It’s not ‘all in your head’.

The only thing that is ‘all in your head’ is your brain! Mental health struggles, mood swings, poor sleep, and wanting more time alone are common symptoms of perimenopause.

There are many, many other symptoms too: are there are biological reasons behind it all. So feeling ‘off’ is your fault, nor are you losing your mind if you experience brain fog. Having lots of mood swings does not make you a bad person either: it is all rooted in neurology.

In the late reproductive stage, as we approach menopause (mid 40s-50ish usually), estrogen declines, which causes many problems. In fact the journey to menopause is full of MASSIVE hormonal shifts, and yet historically we have not had any support around it. There is also a tendency for women to keep busy and ‘just get on with it’.

I spent a year reading medical studies related to yoga from 1960-now for my MA thesis (it’s about the sociology of heath), which gave me a glimpse into the reality of that fact that women’s bodies have never been central to health research.

The good news is that things are changing, even it if is very slow. Scientists are currently researching how estrogen therapy could delay the development of multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease and more. We can do a lot for ourselves on the road to menopause to support good brain and bone health through nutrition, yoga, and holistic practices.

I am looking forward to sharing more science, research, and practical tips in my Kerry menopause workshops in the coming weeks. You can also contact me for one-to-one online sessions. Read more here: https://linktr.ee/Artyshe

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