Create a Support System as You Navigate Menopause
Menopause… Why should I care if I have a support system or not? Well, when we enter a new phase of our life, or our business/professional life for that matter, there can be days when we feel like we’ve just been just dumped into the deep end of the pool; and a HOT one at that! Personally, and professionally, I have found that one of the most important things we can do for ourselves, at times like this, is to have a super-strong support system in place before we need it… Or at least have an idea of what a support system might look like!
Self Care for Life and Menopause
Self care can look like different things to each of us. For some it might mean finally taking that class, vacation or hike you have been talking about for the past year. For others, it might look like finding a like-minded group of people, passionate about the very thing that lights up your soul. For a woman in the throes of menopausal symptoms, it may be about opening up to friends rather than suffering in silence. For a busy mom, it might be five minutes of peace and quiet while sitting on the edge on the tub with the door closed… And locked!
Whether life or menopause, the strategies for self care are the same, and often involve reaching outside our comfort zone.
Top 10 Self Care Litmus Tests – You Know It’s Self Care When…
- It makes you want to smile just thinking about it
- It feels “kind of selfish”
- It invites you to set a new boundary
- It involves asking for something from others
- It feels a little like riding a two-wheeler for the first time
- You feel more alive having done it
- It is fun and playful
- It has you feeling supported, lightened or buoyed up
- You can feel your shoulders relax when you imagine it
- It feels right for YOU!
Any time you feel the need for self care and support you are invited to visit the Resources Page of our site. Here you will find an ever-growing pool of books, local treasures and online resources for you to lean into and explore. Have ideas? Let me know!
~ Carole Cook, MD