Meditation in Menopause

By Julie Dargan | Blog Posting

Apr 22

“My professional self-esteem hit the floor. Suddenly I find myself being overcome with weepiness at the most inappropriate times at work with mood swings and sudden memory relapses.” Michelle B.

Does the above statement resonate with you? When I relay this insight to my clients, many of them were relieved to hear that they were not alone in their symptoms.

One simple modality that has found to be very helpful in easing the symptoms commonly associated with menopause, such as easing stress and anxiety, is meditation.

When many people think of meditation they immediately envisage yogis or chanting, or simply dismiss it as beyond their ability to successfully achieve the results they are looking for.

Meditation can be difficult to understand if you are feeling overwhelmed. Many women can feel isolated due to family commitments, time factors, money constraints or simply not knowing where to find the correct information.

I can remember the first time I tried to meditate. I was sitting in a room with other men and women and trying my hardest to meditate. The session went for one hour and despite all my good intentions, I was unable to find any solace in the session. Some people were gushing how great they were feeling but I just was not connecting the same way that they were.

I am so glad I did not give up that day.

Now that I have understood a few of the basics when it comes to meditation I am able to apply some simple techniques and by meditating just 10 minutes a day I feel more relaxed throughout the day.

 “Meditation does not take away the day to day problems but what it does do is helps me to cope better with each problem that may arise in my day.”  Cathy J.

Mindfulness

Would you like one piece of advice that you can do to assist you with these emotions? Do you have 10 spare minutes every day.

“It takes just 10 minutes a day to bring more focus and effectiveness into your daily life.

Just 10 minutes a day, that is all.

Meditation is free and easy to do in the comfort of your own home. I sometimes find myself meditating while having my bath at night or walking the dog in the morning. It is my time and so many women have trouble finding time to be present, to let the troubles of the day be forgotten.

Forgetting your troubles for just 10 minutes a day will not make them go away and it will not mean that they have lessened in any way. What will change is how you respond to each challenge.

As I am sitting and writing this article I am looking at my son’s origami creations on the floor. He sees them as creations; I see them as a mess. Is it worth getting upset at the origami? Letting it take over my day. The mess will still be there. If I clear it away with the feeling of frustration, or with compassion, the mess will still be cleared. As I sit here finishing this article, I have decided to leave it where it is. Our children are with us for such a short time. There will be a day when they have left the family home and start living their own lives, when I will yearn for some sign of their presence in our home.

That realisation brings me great peace. Meditation has given me that insight. The mess was still the same mess, but how I responded and allowed to affect my day is the difference between enjoying my day or allowing my day to be marred in any way.

If you have any questions or would like to share your own experiences, good or bad, with meditation, I would love to hear from you.

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Julie Dargan RN, ND, BHSc works with Successful, Busy, Menopausal Women find relief from hot flushes and night sweats, & lose weight gained in their middle years, through diet and lifestyle changes.

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