Preparing for Menopause

The desire to prepare for menopause earlier is increasing as women become more aware of it. These are some ways to prepare and a few reasons it may be a good idea for you to start thinking about menopause right away.

Why learn about menopause during your 20s, 30s, and 40s?

There are many compelling reasons to think about menopause sooner in your life.

First, menopause is something that affects all women. It is possible that your aunts, cousins, coworkers, and friends are going through it. It is possible that you are seeing women around you having a harder time. You can offer support and understanding to those around you by learning a little bit about menopause.

Your boss may be experiencing menopause. If she is suffering, chances are that you are also suffering. Women are working longer hours, this means that there are more women who are menopausal at work. Although this is great news for both employers and employees, it can make managing career and menopause difficult. Work can be made more difficult by common symptoms of menopause, such as anxiety or forgetfulness. Your manager's health is likely to be affected. It might be worth taking a moment to understand menopause so you can come up with ways to make your work life easier. You might even be brave enough talk to your partner about menopause.

The best way to cope with menopause is to be mentally and physically prepared. You won't be surprised if it happens.

Physically prepare for menopause

You can start a few good habits earlier in your life to make it easier to manage menopause. It takes time for good habits to develop so it is best to get started early. You might consider these lifestyle changes:

  • Healthy eating habits - You won't need to make drastic changes later if you start eating well. For maintaining good health and preventing chronic disease, nutrition is essential. To learn more about staying healthy, take a look at our Nutrition during menopause article.
  • Strength training is important for women who are preparing to enter menopause. Estrogen helps make bones stronger. You are at increased risk for osteoporosis if your estrogen levels drop during menopause. You can reduce your risk by starting menopause with strong bones and muscles, and continuing strength training to prioritise this.
  • Getting enough sleep It is important for your health and well-being. It allows the body and mind to rest and recover. Knowing what you need to get good sleep will help you prepare for menopause. Understanding your sleep habits can help you notice changes in menopause more quickly. Keep your bedroom cool and dark.
  • Stress can be a problem. Learn how to manage it. Uncharacteristic anxiety and stress can be triggered by the fluctuations in hormones during menopause. These feelings can seem completely out of place. Learn how to manage stress while you're young. Find out what works best for you, whether it's reading, yoga, or exercise. It will pay off in the long-term.

Mentally prepare for menopause

Many women experience mental health issues during menopause. Do not be embarrassed to seek the help that you need to feel better. It can be difficult to connect some of the mental symptoms that women experience during menopause (depression and anxiety, etc.) with hormonal changes. Understanding menopause before hormone changes occur will help you recognise mood changes in yourself. Here are some ways to prepare.

  • Asking your family memeber about menopause is the best way to find out what's in store. They will share their personal experience and be open about it.  
  • Talking about your feelings - It can be difficult to discuss changes in our moods. It won't be so difficult to talk to others about your feelings and thoughts during menopause if you are able to learn to communicate with them beforehand.  
  • Seek to learn and understand the different options you have for managing menopause. Information is power.
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), mindfulness, and cognitive-behavioral therapy (MBT) are becoming more popular. It might be beneficial to learn more about these techniques earlier in your life.
  • Maintain your social life. Having friends and family to help you through menopause is a great idea. Our social and emotional health is often overlooked. Make sure you stay in touch with your female friends, or men, to ensure that you feel supported.
  • Consider new hobbies that you might be interested in. You may not have the time or desire to pursue them right now, but it's worth keeping a list. Women who are going through menopause say that learning new hobbies or new skills helps them stay active. It's also fun. Think about the future.

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