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The Tao of Turning FiftyMenopause NOW is a monthly roundup of menopause resources, headlines, and stories. By scouring the internet and leveraging our connections with women’s health experts, we’ll offer links and give you access to the information that’s more important to you.

In the March edition, we’ll meet author Jennifer Boire, try to better understand the male brain, and explore how yoga can help ease your symptoms.

The Tao of Turning Fifty

Ready to do a little soul searching while traveling this winding path through menopause? Jennifer Boire’s book The Tao of Turning Fifty guides women through a series of questions and journaling exercises to help you figure out the answers to those burning questions in your life. And check out our exclusive interview with Jennifer. You’ll get her take on keeping it together and finding that balance we all struggle to achieve.

The Male Brain: What’s So Hard to Understand?

Magnolia Miller of The Perimenopause Blog has started a series of posts based on the book The Male Brain by Dr. Louann Brizendine.  She’s hoping to demonstrate to her male readers that their behavior and attitudes are also largely directed and influenced by hormones. It’s not just us women. And if you throw dueling hormones into a relationship, things can sometimes get a little rocky.

Yoga for Menopause Relief

A small trial conducted by Susan D. Reed, M.D., M.P.H., of the University of Washington in Seattle showed that practicing yoga can improve the quality of women’s lives. Yoga has long been thought to help women and their menopause symptoms. In fact, two women who were interviewed in a separate study conducted at a Dublin sleep clinic felt that yoga had saved their lives.

35 and Menopausal? Don’t Freak Out.

It’s not uncommon for younger women to experience symptoms that seem like menopause. But the reality is that only 1% of US women go through menopause before the age of 40. Corrie Pikul wrote an interesting blog in The Huffington Post to help women understand the potential causes of night sweats, insomnia, and other menopause-like symptoms. Bottom line? Take a deep breath and consult your doctor before jumping to conclusions

The Lighter Side of Menopause

Finally, we all know that menopause can be challenging and stressful. The Huffington Post recently highlighted Seven Things That Will Make You Feel Better About Menopause. Nothing too deep, but you might find a quote that’ll brighten your day. There’s always a light at the end of a tunnel.

Want to share your thoughts on these or other stories? Join the conversation at the menopause forum. Or, if you know of a newsworthy resource that might bring value to our members and readers, feel free to send us an email.

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Fashionista new_A2Does menopause ever make you feel “too old?” Whatever our age, it seems like we carry the weight of the world on our shoulders while life is passing us by. We’re too old to go out and have fun. Too old for that dress. Too old to wear the bright red lipstick, even though it’s the perfect color.

It’s time to stop hiding, worrying, and simply existing. And if you need a little inspiration, check out this clip from the documentary Fabulous Flashionistas. The film follows the lives of six women in their 70s and 80s who are redefining their ages in style. Without botox or plastic surgery. And while all of the ladies are well beyond menopause, their attitudes towards life are incredible.  They all seem to have discovered their “fabulous”— that elusive quality that makes us distinctive and special.

So how can a nice story about a bunch of spunky seniors help us when we’re trying to find our own way? Well, your “fabulous” is out there, too. You just need to look for it sometimes. And here are a few places you can start:

  1. Feel good. We need to feel good, not just physically, but mentally and emotionally. It takes conscious effort and a lot of work. Being healthy means making good choices, visiting your doctor, exercising, eating right and avoiding the bad stuff. Easier said than done.
  2. Look good. Takes some effort, but not as much as you think. You can shower, dress and put on a little makeup. Or you can hide under a baseball cap and hope you don’t run into anyone you know. Take your pick.
  3. Do amazing things. Amazing doesn’t mean you have to swim the Atlantic Ocean or win the Nobel Peace Prize. It means that, at some point, you’ll look in the mirror and say, “Yeah, I did that. Me.” Then take time to celebrate.
  4. Show your style. Not too sure what your style is? For starters, it’s not about giving yourself a makeover. You need to feel comfortable in your own fashion skin. Are you pants or skirts? Love animal prints or prefer black? Doesn’t matter, as long as it makes you feel happy and confident.
  5. Share a positive attitude. You know that old friend you avoid in the grocery store because she’s always complaining, bummed out or whining? Don’t let that be you. We all have our days, but good things happen, too. Share those instead.
  6. Welcome life’s changes. This is a big one. Life can sometimes kick our butts and it usually isn’t welcome. But change is inevitable. You can either get on board (eventually) or hide your head in the sand (likely), because life isn’t going to stop and wait. Have your moment, but do try to move on. There’s so much you don’t want to miss.
  7. End the needless worry. Worry is not a hobby. It’s just filler. Worry can consume a ton of your time, but it accomplishes absolutely nothing. The problems and challenges are always going to be there. But many of our worries are about things that are out of our immediate control. Let those go.
  8. Open the door to opportunities. There are always new and exciting things happening around us. By keeping ourselves closed off from the rest of the world, we’re missing out on some incredible adventures.
  9. Accept imperfections. None of us are perfect. Nor are our husbands, partners, children or family. And you know what? That’s OK.
  10. Be enough. This isn’t high school anymore. You don’t have to please anyone but yourself. Hell, you don’t even have to fit in. In fact, and if you think about it, the opposite is true.
  11. Stop feeling invisible. This happens to too many women. At some point, we become someone’s wife, someone’s mom, or an employee. We lose our identity. And while none of those labels are bad, we eventually stop being who we are. Embrace your own identity once again.
  12. Refuse to take “no” for an answer. Are you willing to give up on something—on anything—for two little letters?

Without a doubt, it can be hard to find your fabulous when it’s buried under the hot flashes and anxiety of menopause. But when you look at these amazing women, who are grabbing the bull by the horns in spite of their age, there must be something to it.

Have you found your fabulous? We’d love to hear about it. Stop by the menopause forum and share your story.

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The Tao of Turning Fifty: An Interview with Jennifer Boire

March 9, 2014

Sometimes, life feels like a journey along a winding path. And that path has detours, dead ends and road signs that can be hard to read. So how do women find their way when it seems like we have no sense of direction and are utterly bewildered? Well, according to Jennifer Boire, MA and author […]

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February Menopause NOW: Resources and Headlines You Don’t Want to Miss

February 28, 2014

Menopause NOW is a monthly roundup of menopause resources, headlines, and stories. By scouring the internet and leveraging our connections with women’s health experts, we’ll offer links and give you access to the information that’s more important to you. This month, we’ll explore three new studies that may help you better understand your transition through […]

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Facing Menopause? Tell Your Story.

February 28, 2014

Millions of women struggle with menopause symptoms every day. And we all have a story to tell. Mine started more than four years ago. I was in my late thirties when my doctor told me that I was starting to experience early symptoms of perimenopause. I thought I was too young. And I was scared […]

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January Menopause NOW: Resources and Headlines You Don’t Want to Miss

January 31, 2014

Menopause NOW is a monthly roundup of menopause resources, headlines, and stories. By scouring the internet and leveraging our connections with women’s health experts, we’ll offer links and give you access to the information that’s more important to you. Time to close out the first month of 2014 with some ideas on how to create […]

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