You're not losing your mind- it's perimenopause!

We know that women reach menopause at some point in their late 40s to 50s sometime but hormonal changes actually begin years earlier- up to around 10+ years earlier for many women!

No one really tells you this and most women are completely taken by surprise with the ferocity of the changes  and well before reaching actual menopause!

When mood swings, emotional rollercoasters and brain fog present, many women question their sanity but no, you are not losing your mind and probably not developing early onset Dementia- it's likely related to perimenopause!

Well before your final period, hormonal changes and changes in your brain begin to take place. Whilst your hormones have always fluctuated throughout your cycle, wild swings can begin to occur and in an unpredictable rhythm. Oestrogen spikes can occur at much greater levels than before, leaving you feeling like you're on an emotional rollercoaster.

Because our reproductive hormones have a neurological impact and influence our brain function and neurotransmitter production, fluctuations affect how you feel and how you think (including your memory). These swings can occur much more frequently than they used to, so you may experience mood swings daily or even hourly at times.

Knowing that there is a physiological explanation can be very reassuring and there are things that you can do to support yourself through the swings with a little more ease.

But this is also a transition time, a time where you are moving from one phase of your life to another and transition times often bring feelings of loss, grief, fear or anxiety so doing some inner work and working through some of these elements that may be calling for your attention is important.

Your brain actually re-wires itself during the perimenopausal/menopausal transition and many women experience sense of having lost their identity or of no longer feeling satisfied with how they're living their lives or may experience a loss of purpose. All of this can feel challenging and confronting so seeking some support to navigate these issues can be really helpful.

Perimenopause can be likened to a second puberty and you likely remember how confusing that stage of life was!

Any health issues, emotional issues or relationship issues that you have shoved under the carpet amidst the busyness of life are likely to rear their heads at this time in your life, so it really is a time to take note, reflect, work through old issues, do whatever healing work needs to be done and make adjustments to your diet and lifestyle as needed.

There are fabulous herbs to support the nervous system and adrenals throughout this time of transition along with key nutrients that at this stage of life you may need a little more of and which can help you to ride the waves a little easier. Breathwork is fantastic for helping you to work through whatever emotions are arising as well as giving you tools that you can use in the moment to lesson anxiety and overwhelm.

If you'd like to book an appointment to discuss support to navigate this time of transition in your life, appointments can be booked here:
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