Self-care is important for women at every stage in life, but it’s particularly vital during menopause to help you manage your complicated life and your menopause symptoms.
Think of it as prevention. By taking care of yourself now, you’re less likely to have burnout or chronic diseases later.
Self-care is not selfish. Read that again. Self-care IS NOT selfish. It includes everyday basics like eating well, getting exercise, spending a few quiet minutes with yourself, and getting adequate sleep (if you’re like me, this can be a challenge during menopause!).
We take care of others every day. But how often do we turn our natural gift for nurturing toward ourselves?
I’m reminded of the instructions we are so dutifully given by the flight attendant during the safety demonstration on every flight: Put your own oxygen mask on first before helping others. This is an important metaphor if you’re one of those women who runs around taking care of everything and everyone else except herself.
Neglecting your self-care can result in burnout, stress, fatigue, health problems, anxiety, frustration, insomnia, and even death.
Self-care helps keep stress levels down by creating moments of joy and pleasure and teaches you to prioritize yourself. Ask yourself: “What do I need right now to help me care for myself.”
Menopause self-care ideas
Self-care shouldn’t be something that you think you’ll do on future holidays or that you need an entire day off for (although that sounds fabulous, doesn’t it!?).
Yoga. Journaling. Art. Reading. Walking. Meditation. Dancing. Napping. Petting your cat or dog. Gardening. Exercising. Whatever feels like a treat for you. Find something and do it. Regularly.
If you like to journal, check out these journal prompts to help you know and love yourself.
Take self-care moments
Here’s an idea! Try to take little self-care moments throughout the day. Or better yet, start your day with a Power Hour – devote 20 minutes to your mind, 20 minutes to your body, and 20 minutes to your soul.
Download my free Self Care Tracker to help you create a self care habit and track the changes you see and feel.
Your mind, body, and soul will thank you!