No one ever wants to admit that they are in the menopause.
There is a fear associated with this inevitable passage that all women will have to go through in their life.
It is one passage that most women dread.
There was a fear that my was body turning on me, showing me that I was not in control of its secret inner workings, that I was no longer her friend, but had become her enemy. Debbie
And no wonder we feel that our body has turned against us.
Hot flushes, night sweats, fatigue, sleepless nights makes for a grumpy, frazzled, exhausted woman on the verge of a breakdown are all images that spring to mind when it comes to women's expectations of what can happen when they reach the menopause.
When the signs start appearing at the age of 40 (or even 35) some women do not realise that they are entering menopause.
I was feeling tired and lethargic and went to the doctor to test for iron levels. I was not ready to hear that I could have been entering the menopause. Kim
Women put pressure on themselves to be superwomen in all aspects of their life.
Let's face it; magazines are full of young, skinny women, fresh out of puberty for most of them. Try being 40 and emulating a 16 year old dolled up to look like a 25 year old.
Then we see pictures of the wonderful Meryl Streep looking great at 65! Of course she looks great. If I had the access to facials, lotions and potions and airbrushing I would look great also.
But I am digressing here.
By acknowledging and understanding that you may be entering the menopause phase can be a powerful catalyst to the new you.
You are now entering into your next chapter in life.
The official title of menopause is no menstrual flow for 12 months. This usually occurs around the age of 50.
But do not think that this is when you symptoms will start.
Your body will be making the menopause transition long before the age of 50 and this is where your symptoms start to surface.
As your eggs start to decrease, so too does the oestrogen and progesterone.
The result being that you may start to see some symptoms in your late 30's to early 40's you thought could only happen in your 50's.
Why the need to address fatigue may be a sign of menopause?
Once you acknowledge what is happening to your body, and accepted what is happening, you can make steps towards relieving the fatigue before other symptoms start to surface.
Fatigue is the most misunderstood symptom for a menopausal woman.
This usually occurs at a time when women feel that they should be at the top of their game.
Deadlines are not being met. Thought patterns may not be as sharp that they once were.
No matter how many hours sleep I get, I still wake up tired. The fatigue was the most troublesome complaint in the perimenopause years. Trudy
Fatigue will not be eased with more sleep. Fatigue is something that needs to be addressed on its own merits.
Ensuring a good nights rest will certainly help in relieving fatigue, but other measures need to be introduced.
This is where diet and lifestyle factors come into play. When I entered my own perimenopause phase I introduced many changes to my diet. My metabolism was no longer able to tolerate the foods that I enjoyed in my youth. Rather I found these a hindrance.
As a nurse and Naturopath, I went on my own journey of self discovery on foods to eat and what to avoid.
I suffered fatigue and could not find the answers I was looking for and this is why I created the site Menopause Whisperer.
I have created a FREE 5 Day plan to help women overcome not only fatigue in the menopause, but other symptoms such as hot flushes and night sweats.
I love hearing comments such as this one from women all over the world who have used my 5 Day Guide to help ease the symptoms associated with perimenopause and menopause.
Slept better last night and felt good this morning, which is odd for me. Most days, I hit the snooze and want to sleep for another 2 hrs. Got thru day 3 much better, afternoon headaches not as bad also.
What have you done to help ease fatigue? I would love to hear you thoughts on this article.
You can leave your comments below and I will answer everyone's questions.
Julie Dargan is a Nurse, Naturopath BHSc and has worked in the wellness industry for over 30 years. Julie's FREE 5 Day Kickstart Program is excellent to get you on the right track in your weight loss quest. Julie also has a private Facebook group for women over 50 and looking for solutions to halt weight gain in the menopause.
Julie has also written an eBook on how to Change Your Mindset & Manner of Living: Helping women achieve weight loss and energy gain! This is not another weight loss program, but a behind the scene of what makes a program successful. Before you start any weight loss program, this is the book to get you on track to weight loss success.