5 ways to Journey through Menopause with Positivity and Confidence
We don't even think about it normally. But it's amazing how much of a difference it can make if you take time to concentrate on your breathing. Perimenopause can be a time of rising anxiety and panic attacks in women who have never suffered with them before, And they are scary! If you ever feel yourself beginning to panic or start to feel anxiety overwhelm you, then simply focus on your breathing . Breathe in through your nose for three, hold for three and breathe out through your mouth for four – this will help stop the spiral.
Start to take notice of the things you see around you. The colour of the sky for example. Is it blue, grey, white, or a mixture? Look at the shape of the clouds - can you see any images in them? Is there an animal, or a face? How quickly are the clouds moving? Take a moment to appreciate the beauty in nature. Take a deep breath and be present in that moment.
Raise your awareness to what you can hear. Listen to the sound of the traffic going past. Listen to the birds tweeting. Listen to the chatter of the crowds. Are there any other noises apart from talking? The squeak of a bike wheel, a baby crying, the sound of laughter? The sound of the kettle as it comes to the boil. The noise of the television in the background. The giggles of the children playing upstairs. There are so many sounds happening all the time that we tend to just block out in the rush of our day. Close your eyes now - what can you hear?
Gratitude can make a huge difference to your wellbeing. In positive psychology, gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness.
Make a promise to yourself to think of three things each morning that you are grateful for. It can be ANYTHING. A cup of tea. The sunshine. Your family. Smiles. Your pet dog. Your health. Ice cream. Cuddles. ANYTHING. Gratefulness breeds positivity.
5: Mindful Moments
Finally, you need to PRACTISE all of the above. Everything takes practise, and mindfulness is no different. Grab "mindful moments" throughout the day. For example, making a coffee. Listen to the water in the kettle bubbling up, watch the steam rising into the air, smell the coffee, feel the heat as you wrap your hands around the mug. Close your eyes and breathe.
You don't need to set aside time to be mindful. Just BE MINDFUL any moment that you can. And it will become second nature. And by living mindfully it will naturally calm your anxiety - you'll be living in the moment rather than stressing about the future. And that will help to face perimenopause with confidence and positivity. Change your life!