Menopause – can hypnotherapy help?
Menopause: nothing prepared me for the fact that one day my hormones would fall off a virtual cliff edge and take me with them. As it turned out, menopause really can cause mayhem for some women, I was one of them. Menopausal weight gain I describe my menopause experience like the ‘Frog in the Water’ […]
Menopause: nothing prepared me for the fact that one day my hormones would fall off a virtual cliff edge and take me with them. As it turned out, menopause really can cause mayhem for some women, I was one of them.
Menopausal weight gain
I describe my menopause experience like the ‘Frog in the Water’ metaphor, you know when the frog sits in the water and it is nice but eventually the water is turned up to such a level that the frog is at boiling point but didn’t notice the rise in temperature. That was me, except it was a frog with brain fog hot flushes and raised anxiety. I was waking up at 3am with a racetrack in my head, I felt constantly fed up and irritable. I suffered a roller coaster of emotions from tearful, frustrated exhaustion to anger.
In my case, my appetite seemed to increase to that of a professional rugby player; I was constantly hungry and I craved food high in carbohydrates. At one point I think I was eating over 3000 calories plus each day but I was stuck at my desk doing paperwork and had no clear plan for movement breaks, so the weight piled on. Last year, I ended up with a back problem: I was overweight and had been immobile due to illness for ten days. Menopause fatigue made it worse. I needed to make some changes.
Goodbye to alcohol
I ditched the alcohol too. It was making me feel poorly and I felt getting in the way of my progress towards feeling stronger. There was no specific moment when I just ‘knew’ , I just had a common sense conversation with myself and made a decision to stop.
Hypnotherapy and Menopause
I’d like to say that hypnosis alone solved my menopause issues over night but that is not what happened. I knew that something needed to change and that I needed to start with something simple. When I coach my clients, I ask them ‘what the most important thing on your mind right now and then what is the smallest thing you can do that could help?’ ‘Just the smallest thing’. Hypnotherapy helps my clients get clear on what it is they need to focus on first. For me, the smallest thing was ‘movement’.
I use hypnotherapy techniques to create a timeline for the next 90 days and support clients to understand what it is they want and need. WE need to work with our bodies not against them .
How hypnotherapy helped me to create a plan that worked:
I began to research menopause symptoms including joint pain in the back and weight gain due to menopause. I went onto the Dr Louise Newson website to help me : Dr Louise Newson Menopause Specialist
I used hypnotherapy to help lower my anxiety levels and aid sleep, I also found that herbal remedies such as camomile tea were helpful in creating a new sleep routine. I contacted a movement specialist Angie Stirland The Stirland Approach with Angie Stirland and booked some sessions which helped me to understand how my body needed to move naturally: this was a game changer. As Angie helped me to understand that there was a chain of movement involved and that my body knew what to do, I learned about how to undo some of my previous patterns of approach to exercise – I thought that good exercise was all about cardio. I used an easy hypnosis technique to embed that knowledge in my mind and repeat what I had been taught.
Next, I went to see a local physiotherapist at My Core Wellbeing in Guisborough https://mycorewellbeing.com/ . The physiotherapist was able to assess me and worked to release some of the muscle tension around my back. She suggested some exercises and we talked about how I could strengthen my knees and glutes to support my body.
Small changes and personal training
As I started to feel better I decided to put this into my plan and booked some sessions at a local gym with a one to one PT
I learned how I could incorporate mindfulness into my exercise with a routine using my own body weight – no machines necessary .
With new information, I created a hypnotherapy meditation with a powerful visual of me becoming stronger and stronger: out walking with my dogs and being able to be steady on my feet and feel stronger going over stiles, carrying shopping, going for a run, taking long walks and feel fitter. I then mentally rehearsed this every day .
One year on and I feel stronger in my fifties than I was in my forties. My mind is clearer, my weight is under control, my sleep is better, I have more energy and my appetite is more manageable.
I review my plan every 90 days. There are going to be tweaks along the way because life is like that; I know now that despite my best made plans, stuff happens, things fall apart and I will have to just go with the flow.
If you would like to re discover who you are and learn how to create a plan to navigate menopause, get in touch, let’s chat, Your plan may look very different from mine but I do know that what ever you decide, hypnotherapy will help you stay on track! Get in touch
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