Today I'm making changes. Well at least today I've got to the point of acknowledging a change that has been developing for a few months, and doing something about it.
But it's not easy!
Up to now, my focus has been to help mid-life women who are feeling stressed, exhausted and overwhelmed with menopause-related symptoms to take back control of their health and wellbeing so they can enjoy life again and embrace their future. And I've been doing this through coaching and education services.
However I have been gradually developing a passion for doTerra essential oils, which are basically a different toolkit for achieving health and wellbeing. They have made a huge difference to me, and I have decided that I want to focus my energies on sharing the message about how they can help with my clients too.
The thing is, I've been dabbling a bit with mentioning essential oils 'on the side'. I've been nervous about saying too much as I didn't want to dilute my previous messages about how I could support my clients. But today I decided to 'come out'. It's been scary!
I have recorded a video to explain to my followers about what I'm doing. There's only been positive feedback from that (so far!).
I've sent an email to my mailing list, offering them to unsubscribe if they're not interested. There's been rather a deluge of 'unsubscribe' notifications. It's not easy to see them come in, but if people aren't interested in my message, then it's time for me and them to let go.
Time will tell about whether it's the right move. I definitely feel quite vulnerable now and unsure about whether I've done the right thing. But I figured that if I don't try, I'll never know.
There's a great quote I have on my Vision Board - "You never cross the ocean unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore". Let's hope I manage to reach the other side, as that will mean that other people are discover the amazing physical and emotional therapeutic benefits of essential oils, and loving them as much as I do.
Mary is a Director of the UK Health Coaches Association, a qualified Health Coach and a doTerra Wellness Advocate. She runs a private Facebook group supporting women struggling with menopausal symptoms, and provides regular training and information sessions on Women's Health. For more information see www.bloomwithmary.co.uk and for future events see www.facebook.com/bloomwithmary/events.
Watch my interview with Sam from Midlife Makeover, who asked me for my top tips for feeling better during the perimenopause and menopause. See what I said about the place of affirmations, gratitude and being in the flow!
As I was struggling to concentrate this morning, I thought it might be helpful to share some tips and advice on brain fog, memory and concentration problems, which are so common during perimenopause and menopause.
Brain fog is usually as a result of unbalanced hormones, typically thyroid*, oestrogen and/or cortistol.
If you're looking for a quick fix, then these might help:
In the longer term, there are a number of key activities or strategies that can help:
If you are really struggling and know you would like to make some changes, and would value some personalised support, please do get in touch for a free, informal and confidential chat - you can book a date directly in to my diary here: https://www.bloomwithmary.co.uk/contact.html.
*Thyroid issues can be easily confused with menopausal symptoms. They include difficulty regulating energy levels, weight problems, sensitivity to cold, mental sluggishness, mood issues, low immunity, perspiration issues, hair loss & throat dryness amongst others. If you are concerned you should ask for a thyroid function test from a qualified medical professional.
**if you're considering using essential oils, use the best quality you can find, which should be guarantee pure therapeutic grade. Also do check with your healthcare professional as even natural treatments can interfere with medication, although essential oils are generally considered extremely safe.
Find out where you are in your mid-life with my Mid-Life Evaluator here!
If your answer isn't sparkling with positively, do join my safe and supportive Facebook group, or get in touch for some 1-to-1 support here. I can help you regain your sparkle!
Today is #BlueMonday2019. It's supposed to be the most depressing day of the year. It's dark, cold, past the exuberances and excitements of Christmas, with the prospect of summer still a long way away, and the Christmas shopping bills far more imminent. New Year's resolutions may have hit the deck already. Gosh I feel depressed just writing this!
Maybe that's the reason that I instinctively chose my Tip of the Week to be about finding something in your life that is fun, creative or indulgent. I asked my Blooming Menopause Facebook group members to focus on themselves, and I gave them permission to put themselves at the top of their lists.
There is masses of scientific evidence that enjoyment is a key element of managing hormones. It's not optional if you want to improve how you feel.
When a woman goes through their perimenopausal and menopausal years, it is a time of transition. We are moving from busy and demanding child-bearing years to the second stage of our adult lives which should be allowing us more space to be ourselves. Our changing and re-balancing hormones make our bodies vulnerable, and if we are not kind to ourselves, then we are now allowing the space and resources our bodies need to find the right path forwards.
So my call-to-action is to schedule at least 5-10 minutes each day to do something for YOU that will put a smile on your face. Guilt-free. Consider it doctor's orders!
Mary works with mid-life women who are feeling stressed, exhausted & overwhelmed with menopause-related symptoms, to take back control of their health & wellbeing so they can enjoy life again and embrace their future. Join her Facebook group Blooming Menopause if you are looking for support.