Menopause & Brain Fog…
Arghh what a morning I’ve had!
Was just about to set off to teach my Topaz girls and couldn’t find my bloomin car keys.
“And no I don’t have a spare as I’ve lost them too”
I’m not a morning person as it is, so it doesn’t take much to stress me out ha
So as you can imagine there was a lot of cursing going on, even Tilly ran off and hid ha
Well after 30 minutes acting like a crazed woman and still not being able to find them I had to phone my girls who were waiting for me to start their class and tell them I couldn’t get there How stupid did I feel?
Thank goodness they’re an understanding bunch!
After taking some deep breaths and telling myself to calm down I eventually found them ha
Guess where though?
Mixed up in pile of washing!!!!
How they got there, I don’t know. Arghhh!
Do you ever do stupid stuff like that ?
I seem to be doing a lot of stuff like that at the mo as though my mind is some where else ha like I’m walking around in some sort of daze .
Hitting the start of the peri- menopause I seem to be getting even worse, if that even was possible ha
Not only am I suffering with brain fog but I’m also having to contend with irregular periods, moodiness, and that general overwhelming feeling of I can’t be arsed to do anything ha
Luckily I study the Menopause I understand why this is happening so I try not to stress too much.
As getting stressed can make things worse can’t it?
I mean if you understand why all this is happening to you, it can decrease the anxiety a little don’t you think?
I just want you to know that if you feel like you’re losing your mind at times you’re NOT, it’s totally normal and I’m going to tell you why :-)
*ALERT SCIENCY STUFF BELOW*
You see as we approach or go through the menopause our oestrogenand progesterone levels drop.
Oestrogen around in normal levels will help with the brains cognitive behaviour e.g. helping us to think straight as well as enhancing our mood, due to priming of the brains serotonin receptors.
Serotonin is our happy hormone and responsible for our feel good factor.
Progesterone around in normal levels acts as a natural anti-drepressant as well as an anti- anxiety hormone
Progesterone helps prime the dopamine receptors in the brain responsible for our get up and go in life, as well as gabba receptors that help us to remain calm and relaxed.
So now do you understand why we can feel like we can be losing our minds at times as we just don’t have the same levels of oestrogen and progesterone we once had to help us get through every day.
There’re actually some natural supplements I’m trialling at the mo to help boost the brains neuro transmitters so fingers crossed they’ll help, so I’ll keep you informed and if any good I’ll be including them in my my New Menopause Program launching January. Eeeeek
But in the meantime below are some of my TOP 5 Coping strategies to help:-
1.Take time out daily to be just by yourself even if its just 30 minutes.
Some where quiet, where you can just get your thoughts together, take deep breaths and relax.
I’d go loopy if I didn’t get any time on my own away from work and the pressures of every day life.
My 4 favourite ways of escaping are:-
.Sitting in quietness, closing my eyes and deep breathing while listening to all the sounds around me.
.Reading mindfulness books in bed
.Relaxing in a nice warm bubble bath listening to chilled out music while taking in nice deep breaths
.Long leisurely walks with Tilly
Try to avoid long periods of time in front of the tele, the first 30 minutes is ok but then after that it actually drains you both physically and mentally making you more lethargic than ever , even though you may feel relaxed at the time.
It’s so so important to take time out and breathe as not only does it help calm your mind but it also helps put things in perspective, especially as a menopausal woman are prone to depression, overwhelm and anxiety.
2. Talk about it
Wether it’s to your friends or a Doctor you must talk
The worst thing you can do is keep how you are feeling to yourself…
You’ll be surprised how many us are going through the same thing..
Opening up to some one and realising that you’re not alone in what you’re experiencing is a huge help, which is why in my New Menopause Program there will be a massive online support group :-)
Although exercise is the last thing you feel like doing when you’re drained ,it really will help.
Exercise is great for boosting our diminishing serotonin and dopamine levels.
I’ve felt so low and tired but once I’ve forced myself to exercise instead of moping about I’ve felt tons better.
I can’t believe how much it lifts my mood, clears my mind and energises me once completed.
I usually do a 20 min short burst of big intensity moves or go out walking :-)
So no matter how you feel get up and do something and I promise you will feel better!
Eat lot’s of protein, fresh vegetables and fruit and avoid too much starch and sugar!
Too much starch and sugar will play havoc with your insulin and blood sugar levels which in return will heighten any moodiness , energy slumps and tiredness even more. Arghhh def what we don’t need!!!
5. Supplement with Magnesium
The majority of us ladies are walking around daily with low levels of magnesium
So taking a daily dose of magnesium preferably at night can help :-)
Magnesium has been known to help reduce symptoms of the menopause such as insomnia, tissue dryness, mood swings, anxiety, irritability, energy levels and water-retention.
Not only that but magnesium can help sensitise us to insulin as during the menopause we can become resistant to insulin which is one of the reasons for the weight gain around the middle.
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So there you go my Top 5 Coping strategies as it stands at the mo.
I hope it’s helped you in some way… and you now know you aren’t losing your mind ha
If you’re interested in my New Menopause Program launching January 2018 and you’d like to be the first to know all about the info and introductory offers then please just click HERE
Karen “Off to check where my car keys are again” Austin xxxxxx