You may be wondering, how a positive mindset in menopause is going to help you. During menopause and peri-menopause, the 7 to 10 years before menopause, it’s important to recognize that many challenges will challenge your mindset.
If you are looking to improve your health during this time in your life, your mindset cannot be ignored. One definition of mindset: it is a person’s way of thinking and their opinions.
When it comes to peri-menopause, many women think of it as entering the end of the reproductive years and the beginning of a host of unpleasant symptoms. In part, this is true. But how you view this time can also be a positive experience. It is a period in your life where you can take time for yourself, reflect on all that you have learned, decide who you want to spend time with, redefine your purpose, and rekindle female friendships which can serve as support if you’re struggling in some way.
Some women are looking to improve their physical and mental well-being as they age. However, one big step you may choose to ignore or not address is your mindset. When you decide you want to change something or improve an aspect of your life, you can search and find plenty of information. Perhaps you even upload a calendar and enter the steps you need to take or goals you need to reach each day, week, and month. There is nothing wrong with this unless you’re not tapping into your mindset. With a negative mindset, you may still reach your goals but in the end, go back to your old ways. We all know this feeling.
If your mindset is not where you would like it, the good news is that you can engage in thought exercises and activities to develop a better mindset. Just because you think one way, it doesn’t mean you can’t change. Like many things, it is work to improve your mindset. But it is worth it especially during peri-menopause when you can be experiencing a lot of negative physical and emotional symptoms.
Menopause, Hormonal Changes, and Mindset
Changes in your hormones during peri-menopause and menopause can impact your mental health as well as your physical health. Getting a handle on your thoughts and state of being is important before you embark on yet another goal you may not reach. Remember to start small with your habit change Three Ways to Make Positive Habit Change in Menopause. This was key for me to keep setting small goals, reaching them (for the most part), and ultimately attaining bigger goals!
Experiencing feelings of anxiety, stress, depression and at times, rage, during these years are not uncommon. Brain fog is another common symptom of peri-menopause. Women report forgetfulness, and difficulty retaining information and say that their brains feel like ‘cotton wool’. These symptoms appear and increase during peri-menopause. Fortunately, these symptoms dissipate over time especially if you take care of yourself through positive choices that will become your overall lifestyle with a positive mindset.
Steps You Can Take Today for a Positive Mindset
- Love and accept you. No surprise here that everything starts with you. You cannot hate yourself if you want to grow and create a positive mindset. Pay attention to how you talk to yourself. Old way: Shaming yourself for small mistakes and not being perfect.
- Challenge your thoughts. When your default is to think about the past or worry about the future, it’s time to challenge this way of thinking. I recently really pushed myself to practice this more. I am not going to lie. I was amazed that it really does work to create a better mindset. Old way: Accepting how you think as just who you are.
- Meet basic needs. Make sure your basic needs are met. Explore your sleep patterns and relationship with alcohol. Take time daily to consume a whole-food diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and protein and lower in sugar and simple carbohydrates. Move in some way every day. Do things you enjoy in nature to stay grounded. Old way: Taking care of others and being too tired to make healthy choices for you.
- Get support. No matter what you are dealing with, there is help out there. There are other people sharing struggles like you. You can help others as you help yourself especially creating a positive mindset during peri-menopause. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) or Coaching may be an option if you need accountability and additional support – check out my link for more information: Work with Me. Old way: Believing you have to do everything on your own.
- Regular checkups. Regular doctor appointments to talk about how you are feeling, get necessary bloodwork, and discuss supplements, medications, and/or hormone replacement therapy (HRT) as options. No one knows how you feel except you. Old way: Skipping or failing to make appointments for you.
Positive Mindset Drives Positive Results
Don’t get weighed down by worry and anxiety. Follow the steps above as you challenge yourself to create a positive mindset during hormonal changes. As you work towards your health goals, you need to check on the thoughts floating around in your mind. It’s important to remember that your thoughts create your feelings. Ultimately, how you feel drives your actions.
You can either be proud of your actions or recognize that change needs to happen. A positive mindset is where lasting results occur. This is something you may need to explore deeper either on your own, with a friend, or professional. You have one life. Slowing down is a perfect place to start as you finally listen to what you need.
I’m a registered nurse for over 24 years with a Masters Degree in Nursing (Education). I am also a Certified Women’s Health Coach specializing in helping women navigate changing hormones in their 30s and beyond after my own difficult experience through menopause. I believe women should truly thrive in midlife and not just survive!