Mental Health at Menopause – Tips For This Transitional Time

Mental Health at Menopause - Tips For This Transitional Time

With the recent focus on mental health in the media and a greater awareness of the menopause, we asked Yoga Teacher and Yoga Therapist for Mental Health, Anneliese Wells of Birchwood Yoga, to share some of her insights on both topics.

Mental health and the menopause are both subjects that are passions of mine, so it’s very natural for me to want to write about them here. In my business Birchwood Yoga, I support women to accomplish what has taken me a long time to work out; that putting yourself first, be that in your family, your business or with friends is the only way to take care of all things.

Often at the transitional time of menopause, women are at their most busy; running a business or working long hours, managing family life, coping with elderly parents; all of which is stressful. Making time for yourself is the most important thing you can do. Women are notoriously bad at this. We feel guilty if we step away from our family. We feel that we SHOULD be there for everybody else, but this is stressful and you run the risk of compassion fatigue. Yes, it’s a thing!

We all struggle to find enough time in our day for everything that needs to be done but by being organised, by putting ourselves first and making sure self-care is prioritised, we can show up for others.

However, it is often around the time of the menopause that many women experience one of the most common symptoms, increased anxiety. It is also true that if you have suffered from trauma and it is as yet unresolved, you are likely to find it rearing its ugly head at menopause.

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Self care is bigger than relaxing in a bath with a candle. Self care needs to be constant; a part of each and every day, no matter how small. Self care is what you do, what you put into your body and how you treat yourself mentally. ⠀ ⠀ A large part of my weekly self care is making sure I plan my meals so that I have a healthy, balanced diet. Every weekend I set aside time to browse my recipe books and come up with meals that are right for each day. Something quick for when I'm teaching in the evening. Making sure I have leftovers for lunch. I even consider what I might eat for breakfast each day.⠀ ⠀ So many women at midlife have told me they struggle to eat healthily while juggling family and work commitments and that they don't have time to think about it. ⠀ ⠀ As a chef, I love browsing recipes but you don't have to be like me! As part of the Relax Restore Revitalise Programme (that is all about improving self care), I help you come up with menus that can be repeated. So you don't have to think about food every week, you can even order your weekly shop online and save oodles of time to go and have that soak in the bath with some Epsom Salts like those from @360botanics, a scented candle such as rose and oud by @madebysophierose and listen to your favourite podcast! (I’ve been enjoying You’re Dead to Me on @bbcsounds)⠀ ⠀ Find more self care tips @whentheclockstrikesmidlife

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Doing something relaxing that allows you to switch off mentally and that calms your nervous system will benefit. Step away from technology for a time, literally.

Research shows that spending time in nature is fabulous for your mental well-being, so why not go for a brisk walk in the park or the countryside. Spending time with others, especially if they are understanding of what you are going through is extremely supportive. After all, a problem shared is a problem halved as they say. Find your tribe and regularly spend time with them.

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