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Our society tells us that aging is the enemy, and encourages us to do everything we can to perpetually look like dewy, young or somethings. Lisa King, 56, a pharmacist who lives in Scottsdale, Arizona, used to calorie-count and hop on her scale constantly. Now, that is far lower thanks to pelvic floor physical therapy and diet changes like avoiding coffee, spicy foods, and alcohol. One exercise she particularly likes is called breathing. You start by breathing in for four counts, then hold your breath for seven counts, and breathe out for eight counts.
King is often asked by friends for tips on feeling great during menopause. Her answer: Focus on adding more healthy habits to your routine, but only change one habit at a time. And do things that bring you joy. I love reading inspirational books and having that time to myself as part of my self-care and wellness routine.
Ultimately, King believes this stage of life is full of possibilities. Michelle Gamble, 55, is a little over a year into menopause and says the life phase—and all of the unexpected changes in her body—has been challenging. However, it gave me an opportunity to work on my nutrition and eating habits. In the past year, Gamble cut out processed fare and eats only fresh foods free of additives and preservatives. For Gamble, this phase of life has brought some positive things too.
It frustrates Gamble that menopause gets a bad rap. It comes to us all. Stephanie Glover , 58, is a lifestyle blogger based in Fayetteville, North Carolina, who went through menopause in her mids. I could easily tackle 13 miles. I was very proud of how I felt, knowing that I was caring for my body inwardly and outwardly. Shopping was enjoyable, and it was fun to know my size and how to shop for flattering clothes.
I walked into menopause without realizing what was happening. Interestingly enough, it made me focus less on the experience. Glover says that her body has changed through menopause. My body image has always been positive—even now. Glover says that she still loves the ways she looks.
This unhealthy narrative must change—not our beautiful, aging bodies. Glover encourages women to talk to their healthcare providers about the menopausal experience early and to connect with other women who are going through menopause once it starts. Most importantly, push back on the stereotypes and misinformation.
Knowledge is power, and we must pass the truth about menopause to the next generation. Lynette Sheppard, 66, the creator of the Menopause Goddess Blog , spent five years in perimenopause, from age 45 until she turned I grew breasts. It was a shock, and for the first time I understood my well-endowed friends complaining that their breasts got in the way. She tried every popular diet to try to get back down to her pre-menopausal weight. Over the years, Sheppard has adjusted to her new voluptuous figure and has come to feel confident in her skin. Sheppard feels that this time of life is glorious because of the freedom that comes with it.
The way I see it, we are lucky that menopause is such a clear change. It helps us to stop and take stock of where we are—and where we wish to go. Instead of referring to menopause in black-and-white terms, Sheppard wishes we could acknowledge that this phase is layered—and different for every woman. We need to acknowledge that it often starts as a difficult transition but that it is normal and temporary. Sheppard also wants women to realize that after the worst is over, you can do anything you put your mind to.
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