21 Jul 2015
7 Powerful Ways to Escape Midlife Mindset Muck
One of my clients, Chris, just sent me an e-mail SOS.
She’s completely overwhelmed with all that she needs to do. Insomnia has sapped her mojo and family responsibilities are weighing her down.
She wanted to know what she could do to feel better RIGHT-THIS-VERY-MINUTE!
Here’s what I told her.
“Put on your shoes and go outside. Take a walk. Give yourself a day of radical self-care.”
So she did. Two naps, a head-clearing walk, and a manicure later, she felt much better.
Chris could have spent the day stewing in how bad she was feeling. But here’s the danger of that.
You get more of what you focus on.
We all operate at a certain vibrational level. And when we are projecting a negative vibration, that’s what we get back. Who needs that???
The trick is to train our minds to reach for that next best-feeling thought so we begin to attract thoughts, people and things that are more positive.
In midlife, it’s easy to get caught up in negative thoughts about aging, beauty, life purpose, and health (among others). These lines of thinking are sure-fire mojo suckers!
If you find yourself stuck in the muck of midlife, try one of these simple tips to break free.
- Get outside. There are 2 great reasons to do this. First, sunlight greatly enhances your feeling of well-being (and gives your Vitamin D levels a boost). Second, a number of studies have documented the effect of being in nature on mood. Spending as little as 5 minutes a day connecting with the outdoors helps.
- Exercise. Cardiovascular exercise helps to release endorphins and changes your mood. A brisk 15-minute walk is all you need to change your brain chemistry and thought patterns.
- Eat well. Fruits, vegetables, healthy carbs, and proteins all give you essential nutrients for your body to function properly. Eating processed foods, sugar, white flours, and drinking alcohol builds up toxins in your body that contribute to a myriad of midlife symptoms like memory issues, irritability, anxiety, and weight gain. Watch your tendency to reward yourself with junk food. Eating crappy food is never a reward for anything.
- Take the FIRST step (not the first ten). Want to lose 10 lbs? Start with the first one. Exercise? Start with 5 minutes once a week. That may sound so small that you think “why bother?” But your goal is to create momentum…and small successes are the key to achieving that.
- Relax. Take a few minutes every day to take an intentional time out. Do some deep breathing, meditation or do yoga. Take a nap. Sometimes when we’re stuck in our gunk, we’re just plain TIRED. It’s OK to wave the white flag and care for your body.
- Put yourself on your to-do list. You can’t give what you don’t have. Many of us wear our “busyness” like a merit badge, but if you’re depleted you can’t be of service to the world. Taking care of yourself isn’t selfish. It’s a necessity.
- Reach out. Surround yourself with friends who love and support you, but don’t buy into your stories. If you feel like you’re dealing with depression, seek professional help. If you’re suffering from symptoms of hormone imbalance, let’s talk. I offer a free 30-minute consultation to discuss ways we can work together. You can access my schedule at www.drannagarrett.com/lets-talk.
Revving up your mojo in menopause doesn’t require a lot of time or money. Sometimes it’s as simple as putting your shoes.
About Dr. Anna
Dr. Anna Garrett is a pharmacist and menopause expert who helps women who are struggling with symptoms of perimenopause and menopause find natural hormone balancing solutions so they can rock their mojo through midlife and beyond. But her clients would tell you that her real gift is helping them reclaim pieces of themselves they thought were gone forever.
Dr. Anna offers a complimentary 30-minute Get Acquainted Call to anyone who’d like to learn more about working 1-1 with her. You can schedule that at your convenience by clicking here.
Please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.