Have you ever felt like your hair is on fire? I have, and it’s a relief to know I’m not alone. Menopause can hit hard, affecting our minds, bodies, and relationships. But it’s not our fault, and it’s not a myth.
In this highly charged Daily Whisper, we explore the physical and emotional changes that come with menopause and how to embrace this transformation.
It’s time to challenge the stereotypes, empower ourselves, and share our journeys with other women.
Here’s a quick summary:
The Great Disruptor: Menopause has a way of sneaking up on us. It can creep in slowly or make a grand entrance. While some may escape its grasp, only a handful of women do so. In fact, a whopping 87% of us will experience some form of disruption due to menopause.
Navigating the Mental Maze: The real revelation here is that you're not going insane. Menopause can make you question everything – your identity, your relationships, your beliefs, and more. It's like shaking up a snow globe and watching everything swirl around. It's not a figment of your imagination; it's real, it's physical, and it's rooted in your brain.
Hormonal Upheaval: Estrogen and progesterone have their fingerprints all over our brains, among other places. When these hormones start fluctuating during perimenopause, it's a game-changer. Your thinking, feeling, focusing, remembering, and communicating abilities can all go for a wild ride.
Breaking Stereotypes: Society's portrayal of women in their 40s and beyond has often been unjust and stigmatizing, painting us as irrational and erratic. Just think of Edith Bunker from "All in the Family." We've had to endure such stereotypes for too long. Enough is enough!
Own Your Fire: So, if you feel like your hair is on fire, remember that it's not all in your head, and it's not your fault. You're going through a transformation, and it's called menopause – a hormonal reorganization, a fire within.
Take Charge of Your Journey!
Start by getting to know this "hair-on-fire" version of yourself. Accept her, admire her, and understand her. It's when we acknowledge and share our experiences that we can truly empower ourselves and others.
And remember, this transition could be the most empowering phase of your life. Menopause might not be happening to you but for you, for us women in our 40s and beyond, propelling us to step into our power.
So, my sister, if you feel like your hair is on fire, know that you're not alone. It's time to become acutely aware, compassionate, and empowered. And remember, I'm here with you every step of the way.
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Cara Bradley is an author, Mind-Body Teacher and MidLife & Menopause Performance Coach. She is the founder of Menopause Inc. providing workplace programming for high performing women.