Those bad ole menopause moods

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Menopausal Musings – Overcoming the Urge to Kill -Tip 4 – Kindness & Compassion

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The title of this post is meant to be humorous but as most ladies know, it’s often not too far off the mark. The menopause often leaves us feeling like strange aliens moved in whilst we weren’t looking and tampered with our moods. Believe me! you’re not alone. One day, I got up to go to the loo, and in a period of 5 minutes came back in a vile mood. Like a big dark cloud looms and there’s no hiding from it. Well I’ve finally mastered the cloud of darkness, and ladies I can tell you….self compassion is the answer. We all get these moods during menopause, but most of the time nobody understands because we don’t give them chance to. We go around acting as if everything’s hunky dory, so it’s no wonder people get confused when we suddenly rock up with gnarling teeth.  Tip 4 is about being kind to ourselves, saying no when we don’t want to do something and getting those early nights. If you want to eat chocolate eat it & if you don’t want to wash the dishes that particular evening don’t. This isn’t about neglecting your tasks, it’s about cutting yourself a bit of slack at a time when your body is going through major changes. It’s worked for me but at first I have to say it wasn’t easy. People thought I was being anti social but there comes a point where you have to come first ladies so let this be your point and they’ll soon get used to it!

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Meditation & Menopause Tip 3- Getting Rid of Menopausal Skin Invaders

imageMost of us will know that nasty feeling of itching under the skin. One minute we’re curled up on the sofa with a good book, the next it’s like an army of angry ants took us over. Our head, back, face everywhere is itching – and it drives us nuts. Well here’s my top tip on getting rid – purely through meditation. It’s important to remember, the itching isn’t part of us. If it was, we wouldn’t be able to get rid. First get comfy as in the other meditations, somewhere you won’t be disturbed for about 10 to 15 minutes. Inhale and exhale gently through the nostrils. With each exhalation relax deeper into meditation. As you relax, start to visualise your in breath as clear fresh energy, scooping up those unwanted little invaders and bringing them out into the universe as you exhale. Focus only on the cycle of inhale, scoop up and exhale. Repeat between 5 and 10 times and you’ll find your itching is gone.
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Best Wishes Julie
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Menopause & Meditation – Tip 2 – Getting your Mind Back when the Menopause Stole it

imageFor the second morning in a row, your car keys are in the fridge, you forgot your purse & your coffee had only hot water and no coffee – sounding familiar? Don’t worry we’ve all been there, some of us still are but there’s a way through it. I can’t express enough how just 10 to 15 minutes meditation each morning changed my life. Just being in the moment, with peace and quiet to breathe, brings your mind back into the present moment. Sit quietly & comfortably in a place where you’re unlikely to be disturbed. Inhale & exhale slowly through the nostrils becoming aware of how your body feels, be aware of tension, and when thoughts enter your mind, observe & acknowledge them without paying them too much attention. Just 10 to 15 minutes practice each morning will help to reprogram your brain not to be dominated by too many different thoughts at one time. This is what distracts us during the menopause whilst our chemicals are changing, and this is why our behaviour becomes irrational.
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Best Wishes Julie
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Menopause and Meditation-Tip1-Don’t sweat the small stuff

imageBelieve me ladies, when it comes to the discomfort of hot flushes I’m right with you. The last thing we want to do  when we feel like we have a built-in radiator that’s just being switched on full blast, is sit still. Seriously though – meditation really does get rid of those hot flushes. Just take yourself off to a quiet place where you’re not going to be disturbed for 10 to 15 minutes. Make yourself comfortable and take some gentle breaths in and out through the nose. Don’t change the breath, but be aware of the way your body moves with the breath. Be aware of how your chest rises and falls as you inhale and exhale. With every out breath, luet your body relax deeper and deeper. Just go with it for 10 to 15 minutes and when you’ve finished, your hot flushes will have gone.  There’s A very simple explanation why this works so well, which I won’t go into now.  The most important thing- it worked for me and it will work for you!
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Best Wishes Julie
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m&ms – Menopause & Meditation

imageI don’t know about you – but the menopause has driven me almost to despair. Over the past few months however, I’ve found a way to overcome most of those nasty irritating symptoms. Over the next week I’m going to be sharing my top 5 tips on how meditation can help and even cure the symptoms of menopause. Don’t believe me? Check out the first of my tips tomorrow and see for yourself!

Don’t believe me? Check out the first of my tips tomorrow and see for yourself!

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WHAT &WHERE IS THE MIND?

Placeholder ImageThe Mysterious Mind.  It’s invisible to the human eye, yet it’s so incredibly powerful. It’s though the mind, our perceptions of the world take form – yet no surgeon could find it to remove our negative ideas & beliefs.
We’re always hearing about the benefits of ‘quietening the mind’ but what & where exactly is it? What are your thoughts?