15 years ago I realised that many women coming through my clinic, around the same sort of age, were struggling with the same issues. Sleep, weight loss struggles, anxiety, sudden loss of confidence, relationship issues.
I started to recognise consistent patterns, but also ways of working with those who were struggling. It wasn’t just about ‘fixing’ what was wrong, but boosting well-being in all areas of their lives.
Not many realise that hypnosis and mindfulness are exceptional therapies for menopause. Menopause is not just a physical experience, it’s also a psychological experience and can be complex for some. It can bring things to the surface that you’ve done well at pushing down over the years, it can create feelings of being unsettled, unfulfilled and anxious but it can also be liberating and exciting to embark on a new stage of your life.
Or it can be all of these things at the same time!
A mindful menopause
Hypnosis is great at giving you tools and techniques to change a feeling or experience. Using language, imagery and self-hypnosis you can turn down hot flushes, increase confidence, reduce anxiety, set weigh-less goals. I also like to ensure that people understand what hypnosis is so that they can use it proactively themselves, rather than becoming “someone to whom hypnosis done”.
It helps you to change your perspective of different situations, and it definitely a “positive outlook” therapy – we know that positive imagery and thinking can make a difference to well-being.
It’s a really empowering therapy and when you start to realise the power of your mind to change things, well it’s life changing!
The benefits of meditation and mindfulness complement hypnosis beautifully. The addition of meditation and daily mindfulness tools create sustainability and generalised well-being.
Some people prefer mindfulness tools to hypnotic imagery, focusing the mind rather than using imagery can really help some to calm and rest their mind on a regular basis. Learning about how these two different approaches can be used to adjust and adapt on a daily basis will help you navigate these years and have a positive experience.
You can learn more about this approach in my book Mindful Menopause