Today 1 in every three women in our workplaces are menopausal so why is menopause still taboo? 80% of women in the West report symptoms. Yet 70% claim to be unwilling to discuss their menopause with their friends or partner let alone their boss.
The menopause happens to all women and is just another stage in life’s rich journey. However, it’s not something most of us feel comfortable talking about, and it’s only recently that it has been getting more mention in the media but even then is it ever positive? Also, doctors often automatically hand out pills for it as though it is an illness rather than a natural phase of life.
We certainly feel our bodies when having pain or a headache. But many of us are ‘out of touch’ with our bodies, with our real selves. Moreover, we only notice the body when it gets sore, sick or can’t keep up with what we want it to do. Many people look after their cars better than their bodies.
I have been talking a lot lately about self-care. Moreover, that contrary to the popular media image of consuming your way to feeling better. Self-care is sometimes tough-love. Furthermore, I accept this might sound harsh. Self-care has very little to do with “treating yourself.” More to do with parenting yourself. And about making choices that support your long-term well-being and happiness.