Going through menopause may cause changes to your body, but it also means a new phase in your life. US anthropologist Margaret Mead used to define it as a time of ‘physical and psychological surge of energy’.
If you’re struggling with several symptoms in the peri-menopause phase, know that you can navigate this transition with optimism and a renewed sense of purpose and once you get through that, it can be a big catalyst for change.
This is at least what I’ve learned attending one of those popular menopause cafés in and around London over a cup of tea and what research has found out. A feeling which has been also confirmed by several celebrities and well-being experts, and more recently, by makeup artist Ruby Hammer, 62, who shared the joy she’s found since menopause with Hello Magazine.
“It’s very good to have that taboo lifted so that we’re able to talk about menopause, but with that did come a cloud of negativity and depressing chatter,” Ruby says. “When I was going through menopause, it felt like every aspect of life was being painted as a downward slide, but I found that there are extremely positive aspects. Yes, some negatives might come with menopause, but look at the other bits you’ve gained and you will come through this. Menopause is just another chapter in life.”
From helping you reassess and re-evaluate everything in your lives, getting rid of what doesn’t work for you anymore, to the power of embracing challenges and navigating setbacks with more confidence, menopause may help you experience a positive midlife mental shift and a few changes that might improve your lives.
This means no more fussing with tampons or pads, no more worry about leakage, and no more menstrual cramping, hormonal headaches declines, too. And how about enjoying sex without having to think about a possible pregnancy? What’s more, if night sweats have been wreaking havoc with your sleep patterns, you’ll already be looking forward to a good night’s slumber when they finally subside.
Now, I don’t mean to minimize symptoms of menopause, but looking at this important phase of life with a positive approach may help.
According to the North American Menopause Society, “Menopause is a time of great change and it’s definitely a time of choice and should really be about finding out what you want. The attitude with which you embark upon this transition can have a tremendous impact on your experience of it, as well as on your choice of behaviours. Far from being the end of life, you may find menopause to be a new beginning, one that can be lived richly, fully, and in good overall health”.
While menopause may bring about some challenges, it also has a positive side that is often overlooked. It’s time to embrace this change in our lives by focusing on the benefits and opportunities it brings. Don’t let this transition prevent you from starting the next chapter of your life.