 hourly, hot flushes you experience during the night on a regular basis). To top all that off, your husband’s most likely going through a bit of a ‘mid-life crisis’ too. Apparently, men experience ‘hormone dips’ resulting in an ‘andropause’! https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/male-menopause/). He feels left out because you’re spending what little bit of ‘you time’ available training for your Triathlon much to his shock and or horror. It’s not a wonder you don’t feel very romantic when they do! This all puts strain on your relationships which manifests itself in raising your cortisol levels, hence you feel even more stressed further impacting your perimenopausal symptoms. You’re so busy you start forgetting things, you’re constantly tired and your partner and kids start complaining that you’re ‘narky’ and ‘menopausal’. Fact is you are, but it’s not a nice thing to hear in this tone. It’s an insult, an accusation not sympathetically understood but angrily insinuated that you ‘should do something about it’. Thing is, we want to!
The truth is, that during the menopause “Mojo wanes”
Fluctuating levels of oestrogen can make you cranky, edgy and even at risk for depression until brain chemistry stabilises after menopause. “Brain fog” can make it harder to concentrate and remember things, and sleep problems make you tired. However, Fellow age groupers; ‘Exercise is a known stress reliever and mood booster. Research has found that people who exercise are better able to deal with the ups and downs of aging, Serra said. “You feel better about yourself because you’re accomplishing what you can … and that makes you more able to deal with these other stressors, both physical and mental, in your life. (B. Snyder Berkowitz 2017) ”
What needs to happen is for our significant others to ‘back off’ and have a bit of empathy. Julie Dennis (https://juliedennis.net/) has written a useful resource book ‘The Hot Flush Freedom Challenge’ and the last chapter ‘the final word. Let’s hear it for the boys’ (p107 – 109) is written for your other halves and in the nicest possible way, explains what you’re going through, (the key symptoms of the peri-menopause) and makes suggestions on the types of support that you need through this phase of life; e.g.
Meg Matthew founder ‘MegsMenopause.com’ has added a vlog which shows her talking to her daughter about the menopause which she believes all women should do which is both informative and encourages empathy: https://megsmenopause.com/2019/03/31/motherhood-vlog/
What other practical things can we do then to get our mojo back? Well I reckon;
And if it’s persistent and long lasting,
Until next time, The Peri-Menopausal Triathlete x
Ps: Heads up this week on BBC Breakfast TV : BBC Breakfast To Focus On Menopause With Live DGRI Episode: https://www.dgwgo.com/entertainment/bbc-breakfast-dumfries-galloway-hospital/
Dennis. J ‘The hot flush Freedom challenge’ 2017 Practical inspiration Publishing
Neill. M ‘Feel Happy Now’ Hay house 2007
Peters. S The Chimp Paradox: The Mind Management Programme to Help You Achieve Success, Confidence and Happiness. Vermilion publishing 2012
Snyder Berkowitz. B ‘How menopause affects athletic women’ By The Washington Post Mon., Jan. 2, 2017 https://www.thestar.com/life/health_wellness/2017/01/02/how-menopause-affects-athletic-women.html 9.5.19