I’m glad that menopause is being talked about so much at the moment. At last there’s some great advice out there about menopause, what to expect, and how to tackle menopause symptoms. In this post, I’m looking at how hypnotherapy can help alleviate symptoms as well as support you into the next exciting chapter of your life.
What is menopause?
All women will experience menopause. Simply put menopause is when your periods stop due to lower hormone levels. Peri-menopause happens in the years leading up to that. Menopause usually happens between the ages of 45 and 55. It can sometimes happen earlier naturally or for reasons such as surgery, cancer treatments or a genetic reason. Sometimes the reason is unknown.
What impact can menopause have?
It sounds simple but I’ve read that there are an estimated 62 different menopause symptoms! The symptoms are wide-ranging and affect mental as well as physical health. It can be difficult to know what’s down to menopause and what isn’t. Some common symptoms of peri-menopause and menopause are listed below.
Not surprisingly menopause can have a big impact on daily life, including relationships, social life, family life, and work. It can feel different for everyone. You may have several symptoms or none. Symptoms can last for months or years and can change with time. Due to past reluctance to talk about menopause many women are unprepared for what they are going through.
In addition, menopause can also coincide with major life changes such as children leaving home, caring for elderly parents, retirement, or ill health. At a time of such upheaval, it’s not surprising menopause can seriously affect women’s physical and mental well-being and quality of life.
How can hypnotherapy help with menopause?
Hypnotherapy is a deeply relaxing, natural therapy that works with the unconscious mind to positively change thoughts, feelings, and behaviour. It utilises the mind-body connection to bring relief, change perception, and re-frame thinking as well as teaching tools to manage symptoms on an ongoing basis.
Hypnotherapy can help you to:
- Calm anxiety
- Lift a low mood or balance mood swings
- Reduce the severity of hot flushes
- Encourage better sleep
- Increase motivation for healthy lifestyle changes such as healthy eating, weight loss, and exercise
- Boost confidence and self-esteem
- Relieve stress and increase resilience to change
- Manage fatigue, pain, and foggy brain
- Encourage a positive mindset
There can be a great deal of overlap with symptoms and you may find that simply tackling your levels of stress will help to alleviate other issues such as poor sleep. Or reducing the severity of hot flushes may help your confidence and self-esteem. Importantly hypnotherapy should be tailored specifically to your situation and needs for maximum benefit.
In addition hypnotherapy can help you to navigate the other major life changes that may be happening at the same time. It can help you to process your emotions, build your resilience and manage adjustments positively.
Menopause – a new beginning!
This time of life isn’t called ‘the change’ for nothing and it can be an opportunity to evaluate what it is you want to happen next. As well as helping you to manage your menopause symptoms, hypnotherapy can support you as you make plans for your future. It can help give you clarity, set goals and motivate you to achieve them so that you can move ahead with the next phase of your life feeling confident and energised. I think Oprah puts it perfectly:
“So many women I’ve talked to see menopause as an ending. But I’ve discovered this is your moment to reinvent yourself after years of focusing on the needs of everyone else. It’s your opportunity to get clear about what matters to you and then to pursue that with all of your energy, time, and talent.” — Oprah Winfrey.
- There’s no such thing as a ‘typical’ menopause – we’re all different and we’ll all have a different experience. You are unique so don’t compare yourself to others.
- You’re not alone – there are millions of women going through the same thing right now and more and more are speaking out about it. Seek out help if you need it.
- There’s lots of advice, help and support available – I’ve listed some resources below.
- This time of life can also be an opportunity.
Please get in touch if you’d like to find out how hypnotherapy can help you.
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