Be Empowered in Menopause!
posted: Jun. 22, 2021.
Since I am a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, focusing on the emotional and mental changes that menopause may cause and offering helpful coping ideas comes naturally to me. The changes caused by aging offer each woman a chance to make changes in her life that are positive and empowering. Since the symptoms of perimenopause can be felt as distressing, unnerving and unwelcomed, you are now called upon to pay very special attention to body and your triggers, something many women have not had the time or luxury of doing for years. By having some control of your social environment, physical environment, emotional reactions, and thinking, you will be able to take better care of yourself and feel less stressed about this transition. Even if the control in these areas feel limited, you can still make small changes that can yield big results.
First and foremost, identify what your beliefs are about menopause. Are your ideas about this change primarily negative? Did your own mother have you believe that menopause is a terrible and horrible time for all women? Or, did another maternal figure offer a different viewpoint. What viewpoint did a paternal figure in your life say to you about menopause? Was it ever talked about? What does our society say menopause is about, or your unique culture?
Reflect on your answers from the questions above and then ask yourself if those answers are 100% true. Perhaps you may be new to this transition and can’t comment yet on how the change affects your moods and body. If you have someone in your life that has gone through menopause, talk to them about it. Discover what you can from someone who has been through it. Every woman has similar symptoms but their own unique experience.
Lisa Youngblood, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner & Family Nurse Practitioner practicing in private practice in Florida. She sees adults of all ages online on a confidential video platform.