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Menopause Speaks: Brain Fog

Brain fog in menopause
Brain fog in menopause can be improved with exercise.

You’ve lost your car keys. Again. The carrots are in your sock drawer and your purse is in the fridge. Some days you can’t remember your best friend’s name, or what that nice-smelling hot brown liquid is that you drink each morning. You flit from one task to another all day long – like a lovely butterfly — but can’t accomplish anything because nothing gets finished. You make out a shopping list, put it in your pocket, forget about it, and then find it a week later after your jeans have gone through the wash. Sound familiar?

Hello, brain fog.

“I was studying for my Menopause Practitioner Certification and I would finish reading one paragraph and had no idea of what I had just read,” says Teresa Isabel Diaz of MenopausED. “I had to read the same paragraph over and over.” I bet you’ve been there. And when you can’t concentrate on daily tasks, it makes life a lot harder — i.e. more stressful. Who needs more of that?

What can you do? Suffer through it and wait until post-menopause, when things usually improve? Nah, we’re not big fans of suffering. But we are fans of brain exercise. If a weird gif of your brain lacing up its sneakers and going for a run comes to mind, you’re actually not far off the bat. Brains need oxygen in order to function at their peak, and any kind of physical movement that you enjoy will fit the bill, whether it’s jogging, dancing, yoga, biking or plain old-fashioned never-goes-out-of-style walking. So will cognition-enhancing activities such as meditation, visualization, games that involve memorization and strategizing — and that old standby, the crossword puzzle.

Try this. Next time you get fog on the brain, try taking a 30 to 45 minute movement break. It can be as simple as a walk around the neighborhood. Then notice how you feel afterward. 

What’s your favorite way to exercise your brain?

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Menopause Speaks: Hair Loss

Hair Loss in Menopause
Hair loss in menopause can be devastating. But it’s usually temporary.

Hair in the sink. Hair on the floor. Hair in your clothes, in the car, in your food, on the cat. Everywhere, it seems, but on your head. It feels as though you’re losing your crown, one strand at a time.

Hair loss is one common symptom of perimenopause. It can deal a devastating blow to your self-image and your self-esteem.  A result of hormonal changes, namely the decreased production of estrogen and progesterone, it happens to many women at some point during this life stage.

If you’re lamenting the loss of some of your luscious locks, consider this: it’s usually temporary. And perimenopausal hair loss can, for the most part, be addressed with lifestyle adjustments. Move your booty. Eat more fresh fruits and veggies. Check your iron levels. Drink enough water. Don’t forget the big S: stress. Manage it with some of these stressbusters. 

  • Take some time for yourself daily. 
  • Keep your social relationships healthy, even at a distance. 
  • Indulge in a favorite hobby. 
  • Get out in the fresh air. 
  • Get enough sleep. 
  • Have sex (which does double duty for making you feel more sexy and alive!). 

It doesn’t matter what method you choose, as long as you commit to doing something!

Snakes shed their skin as an entry to a new phase of life. They discard the old husk that doesn’t fit them anymore. This is more than a feel-good metaphor. Use the occasion of dealing with hair loss to consider the wisdom therein. What no longer fits you? What do you need to leave behind?

Loren@healthmuse.net 615-578-8873