Sometimes my body wants a cheeseburger. And because I love myself (most of the time), I feed that love with a fresh hot cheesy-B. When I was in my prime breeding years, my body wanted multiple chocolate milkshakes. Again, I was an enabler and visited the milk-bar regularly.
You see, your body talks to you. It lets you know when you are tired, when you are thirsty and when you need to turn off the stupid reality show that you are watching because you are killing off your brain cells by participating in such rubbish.
Your body can talk to you in helpful and unhelpful ways. If you do 100 squats, the following day your body will let you know about it. It can try and convince you that you need to eat the entire block of chocolate. It can trick you into staying on the couch all day when the sun is shining outside.
And as you reach your forties, you might notice other changes that occur as you hit perimenopause. This was once a taboo topic to discuss and women went through this period basically on their own. We didn’t know much about menopause back then, and your GP would often prescribe you medication and send you on your merry way.
The first signs that you might be entering perimenopause or menopause is that your cycle can change. Your period might become very heavy, or lighter. It can be longer, or shorter.1,2 It’s a bit mysterious! You can also get very sensitive to temperature and perhaps go through your first hot flush.1
As you get older, you may find that you are disagreeing with your body more often than not. But getting older does come with some humour and grace.
Getting older can be annoying and those hot flushes are a pain to deal with, but it is also a wonderful time to reflect on your achievements and let go of your hang-ups. Continue to listen to your body and allow yourself permission to have that glass of red wine, if you so desire.
Talk to your friends. My mates and I are constantly talking about feeling hot, we talk about our periods and our sore boobs. We talk about feeling blue at times, being irritable and short tempered. We do not have to go through these things alone anymore.
And that is a grand thing.
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1. The Royal Women's Hospital. The women's health book. (2014). 1st ed. Sydney: Random House Australia.
2. Jean Hailes for Women's Health. About Menopause. Available at https://jeanhailes.org.au/health-a-z/menopause/about-menopause. Accessed 04 July 2018.