There are many challenges to the symptoms that come with menopause. From hot flashes to weight gain, to memory loss, it’s hard to say what the most difficult. Any transition you face in life is challenging. As a woman, there is maybe none that are as difficult as dealing with menopause.
The start of this journey marks the beginning of a huge shift physically and emotionally. This can leave a lot of women disoriented and feeling like they have lost a part of themselves. This doesn’t need to be the case. Don’t let the symptoms you are experiencing replace your identity. Instead, take ahold of who you are and embrace these changes with confidence.
How to Move Forward Feeling Yourself
Believe in Yourself
This might be the most important aspect of staying true to your identity. Keep realistic knowledge of yourself, and don’t allow yourself to call those things into question. Self-belief is something that comes from within. Developing self-belief is necessary to building a strong sense of self because it gives the confidence necessary to overcome hardships and the changes that come with menopause. You don’t have to change who you are because you’re experiencing menopause. This season is a part of your journey. Remember, when you are getting the care you need, the years of experiencing menopause can be some of the best of your life.
With weight gain and mood swings, it can be hard to accept yourself. Don’t look for value where it doesn’t belong. You are enough as you are, even with all the changes you are experiencing. Self-acceptance isn’t about being perfect but rather knows that imperfection is a part of being human. Change doesn’t always have to be a bad thing. When you can accept the changes that you are experiencing during menopause, it can lead to a higher sense of self-esteem and help you to become more comfortable with your body.
It may be hard at first, but it must be done. Be honest about where you are at mentally and the toll that menopause is taking on you. When you are honest with your friends, family, or others in your life, you are allowing an opportunity for those people to help remind you of who you are and support you. Too many women cover up their menopause symptoms out of comfortability or embarrassment. However, when women in menopause are honest about the things they are experiencing, often they find others facing the same changes. Through being honest and communicating your needs, you will build up your sense of self-acceptance and self-worth through investing in what is important to you.
Have Good Sleep Hygiene
Many things in life are improved when you are getting the rest that you need, and menopause is one of them. Night sweats and hot flashes can make it hard to sleep. When this happens, itis easy to become confused and disoriented. Find a method that works for you to help you sleep so that you. This could look like exercising more, changing the amount of caffeine you have during the day, or changing your night-time routine. Invest in the time that it takes to work out a method that works best for you.
Menopause is an inevitable, normal part of being a woman. These are years of your life that you can either fight against and struggle with or embrace and grow from. You don’t have to let the symptoms you have define you or dictate your day to day routine. Keep doing the things you love, keep loving the relationships in your life and most importantly continue to love yourself for who you are! If you are struggling with your identity since experiencing menopause, know that you are not alone and reach out for support. Practice habits that will help you lead a healthy life and get plugged into a community of other women in the same season of life.