80 - Menopause & Mindfulness
In this episode, I'm joined by Clarissa Kristjansson, a menopause health coach and mindfulness practitioner.
Menopause & Work
Clarissa worked in corporate roles for three decades and when she went through menopause her mental health suffered.
A self-described high functioning anxiety sufferer, she had managed her job. Until menopause hit.
Clarissa explained when she started to go through menopause she wasn't sleeping well, her anxiety was worse, and she no longer coped with things like she used to.
Her tipping point came early in a new role where she realized it was not the job for her.
Mindfulness & Menopause
Clarissa has found mindfulness has helped her navigate the highs and lows of menopause. Women/ people can be in menopause for years, Clarissa pointed out learning to be in the moment can help accept this.
A different outlook on menopause
Menopause has been a taboo topic, many have no idea what to expect when they start experiencing changes.
Clarissa says she likes to reframe the way menopause is viewed. For some people who may have been parents, they can view it as their time. Or as motivation to take a chance and change things.
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2:56 I probably now realize many years down the road that I was an anxiety sufferer, but I was very good at hiding it.
4:32 But by that stage, I thought I was going to be stuck here in cities, something terrible was going to happen.
And then I had a panic attack at work, and that really was the tipping point.
12:00 It all sounds so bad if we only think about the symptoms, but the good side is that we get up, the changes are to reframe.