Transitioning Perimenopause with Ease & Grace

Perimenopause is a rollercoaster, many of us we don’t even know we are in it. We associate it with being old! Many women don’t even know what the symptoms!

In this blog I will define what it is, explain some of the symptoms and give you some simple tips to navigate perimenopause.

My Story

I´m sure my Perimenopause started in my mid 30´s, suddenly without warning I started to suffer from panic attacks. I was sitting at my desk at work and felt weird tingles in my fingers which got worse. I thought I was having an asthma attack and ended up in A&E. I was given some pills and told I was having a panic attack and told to go see my GP. My GP prescribed me anti-depressants (which I did not take) and recommended I have therapy. At no time did I connect that this sudden anxiety to my hormones and my doctor did not recommend any tests to look at my hormone levels.

It was not until I was in my early forties that I acknowledged my symptoms could actually be Perimenopause. Again, out of nowhere I was suddenly tired all the time and could not get up in the morning. I started to feel exhausted in the day and had terrible brain fog. I knew something was not right. I began researching hormones and Perimenopause taking specific supplements to support my hormones and introducing protocols based on what I was learning.

The definition of Perimenopause?

Perimenpause means before Menopause, it is basically defined as the years prior to Menopause. It can happen 10 to 15 years before Menopause (yes it can start at 35) The average age for Menopause is 51. Menopause means you have not had a bleed for 1 year. The time after Menopause is often referred to as Post Menopause.

What is happening to our hormones in Perimenopause?

Basically our hormones are fluctuating often wildly, Estrogen is going up and down (too much Estrogen is stimulating and when it is to low its effects amongst other things our sleep and periods). Progestrone the happy hormone gets harder to produce. On top of that Testersterone the hormone that gives us our get up and go and sex drive is also reducing.

Some of the symptoms are;

Night sweats or hot flushes, low mood, sleep issues, low energy and brain fog, digestive issues, mood swings, reduced libido, migraines, vertigo, achey joints (frozen shoulder is a common one) itchy and dry skin, sudden rage and worse PMT, feeling overwhelmed and just not your usual self.

The good news is this is not permanent, often when we hit menopause these crazy ups and downs balance out. Menopause is often referred to as the second spring a time when a women truly steps into her power.

Five things you can start to help to alleviate symptoms?

· Look at the stress in your life and find ways to reduce it. Stress is a huge player exacerbating our perimenopause symptoms. Our body is designed to cope with stress but when this becomes chronic it throws our hormones out of balance. Try integrating daily meditation or yoga into your routine even if for a 10 minutes a day.

· Get out in nature everyday and if you can exercise outside too this massively helps us to connect nature and instantly gives you a rich supply of oxygen. This boosts serotonin levels in the brain and improves mood.

· Essential oils help so much and I always have a roller or two on me to help with energy or brain fog or to just chill me out. When we breath in these powerful compounds they effect the limbic area of the brain and can within seconds change an emotional state. There are oils to uplift to calm and to help with sleep and more.

· Journal everyday and get what´s in your head out on paper and write three things you are grateful for everyday. This is such a simple but life changing practice. I try and do in the morning but if I have too much on I do before bed. Honestly it makes such a difference to your life.

·Diet & nutrition is key as we enter Perimenopause we cannot eat in the same way we did in our 20s and 30s we need to be more aware of what we are eating and drinking. I highly recommend supporting a healthy diet with supplements. I take the doTERRA Lifelong Vitality Pack they have changed my life and given me my energy back (plus there is 30 day money back guarantee)

Join Free Webinar learn more

Perimenopause is a massive transition and like all change we have to chose how we navigate it . If this is something you are experiencing join myself and Elizabeth a mindset coach, The Empowement Warrior, who is also embarking on this adventure. This Saturday 4th December for a Free webinar, as we explore how we can ride this wave with grace and ease.

If you would like to join the Webinar click here to register to reserve your spot by 6pm Friday.

If you would like to know more about hormones please join The hormone Tribe, a community I created where we share the highs and lows and impact of hormone imbalance on our lives. I have created a GUIDE on Perimenopause and am going LIVE daily this week to share some tips.

Thanks for reading my blog,

Kate x


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