Surviving the Festive Season: One Simple Tool for Menopausal Women
Posted on 15th December 2023 at 13:20
Ah, the festive season! A time of joy, celebration, and… sometimes, a touch of chaos. For women going through menopause, this time of year can bring its own unique set of challenges. Amidst the merriment and flurry of activities, managing symptoms like hot flushes, mood swings, and overwhelming emotions can feel like an uphill battle, never mind the never-ending to do list that seems to get longer every day.
There is a simple yet powerful tool that can be your ally through this season: journalling. Yes, the act of putting pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) can work wonders in navigating the rollercoaster of emotions and experiences that often accompany menopause through this period.
Imagine having a trustworthy confidant available 24/7, someone who listens without judgment and allows you to pour out your thoughts, fears, and triumphs. That’s what journalling offers – a safe space to express yourself freely.
Emotional Release: Menopause can bring a whirlwind of emotions. Journalling provides an outlet to release these feelings, reducing stress and promoting emotional well-being.
Clarity Amidst Chaos: With so much happening during the Christmas period, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. Writing things down helps declutter the mind, allowing you to focus on what truly matters and can help sleep.
Tracking Symptoms: Keeping a record of symptoms can provide valuable insights for you. It helps identify patterns and triggers, aiding in more effective management.
How to Start Journalling?
Getting started with journalling doesn’t require fancy stationary or prize-worthy prose. Here are some simple steps:
Find Your Tool: Whether it’s a notebook, a digital document, or an app, choose a medium that feels comfortable for you.
Set Aside Time: Carve out a few minutes each day. It could be in the morning with a cup of tea or at night before bed – whichever fits your routine.
Write Freely: There are no rules! Let your thoughts flow without worrying about grammar or structure. You can jot down your day’s events, express feelings, or simply empty your mind.
Surviving Christmas with Journalling
As the holiday whirlwind ensues, here’s how journalling can help you feel calmer, and some questions to help start you off:
Take a moment each day to reflect on your experiences. What brought you joy? What triggered discomfort? What emotions arise when I think about Christmas gatherings or traditions? Writing these down provides clarity.
Feeling overwhelmed by family gatherings or shopping chaos? Use your journal as a tool to process these emotions.
Amidst the festive frenzy, it’s easy to neglect self-care. Use your journal to prioritise yourself, noting down small acts of self-kindness.
How can I ensure that I’m taking care of myself amidst all the festive hustle and bustle?
Celebrating the Positives:
What moments brought me joy or contentment today?
Are there any new discoveries or experiences that have been particularly uplifting?
Gratitude and Self-Appreciation:
What am I grateful for today, no matter how small or seemingly insignificant?
What positive aspects of myself or my journey through menopause can I acknowledge and appreciate?
Feel free to choose one or more of these prompts each day to guide your journalling sessions. They can serve as a starting point to delve into your thoughts and emotions. Remember, it’s not about perfection in writing, but about embracing the power of self-expression and self-care.
At our Bristol Menopause Clinic, we advocate for holistic approaches to women's health. Journalling is just one of the many tools we recommend empowering women during this transformative phase of life. If you’d like more personalised guidance or information, don’t hesitate to reach out.
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