My mom often talked to us, three sisters, about her early onset of menopause, in her early 40's. Usually linked with feeling of guilt from us because we had no idea what she talked about. We so couldn't relate somehow. It was for old women, we thought :)
Fast forward to about 2 years ago, I completely understand why. No one can possibly imagine what menopause is, feels like, until it is experienced first hand, in your own body. And I wish, I truly wish that I would be wiser and prepare myself somehow more to manage this transition in my life, because frankly, sometimes it feels like a living hell ( hello summer!).
I am 49 this August and about 2-3 years ago I started experiencing perimenopausal symptoms. Skipped periods, hot flashes and general feeling of " not being quite like myself ". Come to think of it, I was on the work project in Seychelles and got married that year - when I first noticed these symptoms, however I did not know it was perimenopause.
To be honest, it took me some time to get on the board and fully honour this really complex process within my own body, my life. I, with all that wellness and healing knowledge and experiences, had no idea what is going on in my own body. Somehow, I trusted body intelligence to take care of it, to manage it, to know what is needed and ask for it ... yet, that required listening :) And I was too busy doing other things, resisting to what was so obvious - I was in major life transition as a woman. I recognised that I better start paying attention and start understanding process I was in.
I think it took me so long to see the obvious because living the health conscious lifestyle throughout my entire life, I was " sure " I knew what I was doing. Naaah. Nothing that worked well before worked now. Food, practices, lifestyle. A complete makeover was needed including skincare I was using ( skin and hair elasticity greatly changes) food I was eating ( plant based vegan to eggs/fish vegetarian) and even supplements I was taking ( as resistant I was, taking right supplements have completely changed the perimenopause process)
Day by day, I am now approaching this beautiful transition as discovering completely new me. New ways for self love and acceptance. And you know what? I am falling in love with myself all over again.
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