Raise your hand if you went into this past Summer full force. I don’t know about you, but I was like an animal let out of a cage. Finally, I could go and do what I wanted without the weight of the pandemic fears I had carried for the past two years. Looking back, I can see I was on a personal quest to squeeze every experience out of the sunshine and travel freedom that I could. Let me tell you I did just that. It was exhilarating, travel chaos aside. Fall came in full force and once again I felt supercharged to experience as much of the great outdoors as I could. I hiked, biked, and relished every leaf and it was extraordinary. Living intentionally like I hadn’t in quite some time was amazing. Then the weather shifted and cue a dip in that intentionality that had driven me.
We NEED to talk about pre-menopause and perimenopause! As a woman of a certain age, I find myself shaking my head at the fact no one talks about the time BEFORE menopause. Many of us got a bit of a heads-up about what menstruation is and what it means. I received a lot of information about conception or lack of conception or in my case the ultimate struggle to conceive, but then I was left to investigate on my own. I have worked with countless women who share the same question. Why don’t we learn more about what happens before menopause?
As a therapist, the subject of friendships ranks securely in the top 5 topics of discussion. Why wouldn’t it? Friendship brings us fulfillment, confidence, a sense of family, security, and don’t forget great memories and many times, a shared history. On the other side of friendship, there can be rejection, anxiety, insecurity, confusion, and pain.
How we think, how we talk to ourselves impacts the way we feel and behave.