The editors of TravelAwaits are proud to prepare stories and ideas from inspiring women who live, work and travel around the world. From RVing Alaska to living on a zambia bush farm, our writers represent a beautiful and exciting diversity. And they have one thing in common: they’re over 50 years old.
In 2004, the blockbuster 13 Going on 30 gave us “Thirty and Flirtatious and Prosperous” (thank you, young Jenna Rink / Jennifer Garner), and one of my favorite fashion influences, Aeberhard Stutz (a Zurich-based New Zealander) of FunkyForty has created a whole brand and magazine around the conviction that, “After all, 40 something is still young!”
But thinking about our 50s? For many of us, this invites the word M – menopause – to come out of the shadows and into our conscious minds. And it can lead to a lot of misconceptions and fears. Luckily for us and our readers, in addition to drawing inspiration from our day-to-day adventurous writers, we have also partnered with the women-led intimacy product company Kindra to spark real, complete conversations about menopause.
Last month we explored the amazing mental signs of menopause, from sleep problems to forgetfulness. This month, some of our more than 50 contributors share things they wish they had known about menopause before they turned 50. Get ready to be amazed, delighted and polite for your ideas.
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1. Let go of what others think
Cindy Ladage of Traveling Adventures of a Farm Girl is a regular contributor to TravelAwaits who shares tips on topics from her favorite pastries in Illinois to tips for visiting a flea market for the first time.
What she wanted to know before she turned 50: put aside what others think. “There are so many decisions that women make based on what they think they should do instead of what they want to do. While, of course, duty demands that we make some decisions based on love or simply out of necessity, if we reject the concern of public opinion, I think of how much happier we would be at a younger age. . Aging is a liberating thing because many of us allow ourselves to be the way we want to be. “
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2. Don’t count yourself out
Ann Marie McQueen, a Canadian journalist, moved to the United Arab Emirates in 2008 to help launch The National newspaper in Abu Dhabi. He never thought he would stay that long, but he loves “living in the middle of the world in a country that hosts more than 200 nationalities.”
He has traveled to more than 40 countries since his move and, in addition to working independently, has launched hotflash inc, a platform to age and go through menopause.
Ann Marie’s birthday is just days away. “I turned 51 on May 28,” he told us, “and I couldn’t be more excited about my life. Of course, it’s not perfect. But I have a real purpose with hotflash inc, which I’m incorporating into my own business.” , and I have dealt with many of the traumas and poor coping mechanisms that held me back when I was young.I have not yet gone through menopause, but I already feel real freedom and it is amazing.All the older women I know tell me that only improvement, that’s why my slogan is “This is going to a good place.”
He also shared: “What I would like to know before the age of 50 (and much earlier) is not to tell myself: the boy, the job, the thing you want to do in your heart.”
“One more thing I would like my self to know: don’t fill your feelings. It won’t kill you by sitting through some hard emotions; it will make you more honest, stronger, and when you learn how, it will dramatically reduce anxiety. that you are feeling “.
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3. “Your mother wasn’t crazy”
“And neither are you,” author Kimberly King told us. He was talking about suffocation.
“Don’t laugh at people with hot flashes! They are real! And they are impossible to control. So don’t stare or joke if you see one happening! And if you have one, breathe and remember that it is only part of this awkward process. You are not alone and it will happen! They always do! ”
Elizabeth Green, a 72-year-old British-born author and businesswoman who now calls home in New York (and who recently participated in a Juicy Mountain Rustic Health Retreat in Turkey) seconded him. “I have lived on three continents, but thank God during menopause I was at home in my own bed. Now ask me how women and sweat from a place as hot as India, where I lived for two years, can cope with sweat and heat! ”.
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4. Cool and warm up with these tips
Beyond seizing on the empathy of the flash, Kimberly told us that she is 51 years old and that “she is menopausal.”
She still loves to travel and, as a retired navy woman, has traveled all over the world. Before the pandemic, she enjoyed a wonderful trip to Rome with her daughter and her “absolute favorite destination” is Nicaragua, where she participated in a yoga retreat and stayed at the luxurious TreeCasa resort.
At home and during his travels, he recommends breathing techniques (“Taking a few simple breaths in the ocean can calm you down”) and doing hot yoga.
It may seem counterintuitive (considering hot flashes!), But Kimberly told us in her experience that it helps stimulate endorphins and helps you maintain a well-balanced overall feeling. And it’s global! You can take a class anywhere if you need a cooling down “.
Not interested in hot yoga? That’s all right. Michelle Davies, a professional trainer and co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Best Ever Guide To Life, says regular physical activity is key and advises choosing activities that best suit your lifestyle and fitness. “Due to the change in hormone levels, menopausal women tend to lose muscle mass and increase fat in the middle section. That’s why it’s important to maintain physical activity, especially when you approach 50. It won’t just help maintaining the extra weight, but it will contribute a lot to regulate the general mood thanks to an increase of the hormones for the sensation ”.
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5. Feed yourself at all times
Michelle also said women need to adopt self-care during and after menopause. “At this point, the kids have probably grown up or you may have already spent the hectic years of building your career. So now is the time to be a little more selfish. Now you have the luxury of being more relaxed and spending more time exploring things you enjoy and enjoy. Take the time to travel to new places or take up a new hobby ”.
For Cindy Maricle, an essential oil enthusiast and advocate for women’s health, that means yes to spontaneous travel invitations, including a recent impromptu week in Maui, and Michelle said she has incorporated more practices. self-care as she has more time for herself. “I devoted myself to journaling and meditation. I also spend a lot of time walking and exploring the outdoors ”.
Cindy told us she wished she had been able to hear her body and pivot faster before going through menopause.
She now feeds on herself at every opportunity: “soak in an aromatherapy bath or have a refreshing cold sparkling drink.”
“If they will consent to me, it is up to me,” he said, “and he deserves it!”
6. Expect itchy skin
For Cindy, pampering means simple, inexpensive, and luxurious ways to treat herself and her friends, including home spa experiences such as lavender steam facials, foot soaks, and deep cleansing masks. Viously, obviously, many of these menopausal self-care regimens are focused on the skin, which makes sense given the hormonal changes and skin changes that menopause entails.
Cindy said she focuses on supporting her skin naturally, staying well hydrated and supplementing with collagen, natural progesterone and superfoods.
Did curiosity arouse? Check out Kindra’s guide to hydrating yourself from the inside out and her skin-friendly complementary tips, and you know that according to Kimberly, keeping your body hydrated by drinking plenty of water and using a moisturizing lotion can save you time at the doctor because probably not I don’t have poison ivy. In her experience, “itching on the skin is one of those weird side effects of menopause.”
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7. This is when life begins!
Singer-songwriter Belinda Fraley Huesman calls herself out of menopause and aims to “write” the evil of ethanism through the power of history and song.
She told us that turning 50 is when life begins. “Adventure awaits and, although the seasons of life bring change, it is an invitation to reinvent ourselves and believe in the beauty of our dreams.”
“This is not our mother’s menopause with misinformation about change. We are well-informed and confident women who age fearlessly and challenge boundaries. By inspiring women to live their truth, we can change the paradigm, transform the perception of menopause, and pass on the generational knowledge that our mothers and grandmothers were afraid to talk about. ”
Belinda shared the words of her own mother, who died at the age of 54: “Don’t be my age and have a wish list of things you want to fulfill. Go for it, even if you fail. It won’t be because you didn’t try it. “
She went on to say, “Those words encouraged me to believe that 50 can be the beginning of something new. For me, it was to honor my talent for writing and singing and to use my voice to encourage the women to find the girl they left behind and believe in the beauty of their dreams ”.
Finally, Cindy suggests that menopause and beyond is a time “to focus on gratitude, allowing instead of striving, attracting instead of promoting, dreaming instead of setting goals, mindset instead of strategy, relating more than producing, listening instead of talking and winning more than losing. “
Have what you like (from enjoying more comfortable shoes to enjoying your food and wine, two Kimberly recommendations with which I already echo!), Kindra Journal and the product range offer an education and support accessible menopause that deserve your consideration. established an online community of supportive women, who can also join.