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Roadblocks to Self-care and Why it's a Must in Perimenopause

Okay, so long story short when we are entering our perimenopause journey, we enter into metabolic turbulence, which can last for some women up to 10 years.

It can leave you literally feeling jet lag 24/7.

It can leave us going, I just don't feel quite right.

And I don't seem to have the energy or the motivation to do anything about it.

This is common in this perimenopause transition when our mind and body become overwhelmed.

Going through declining hormones and hormone surges is one thing.

But if we have other things going on AKA stress, kids, jobs, partners, family, health, money, mental state, world state! then you got a whole lot of overwhelmed girl-friend.

What's the answer?

There are a few, I will give you my 2 cents worth as a practitioner and a woman of 50 years old.

  • We have become disconnected from ourselves and unable to hear what we need.

  • We have ignored our cyclic rhythms and just pushed through

  • We have glorified busy and use this as a roadblock around our own self-care.

  • We have put everyone else's needs first

Common roadblocks to self-care

  • I am too busy

  • I don't have any money

  • I don't have any support

  • I don't have the energy

  • I don't know where to start

  • What is the point

  • I have too many other people to look after

  • I am not worth it.

Busting your roadblocks

  • Write them down.

  • Ask yourself if they serve you anymore ( usually the answer is no)

  • Ask yourself what you need in order to let your roadblocks go

  • Make a plan, and come up with some solutions to your stubborn roadblocks so you can move around them.

Some helpful tips

  • Phone a friend (let them know what is going on )

  • Start very small

  • Make a plan and make it achievable.

  • Get some support

  • Get out of your mind and into your body.

Some of my favorite self-care moments

Somatic movement:

Gets us out of the head and into the body.

Yoga, qigong, dancing, singing, chanting, breathing, tapping, shaking.

You can do 1 minute in the morning, even in the shower if your roadblock is time.

Moon bathing and nature:

Reconnect to nature and draw energy from this.

So important to feel grounded and connected to your cyclic rhythms.

Bodywork: ah feels so good, helps to regulate the nervous system.

Daily practice/ritual This could be 5 minutes a day or 55 mins a day, do what works for you.

Hang out with other women who inspire you as women we find it so enriching to share with other women, it is true soul food

Exercising: It just feels so go, it's so good for you on so many levels. Don't over-exercise or under-exercise. and do exercise that you enjoy that brings a smile to your face.

Eating nourishing food: Food is medicine for the soul and the body. Take the time to nourish your body with delish whole food

Go see a professional to get support with your well-being Sometimes you need a fresh pair of eyes, someone who can help you understand your body and make a plan with you, so you don't feel so overwhelmed. This could be your GP, a naturopath, an acupuncturist, or an osteopath, whatever resonates with you.

Bottom line

If you do not put systems in place to manage your stress through self-care

If you keep ignoring what your body is trying to tell you.

Your perimenopause journey is going to be pretty rocky.

Women should be celebrated at every stage of their lives.

This is a journey into our wisdom years.

You got this sister.

X Coryn

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