It is common for women to get caught up in our busy world, making our personal well-being a low priority. I find that to be especially true as I grow older. As if competing in the same workforce as my children is not hard enough, I discovered how challenges associated with female hormonal changes can impact our lives both professionally and personally. From PMS to perimenopause and on into menopause, hormonal ups and downs can wreak havoc on a woman’s life.
I didn’t have the tools and knowledge to take control of the symptoms before they took control of me. I remember preparing my wardrobe for work based on layers that I could take off and add in response to my ongoing hot flashes. During one meeting at work I found myself removing my blazer, then my sweater layer down to my t-shirt, unzipping my boots and pushing my knee socks down, yet my skin still felt like it was boiling as I grew anxious and claustrophobic. When the meeting ended, the friendly executive sitting next to me commented “Gosh, good thing this is over because I wasn’t sure what you would be taking off next.” We laughed and I was glad that we were good friends, but I was horrified.
Maintaining a professional persona is important, but yet even more important is how mood swings and other symptoms associated with menopause can affect how we interact with those closest to us such as a spouse or children. I find myself asking if my levels of anxiety, frustration, and sometimes anger, towards my family and friends could have been avoided if I had been aware of the changes my body was going through and become better educated about how to manage it. It is difficult to be at our best and truly be a positive influence if we do not make our personal health a priority.
I am excited that today education and healthy alternatives to hormone replacement therapy are a common discussion. I am thrilled that my daughter and daughters-in-law can celebrate a world where knowledge is power. They have the opportunity to make educated decisions that can impact their feminine future and personal health.
Today’s choices made about diet and exercise can have a long term impact on our bodies tomorrow, regardless of age. I appreciate the health lecture that OCWomen2Women is providing for us to learn how we can improve our quality of life today.
Wednesday, March 25th at 7pm, Roslyn Rogers will be discussing how to balance our hormones naturally. Don’t let your tomorrows be filled with “I wish I had, or I could have’s”. Avoid regrets and learn how to make the most of being woman – REGISTER ONLINE TODAY! Attendance is $25 per person and proceeds will benefit HOPE International.
I hope to see you all there,