We agree with Laurie WJN that menopause is a good time to slow down a bit and be aware of all that’s good…hot flashes be damned! Read more from Laurie on her blog.
I am trying to have a good attitude about menopause, but I will admit – it is hard to do sometimes. Lately the struggles with hot flashes, weight gain and other symptoms have been incredibly frustrating. I am normally a very optimistic person, so I have decided to change my attitude and look for the good things about this wondrous ‘change’ in my life.
Menopause can be a big pain, but it can get you to stop and ‘pause’ for a moment.
Pause to reflect – This is the perfect time in your life to look back and see how far you have come, how much you have accomplished. In our busy, goal-driven society we sometimes forget to spend time looking back to see just how far we have come and like the Virginia Slims ad reminds us, “You’ve come a long way baby.”
Pause to improve – There is no better time to focus on you, to work on getting back in shape or looking for a better job. Menopause is a good reminder that you have to take care of yourself. Health issues like cancer and heart disease become much more prominent in post-menopausal women. Watching what you eat, getting back to the gym, or finding a better job with less stress become more important than ever.
Pause to change – Now, more than ever, is the time to end unhealthy relationships and habits. Menopause can be a wake-up call. Use this ‘change’ of life to inspire other healthy changes.
Pause to celebrate – When we are younger, we spend so much of our energy rushing around, trying to accomplish everything, this can be a good reminder to take some time to celebrate, time to just slow down and enjoy your life. All your hard work has gotten you here, so grab a glass of wine, sit in the back yard and just enjoy that beautiful sunset. You deserve it.
Pause to inspire – No one can do it alone, and we have all learned a great deal along the way, this is a wonderful time to begin to actively give back to those who are younger and less experienced. Take some time to use your hard-earned wisdom and mentor other women.
Pause to cleanse – After years of accumulating things, this is a great time to focus on getting rid of the clutter in your life. Maybe you can even downsize, letting go of the extra stress that a large home entails.
Pause to explore – Yes, this is the time to get serious about that bucket list. Travel, adventure, just go for it; there is no time like the present to go to new places and try new things, especially the slightly scary ones.
Menopause might be a big unwelcome reminder that you are getting older, but it can also be a great motivation, the choice is yours.