The changes, the highs and lows, and the hormonal shifts, there is power in that. – Michelle Obama
On the heels of World Menopause Month and World Menopause Day just last month, I find myself asking this question, where have we reached?
I’ve been ruminating on this for the past few weeks. Does society recognize and acknowledge our perimenopausal symptoms as real? Perhaps the more important question is, do we know what are our menopausal symptoms? Are we making a conscious effort to learn about our bodies? Are we making consistent logs about changes in our behaviour and bodies or do we put it off as being in a bad mood? Are we informing our close family members and friends of our feelings, both positive and negative? What about our boss or co-workers?
We often clamour for major changes without recognizing that we need to start somewhere and we need to start small. We need to start with ourselves. We need to start speaking out in our homes before we reach to the boardroom. We need to speak up more and risk the consequences of being accused of being overly sensitive and let people know how we really feel. As I mentioned in a previous blog, there are many online communities that you can join to help you deal with perimenopause and menopause. Educate yourself so you can educate others about it. And talk to someone, we were not meant to carry things alone.
What ONE small change can you make today?