8 reasons to look forward to the menopause
-Oct 13, Jenny Paul , Health -
Going through the menopause doesn’t have to be all doom and gloom, there are plenty of positive reasons to celebrate this milestone.
The mere mention of the menopause often conjures up unpleasant images of hot flushes, mood swings and lack of sleep, but ‘the change’ does not have to be all bad. Going through this transition can be life-altering, in so many good ways. So, if you’re feeling glum just thinking about this time of life, carry on reading to discover the silver linings of the menopause.
1. You enjoy a fresh start
Instead of looking at it as the end of an era, see the menopause as the start of something new. Many women say that they finally feel like a full grown adult and as if they can tackle anything that life throws at them.
There is something called ‘the fresh start effect’ which shows how we are more likely to get motivated and achieve goals that are set at the start of a new period of time. So get pumped to take on something new or finally achieve something that’s been on the back burner for years.
2. You’ll have better sex
Menopause might just revive a flagging sex life because instead of worrying about getting pregnant when getting intimate you can enjoy the moment for what it is. You also no longer have to concern yourself with birth control and you can be more spontaneous too. With age comes confidence and plenty of women report that an increased libido is a pleasant surprise that comes with this time of life. If not, talk to your doctor who can help.
3. You’ll have more time
Ok, so the menopause can disrupt sleep and you may find you sleep less. But on the positive side this often means you wake up earlier and so you have more time on your hands. You could get your 30-minutes of exercise in before you’ve even had breakfast or use that extra time to do an activity you’ve always wanted to get involved in. If you’ve had kids they are likely to be older and less time-consuming, so you can focus on some very overdue me-time.
4. You’ll be calmer
Years of hormonal mood swings can play havoc with you and your loved ones but once you are through the menopause it’s likely you’ll feel a sense of calm. Maximise this with regular yoga and meditation classes, which will also help to strengthen this feeling of zen.
5. You can make time for exercise
It’s the perfect time to get moving, even if you’ve never been into exercise. There’s no denying that an unpleasant side effect of menopause is often weight gain so why not control some of it by exercising. Physical activity can also improve many of the other symptoms of menopause too. You could come out the other side fitter and more fabulous than ever.
6. You’ll be wiser
Age doesn’t always bring wisdom, but for most of us it does. You’ll enjoy the benefit of your years of experience when it comes to tackling problems and learn not to sweat the small stuff.
7. You’ll learn to value your health
When we’re young we tend to feel invincible but as the decades tick by we take a step back and realise how lucky we are to enjoy good health. It is the time to make any overdue medical and dental appointments and course correct as needed. So many women lose weight after menopause and have complete life-overs because they’ve learned to value what’s important (low cholesterol) and what’s not (diving into the cookie jar mid-afternoon).
8. The kids have left home
Once you no longer have to deal with the stresses of parenting young children (if you have them) you’ll hopefully have the time and the financial freedom to invest in your own health and happiness. You’ll be able to spend a day in a spa with friends, or go away for a luxurious weekend somewhere you have always wanted to go without having to worry about babysitters and the phone ringing in the middle of the night. Seize the day!
You don’t just have to take our word for it! Davina McCall discovered a very surprisingly bonus of going through the menopause and several other celebrities found the menopause to be a positive time too.