Once upon a time, a baby girl was born. This child was loved by her family but drove them crazy. She was precious and oh so sweet, yet yelled and cried a lot. The baby girl was extremely irritable when tired or sleepy, and she had to have undergarments changed often due to wetness. She didn’t have a long attention span and was easily distracted. Fast-forward to now, and find that this baby girl has grown through adulthood. She is now sitting at her desk or running errands and realizing that she is perimenopausal and experiencing many of those same symptoms that she had as a baby, plus lots more! Does this sound vaguely familiar?
In today’s society, we share almost everything we feel and think. Women are a lot more open currently versus back in the day, when they tended to be more private and secretive. There are pros and cons to sharing, but one good thing is that by doing so, you can reveal and learn helpful thoughts and tips. You realize that nothing is new, and if you are having an issue, someone else is probably having it as well.
The thrill of menopause has been featured in successful musicals, books, songs, and other products, so I do not portend that I have lots of new news to share. However, I do have my thoughts regarding some of the symptoms that are common to “the change,” and you may be able to relate. Of course, the events are different for everyone, yet the overall experience itself is common. During the course of a month, many women will undergo one or more of the “symptoms” or situations listed, so even if you are not yet (or if you no longer are) experiencing one of them, you know someone who is.
This project is to help us focus on those “symptoms” and mindfully deal with them so that we are in control and not being controlled by them. I like to start my day off with a short meditation to help motivate me and put me in the right frame of mind. I call the thoughts in this book “MENO-Vations” with the aim that they help to keep us focused and motivated regarding menopause and realize that this too shall pass.
Also included is beautiful artwork for reflection. Art is subjective, so what you see can be totally different from what your friend will see. The artist and I believe that reflecting on a good visual can provide a brief escape that often makes you feel better or at least makes things seem more grounded.
My suggestion is to read one MENO-Vation per day of the month or by topic that specifically relates to you at a given time. Reflect on the corresponding artwork, and let your mind wander to contemplate on how it relates to you or someone that you know.
Last, there is space for you to write down your reflections. Have you had a similar thought? How did you/do you/would you handle it? What does the artwork say to you, or how does it make you feel? What do you see?