7 Ways to Embrace a Positive Mindset During Menopause

Did the menopause drag you down?

It's a big transition and one that can be difficult to go through.

While maintaining a positive attitude during menopause can be difficult, it can really help you cope with the big life change and help you find menopause relief.

Here are seven ways to develop positive attitudes during menopause:

1. Find out about menopause.

It's hard to be positive about something you don't know a lot about. The first step in consciously changing your mindset is to learn about menopause and its consequences.

While your GP may be able to provide you with some information, they will not always be specifically trained regarding menopause. If you are in need of medical assistance, finding a certified gynecologist for menopause is likely your best bet.

There is also plenty of verified information online from trusted sources including MedlinePlus and the National Institute for Aging.

While you must carefully assess the veracity of the information on the internet, this is the most convenient way to find out about menopause.

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2. Find a support network.

Even menopausal women are often silent about it, as this issue of women's health is often viewed as a "taboo" subject that should not be discussed.

Hence, it can be difficult to find women who understand what you are going through. This is especially true if you are the first woman in your group of friends to actually go through menopause.

Find friends who are going through menopause in person and online and understand what stage of life you are in.

There are many forums devoted to menopause and your doctor may be able to connect you to some local support groups too. You may have to do a little research for it, but there is a support network for you!

3. Understand your personal experiences.

No two people go through menopause the same way. Your experience is individual and unique. One of the best ways to ease your menopause is to adjust to your symptoms and track what is triggering your hot flashes and other side effects.

You may want to keep a journal of your symptoms or otherwise keep track of them so you can look for patterns.

While it can be helpful to see people whose symptoms are similar to yours, remember that you are unique and that no one else is exactly your type.

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4. Take control of what you can.

One of the most stressful things about menopause is that something we often take for granted – our physical body – can really get out of hand. It's almost like going through puberty a second time, where you have no control over your hormone fluctuations and how they make you feel.

Understandably, this can be really hard to deal with! Instead, in this situation, focus on what you can control. For example, you can't magically get yourself to avoid hot flashes, but you can document your symptoms, identify your triggers, and try to avoid them.

If you suffer from vaginal dryness, you can use a vaginal moisturizer to help relieve the area. Even small changes can have a really big impact on how you feel physically and mentally during menopause.

5. Focus on the positive.

Many women find menopause a difficult transition and mourn the loss of their ability to have children.

However, many women also find it liberating to no longer have to deal with menstruation and to be able to have intimacy with their partner without fear of an unwanted pregnancy.

Instead of dwell on the negatives, try to focus on the positives and identify at least a few things that you might like about this new chapter in your life.

While menopause may seem endless, keep in mind that it will eventually end, so there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

6. Manage your stress.

One of the things that make your menopause worse – and make it harder to maintain a positive attitude – is stress.

Menopause itself is not only stressful, but menopause itself occurs at a stage in life when women have many professional responsibilities in addition to caring for their children and possibly looking after aging parents.

With all these demands on you, managing and controlling your stress has top priority. Try to identify your main stressors and see if there are ways to delegate or minimize them.

For example, if you get really stressed about weekly grocery shopping, you may be able to delegate this to your partner or one of your older children. Don't be afraid to ask for help if you need it!

Manage your stress

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7. Make self-care a priority.

Yes, self-care means going to the doctor and taking your vitamins, but that's not all.

Make sure you also make time for fun self-care activities, such as For example, go to the spa, read a book you love, and even take a nap.

These rest periods are very important to keep stress at bay and prevent menopausal symptoms. It's also important to remember that even when these activities aren't "productive" or "necessary", it is worth spending time doing. You deserve a break just like everyone else!

If you're struggling to stay positive during menopause, try one or more of these seven tips to see if they help.

Finding a support network really makes a world of difference, so we encourage you to find other women who are going through what you are!

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