Women After Menopause
Do you anticipate menopause as the end of a productive time in your life? Do you see it as a kind of inevitable edging toward old age and the loss of your ability to function as a vibrant woman? Or are you prepared to see menopause as a new phase in your life: one that has value and meaning?
Menopause is the end of your menstrual period and your childbearing years, but it is not the end of all meaningful life. Many modern women now see menopause as a kind of new beginning. As such they are quite ready to welcome the freedom from having babies and their periods. Women after menopause have every chance to realize their dreams and aspirations when they are freed from the physical ties of their fertile years.
Think about it: no more periods, no more pads or tampons. No more cramps, PMS, or mood swings. Yipee! There is life after blood, and this time it's your own and not that of some other being in the form of an infant or child. You're free and seeing things with a positive attitude is the key to enjoying that freedom.
In addition to having that positive frame of mind, it's important to get proactive in maintaining good physical health. In this section, you can learn all about the importance of diet and exercise during the postmenopausal years. The right way to prepare your body for the years ahead is through engaging in regular exercise that gives you a bit of weight training and also revs up your cardiovascular system. Strength training is crucial as is a balanced diet that contains just the right amounts of complex carbohydrates, fat, and protein. A healthy lifestyle and a positive frame of mind will serve you well, getting you through the postmenopausal years with little stress and much vitality.
You will encounter many new issues and ideas as you traverse the years after menopause. We try to guide you through these experiences with articles on empty nest syndrome and tips for coping with adult children. At this time, it is a wonderful idea to begin a new hobby, volunteer project or even a new job. All of these can serve to keep you alert, active, and engaged in both body and mind.
You may have heard dire tales about the loss of sexuality in the postmenopausal years. But many women find these years to be a boon to their sex lives. They feel free from concerns about birth control or accidental pregnancy. They feel free at last to explore their own sexuality. Learn how you too, can take pleasure in so many activities and on so many levels during this new phase of your life.