How can I prepare myself for menopause?
Read books, personal accounts, medical studies, etc. to get a grasp on a wide array of topics pertaining to menopause. The more you know, the better prepared you will be.
Start talking with your female relatives, co-workers, friends, colleagues, neighbors, and of course, your doctor. If you are not in menopause yet, this is a great time to learn how other women navigate through menopause and what they struggle with most. The Caria app has an active community which is a safe space to connect with other women, ask questions, and find helpful answers.
Menopause is still a somewhat forbidden topic in many circles (but we are hoping to change that!). If you are not comfortable asking other women directly about their menopause experience, take careful note of how women in their 40s to early 60s behave. Your workplace can be a great place to start as women are working later in life and often go through menopause at the peak of their careers. If you feel comfortable, ask others for to share their experience and tips.
Your research on menopause will tell you that low estrogen will likely add adipose tissue to your abdomen, decrease your muscle and bone mass, increase your risk for cardiovascular disease, and decrease your ability to get a good night’s rest. Develop healthy physical habits now such as regular strength training and aerobic workouts, eating wholesome foods in healthy portions, and developing good sleep hygiene practices.
You know you are in for some highs and lows with your mood. And your risk for depression and anxiety increases when you are in menopause. Therefore, it is important to learn stress-relieving practices and coping mechanisms as early as possible. Finding someone that you know you can confide in if you are struggling mentally and even adopting new hobbies can help settle your mind and emotions.
As you learn information and get closer to perimenopause, make sure the people closest to you are educated about what changes lie ahead for you. This can be especially helpful if you have a partner, children, or roommates.