Welcome to another Menopause Monday post.
If you are one of my nice new followers Hello! I would like to take a moment to explain to you what Menopause Mondays are all about. I feel that Mondays are typically quite a depressing day for a lot of people – we’re back to work after the weekend and the next weekend seems so far away – so one Monday evening back in January, I shared a post about being perimenopausal; my experiences, my symptoms and what I had found online about the causes and remedies (you can read it here). I found it quite therapeutic getting it all out there and decided to do it on a regular basis. Hey presto! Menopause Monday was born. If you are interested in reading any of my previous post, just search the tag #Menopause Monday or click here.
I have been on HRT for almost three weeks now but it hasn’t stopped my feelings of being overwhelmed, stressed and anxious. Do you believe in fate? Well I was having a particularly bad day today – Easter goodies surrounded me while I’m trying (and failing) to stick to the Slimming World plan – but while I was checking my email and visiting some blogs I follow, I saw a wonderfully helpful post by Shaz talking about stress and anxiety. How did she know I needed this, now? I wanted to share it with you, so I’ve copied & pasted the whole thing, including her links which will open in a new tab.
I love the advice that Shaz includes and although I haven’t read all of her related posts that she mentions (yet), I’m already feeling more positive that I’ll be able to find a range of strategies to help with these blasted menopausal symptoms. I’ll let you know next week.
Stress is an important part of life. We do need it! However, it becomes a problem if we’re continually on high alert and we perceive a threat where there isn’t one. There are different ways to deal with stress and anxiety and, in my experience, we all have favourite activities that help us to unwind and step away, giving us time to look at a problem logically (rather than our primal instinct to survive).
My long-time favourite de-stressor is reading in bed. I can’t just slip into bed and fall asleep straight away. Thoughts whirl round in my head and make me restless. I’ve tried making notes before going to bed but that just seems to focus me on the problems I want to solve! We all know that a good night’s sleep goes a long way towards functioning appropriately the next day and reading is my panacea. The good thing is that I step into another world. Not so good is when I tell myself ‘one more chapter’ and before you know it you’ve lost a couple of hours of sleep 🙂
Crochet is another activity that helps me wind down. The rhythm and movement are meditative and often a solution will just pop into my mind (even when I think I’m not focused on an issue). Walking does that too!
Resilience is something we talk about a lot in my team at school. We share different strategies with children helping them to build a tool kit in the hope that when life throws them challenges in the future, instead of reacting with fight or flight they can be in control of how they view the challenges and react in a different way. Resilience is not innate, we’re not born with it but we can improve it.
April is National Stress Awareness Month so I thought I would take the opportunity of gathering together the articles I’ve already written on the blog.
A mixture of tips and resources on how to deal with stress and anxiety (mostly for adults but a couple for children too) I hope you’ll find something useful to help you.
Articles on Jera’s Jamboree
I recommend you check out the National Stress Awareness website. It’s a fabulous resource for:
- Explaining stress
- Resources and guides
- 10 step stress solution
- Stress at work
What do you do to de-stress?
Do you have any tips to share?
Last summer I gave a shout out to my blogging buddy Kate’s new venture, Book Spot Box, a subscription box which has gone from strength to strength.
With reading being one of my favourite ways to de-stress, I’m giving away to one of my UK readers the April Book Spot Box.
The ‘Rivals’ box features some of Kate’s favourite fictional rivalries and is perfect for fans of ACOTAR, Shakespeare and The Wicked King. Each box contains 6 items (5 of which are exclusive to the April box), a paperback book, signed bookplate and a bonus item from the publisher.
The featured paperback was published in 2018 and is the first in a series. Set in a dangerous broken world, it represents the ‘Rivals’ theme beautifully with its split narrative and tension of all kinds. Kate literally could not put this book down! (Please note, this book is not suitable for younger readers)
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