Turning 40 and reaching mid-life milestones does not have to equate to a mid-life crisis. Being in your 40’s is being not quite old, but also not quite young. Most women experience a lot of changes – physically, mentally, and emotionally when they reach their 40’s and this is but natural. Have you heard of perimenopause or pre-menopause? It is the period which can be an average of up to 8 years before menopause wherein hormonal imbalances and fluctuations occur in a woman’s body and may cause distress. In short, it is the transitional stage to menopause. Levels of the reproductive hormones estrogen and progesterone begin to fluctuate irregularly. This imbalance is caused by a woman having too much estrogen and too little progesterone. She may begin to feel that her body is just a little bit off. Some physical symptoms of perimenopause may include sleep disruption, lower sex drive, irregular periods, urine leakage when coughing or sneezing, and breast tenderness. Emotional symptoms; on the other hand, are having heightened anxiety, short-term memory loss, mood swings, and difficulty in concentrating.
Although the above-mentioned may not appear to be a welcome change in any way, there are advantages and upsides to a woman being in her 40’s. At this age, she is more secure in her place in the world. She is more confident with her parenting skills, which come from many years of experience and trial and error. A woman in her 40’s has instilled a solid structure in her daily life whether she is married with a family or is single and okay with it. She is more decisive, in-control, and is ready to take on the reigns of whatever you put in front of her.
The key to rocking your 40’s is through acceptance and finding that balance between expecting the inevitable changes and learning to prepare for them. There is a renewed need to focus on being healthy and making lifestyle changes for the better.
Exercise and eat healthy
We all know that exercising releases endorphins that trigger positive feelings in the body similar to that of…yes – morphine. It helps reduce stress and evokes good vibes. Plus you have to admit, your metabolism will not be the same as when you were in your 20’s. The 2 glasses of sangria you downed over dinner aren’t going to magically disappear.
Start a journal
Women are constant thinkers, more so when they reach a certain age of maturity. They do a lot of self-reflection especially at night before bed as they rewind all that has happened throughout the day. Writing down your thoughts and feelings can be therapeutic and creates self-awareness.
Have a solid group of girl friends
Nothing is as powerful as girl bonding and girl talk. Being amongst women your age, sharing laughter and tears, having fun, comparing notes, and realizing that there are others on the same boat as you is priceless. The strong bond between female friends is often a source of mental and emotional strength for many.
Forty can be the best time of your life! Embrace your age and it will love you too.