By Alicia Simpson
How do you feel when entering menopause? Do you think you can
live with menopause? It seems a woman in menopause faces
physical changes and new emotional realities. Are you also
feeling the same? Do you feel stress and uncertain with what
happen to your body?
Although Eastern and Western disciplines disagree in the
interpretations of stress response and their prescriptions for
how to deal with it, recognition has grown in both disciplines
that body and mind are intertwined, working together – or
against each other.
The Western interpretation is based on research into the
“flight or fight response,” first identified by Dr. Walter
Cannon in the 1930’s. In response to threat, the body’s
sympathetic nervous system goes into action. The adrenal gland
pumps out more epinephrine, which speeds up the heart rate and
constricts blood vessels. The breathing rate increases, and
blood coagulation system is activated so that blood will clot
more quickly in case of injury. For the earliest ancestors,
these responses gave the body the jump start it needed to flee
from a menacing animal or enemy – or to stand and fight – thus
the label “fight or flight.” Accumulated stress can literally
make you sick.
In Eastern philosophies, practitioners believe that such
causes the body to build up certain toxins that must be
or they will block energy flow throughout the body.
While most of us associate negative stress with harmful body
changes, it’s also possible to “stress out” with too much good
Whatever it is, those both interpretations are related to our
body. Sure you don’t want to get weak body because of stress
while you live with menopause. Therefore here are some
checklists you need to do while you live with menopause:
1. Life has become visibly more complicated. Don't feel that
you have to do everything and do decide what critically needs
to be accomplished. Think about your values and write down
those that really matter to you. What is most important?
Spending time with family? Accumulating great wealth?
powerful influence? Acquiring possessions? Expressing
Learning new ideas? Experiencing adventure and travel?
Maintaining excellent health? Socializing with friends?
Contributing to the community? You can't do them all. Cut out
activities that aren't consistent with your core values.
2. Carry a smaller wallet or purse. Start by cleaning out the
one you've got. Get rid of unnecessary credit cards and other
clutter that you don't use regularly.
3. Stop checking up on your financial portfolio every day.
people invest for the long term. Checking your results daily
adds to stress and might lead to expensive and unnecessary
4. Make time for yourself. Set aside time each day to reflect
quietly, go for a walk, plan for your future or meditate.
the park instead of the mall.
5. Cut back on debt. Consolidate your different debts into one
and pay it off. Put your credit cards in a spot where you
be able to use them until you're debt-free. Track your
for a month, then cut back your spending on items you don't
need. For instance, pack a lunch rather than buying one at
work. Mix and match your outfits rather than constantly buying
6. Consider renting a vacation home rather than buying. You
won't be burdened by time (and money) spent in maintenance.
Also, this allows you to visit a different spot each year.
7. Plan time for a vacation every year. Some people claim "I
haven't had a vacation in three years" as if it was a badge of
courage. It isn't.
8. Cut back on your children's planned activities. If they
to use a time planner to schedule their activities, and you
spend all of your time taxiing them around, they're probably
9. Live closer to your work so you don't have to drive.
10. Take a moment each day to be grateful.
About The Author: Alicia Simpson is a mother and housewife who
experience menopause. Her new guide book: Menopause without
Stress. You can find more about her experience on menopause