In the Driver’s Seat: On Menopause

In the Driver’s Seat: On Menopause

The beautiful thing about being a human is the ability to change course. As women, there are several times in our lives when our bodies and minds change so dramatically that these transformations are not only a choice but the inevitable. 

Menopause is one of those times. A metamorphosis.

The medical definition of menopause is a singular moment, exactly 12 months after a women’s last period. 

The bafflement of an experience so universal is a byproduct of the menopause transition aka perimenopause (which according to the NIH, can last 7-14! years) before menopause and its natural cousin, postmenopause (all the time after that bookmark event).

Whether you arrive at menopause through time or surgically, the drops in estrogen and progesterone can lead to some puzzling symptoms such as dry, crawling skin, depression, mood swings, rage, sleeplessness, hot flashes, brain fog, heavy, sporadic periods, joint pain, frozen shoulder and dozens of other symptoms. Pass the wine. 

And while as women we have full plates of commitments, kids, older relatives and innumerable other loyalties, the menopause transition will force even the most type A of us to pull the E-break and focus our energy and attention on ourselves. 

Seeking out a specialist can be a game-changer

Unfortunately only 20% of physicians receive any kind of training on menopause in medical school and many of the courses covering the topic are electives.  Without proper guidance, the transition can be befuddling and finding a NAMS (North American Menopause Society) certified practitioner that can help guide and treat you through questions and symptoms can be incredibly helpful.

Prioritize Emotional and Mental Well-Being

While universal, there is a slightly isolating quality to the changes in your body and mind. Sharing your experiences with family, friends or support groups can help to alleviate the anxiety provoking and isolating “is this normal” feeling. 

Slow Down 

Tapping into yourself, whether through brief meditations, mindfulness practices, or low intensity exercise such as yoga or pilates can foster a deeper connection with your body without resistance or attachment to any one fleeting symptom. 

Move Your Body

Weight bearing exercises at this time are essential to maintain lean muscle mass and bone health. We love MWH for the quick meditations and low intensity exercises that you can fit in anytime and anywhere - no matter your level. 

Plus in the famous words of Elle Woods,

“Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people don’t kill their husbands. They just don’t.”

Sleep becomes a Non-Negosh

We’re big on sleep, obvi. It’s just so dang good for you always, but especially during menopause. Make the room nice and chilly (60-68°F), throw on your favorite A DOMANI,  establish a bedtime routine, and prioritize rest.

Make Lunch

Include foods rich in phytoestrogens, such as soy, flaxseeds, and legumes. These plant-based compounds may help alleviate some menopausal symptoms by supporting hormonal balance.

Break out that Stanley

Staying hydrated is essential to maintaining energy and proper digestion, and averting dry skin and headaches. Fill up those cups and scatter them all over your house and car so you don’t forget to sip throughout the day. 

A Sephora Trip with Your Tween

Menopause can wreck havoc to the skin - sensitivity, itchiness, dryness, elasticity, adult acne, oh my. You may just have to rehaul the whole routine. Your new martini is hydration - choose  moisturizers rich in peptides, hyaluronic acid, squalene, colloidal oatmeal, glycerine, oils. One product we love is CeraVe Skin Renewing Night Cream

And if you have that skin crawly feeling, A DOMANI sleepwear is made out of our proprietary soothing microtencel, providing immediate relief on contact. 

Treat Yourself

Women are constantly doing so much for everyone else. Often we may be pouring from an already empty cup. Here is a time where your body needs you the most, allow yourself moments to unwind and rejuvenate.