Getting Through Menopause and Puberty at the Same Time
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2. Enlist the help of your partner. Ask him to try to be supportive and understanding. Let him know that sometimes the best way to help will be to just let the anger be vented and not to react. The partner can also say, "Take a deep breath. It will be okay." That might diffuse a pending explosion, and if it doesn't, the partner should just put on a flame-retardant suit and back away.
3. Exercise with your daughter. Weight gain is a symptom of both menopause and puberty. Going to an exercise class together or taking long walks or bike rides together can open communication and help you both deal with stress.
4. Get closer with your partner. Getting away with your partner and telling him how you feel can help you feel supported and loved at a time when you are feeling miserable about yourself.
5. Talk to your health care provider if your symptoms interfere with your daily life. No one can function if they cannot sleep or if they suffer severe fatigue. When hormonal shifts become severe, it is wise to talk to your physician. Depression as well as heightened anxiety are frequently seen and are usually easily treated.
With menopause—as with puberty—there is a grieving of the past but also an opportunity for a new sense of freedom. People who breeze through menopause are the same ones who embrace the change and keep a positive attitude. Weight gain, frustration, and increased stress are symptoms of hormonal shifts, but that doesn't mean you have to gain weight, be frustrated, or stressed out.
Preparing your mind to help your body go through the changes is a big predictor in determining how disruptive the change of life will be for you.