I was raised in the midwest, where self-sufficiency, hard work & putting others first were qualities that everyone was encouraged to have. I admit that when I was first introduced to the idea of self-care, it seemed... selfish. But the more I learned about how beneficial self-care can be, and how it can actually make us more self-sufficient & better able to take care of the people around us, the more I realized I needed to start practicing it.
Severe stress, long-term, and ongoing stress can impact your brain, your body, & your microbiome, making the symptoms of menopause more severe & frequent.
The good news is that by practicing self-care, we can help keep stress at bay. Self-care starts with eating healthy food & exercising. I know it's not a "sexy" idea, but it's true. The healthier our bodies are, the better equipped we are to process stressful situations.
Self-care also means taking time to do something that lifts your mood and calms your anxieties. For me, that is hand sewing. I love creating a line of perfect, tiny stitches. Find the activity that makes you feel good, that gives you joy. You don’t have to be good at it! You just have to really enjoy it. And then you need to practice it daily. Stress is a daily occurrence in our lives, so it only makes sense that we rid ourselves of that stress daily. By doing so, you'll start to rewire your brain to be less inclined to anxiety, and more likely to engage in pleasant thoughts.
We'll be talking more about self-care & stress this month, so be sure to join Danielle & I on the MenoLife app.
Much love to all of you!