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BEcoming - Episode 2


In this episode, Victoria discusses the physical and emotional shifts that come with perimenopause and shares tips and strategies for navigating them. She emphasizes the importance of prioritizing both physical and emotional well-being during this time. Some common physical symptoms of perimenopause include irregular periods, hot flashes, and changes in hormone levels. Emotionally, women may experience mood swings, anxiety, and a shift in identity. Victoria provides practical tips for maintaining physical health, such as regular check-ins with healthcare practitioners and focusing on nutrition and exercise. She also suggests stress-reducing techniques and activities that bring joy and help unwind for emotional well-being.

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Welcome back to Victoria L, your Women's Holistic Health Strategist. I'm here today because we are continuing with our six part mini series on Becoming, right? So today we are talking in episode two about embracing the change, navigating the physical and emotional shifts that come along with perimetopause. And we're really diving into a crucial topic, I believe, you know, embracing the change that is happening in our bodies.

Specifically today we'll explore how to navigate the physical and the emotional shifts that come with perimetopause. I'm going to share with you the tips and tricks and strategies that have worked for myself and other people that have utilized them so that hopefully you can take what resonates with you and build for yourself some strategies perhaps to start to allow you to embrace what's going on in your body. But first,

Let's recap a bit from our last episode. So last week we talked about the importance of shifting that mindset from the doing back to the being. And I shared some really personal insights on how this shift has impacted my life. If you've missed it, I do encourage you to go back and have a listen. I do think there was a lot of great stuff that you can grab from that episode, but let's jump into

today's discussion in episode two here. So before we actually dive deep into this topic, I wanted to share with you some of the feedback that I got off of the social media, Instagram posts that I put out in relation to episode one, right? So we did receive, I received some really wonderful stories, some questions, and a lot of stuff about your experiences with perimetopause and the journey

that you're trying to take on how you can just kind of be present with what's happening and how the shifts are happening in your body. So I really appreciate you sharing with us. And one of you, one person on the Instagram reached out and shared something that I thought, you know, we probably can really relate to. She shared how she struggles with more so the physical symptoms of perimetopause because she's trying really hard to maintain her busy life and her busy career.

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she realized that she needed to start to prioritize her wellbeing and was trying to find a new balance in life. She shared a story that I think resonates with so many of us, right? As we navigate this phase that trying to keep up with it all is really difficult. And so I really appreciate that share. And I really, I really do think that, you know, this resonates with so many of us. So thank you for taking the time.

to share that story with me on the Instagram page. So, perimetopause. You know, we talk about it a lot. We do, because that's what we're here for. But perimetopause brings a whole range of physical changes that can vary from woman to woman, right? It's important to understand that these changes that are happening, what exactly they are, maybe, you know,

feel so you don't feel so alone. So you feel like you can effectively navigate and manage through them. One of the most common symptoms that you guys have reached out to me on is the irregular periods, right? So our menstrual cycle may become shorter and you become longer may experience heavier or lighter bleeding. The hot flashes, the night night sweats, all are really prevalent and they're super disruptive. They may cause you to have sleep issues.

They may affect your daily lives really. Additionally, changes in hormone levels can affect bone health and metabolism. We did a whole podcast on that just a little while ago. So you can find that back in the back a little couple of weeks ago. So it's crucial to stay really proactive about maintaining overall physical wellbeing during this time, as well as our mental wellbeing. And

beyond just those physical things, right? There's a lot that happens physically with our bodies. And I found for myself that a lot of the physical things that are happening are also affecting my mental state of being. So perimenopause can also really stir up a whole whirlwind of emotions. Not only do we have the fluctuating hormone levels that can lead to the mood swings, irritability,

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feelings of anxiety, depression. Many also report a shift in their sense of identity, their shift in purpose. For a lot of us, this phase of life also encompasses, you know, that shift from being maybe full -time mom, full -time wife to now what, right? So during this phase, it's essential to prioritize our emotional wellbeing. It really is an important shift to make.

This might involve seeking support from friends, family, reaching out for help with a counselor or a therapist, doing those things you need to prioritize your own mental health at this time. Journaling can also be a super powerful tool for processing emotions and gaining clarity. Like I've shared with you guys, I love my morning journaling practice. It provides so many benefits for me.

beyond just getting things on paper, there's so much that has come from that practice. And I'm so, I'm grateful for my gratitude practice first thing in the morning. And I'd love to share with you a really personal reflection on how perimetopause has affected me emotionally. Because like many of you, I do find myself grappling with mood swings, with moments of deep introspection or like depressive feelings.

It was a period of, at the beginning, of really questioning and reevaluating priorities, right? Through mindfulness practices and seeking support, I learned that I needed to find ways that I could navigate these emotional shifts with more ease, with more grace, with more self -compassion. Removing that I have to function better, I have to do this better, I shouldn't be angry, I shouldn't be feeling these things.

and finding a way to navigate emotions without labeling them as good or bad, just as they are, right? They're just emotions. So let's discuss some practical tips that I would love to share with you that I've used, that others in our program have used for navigating both the physical and emotional aspects of perimetaphs, right? Because it's a thing. It's a thing. So physical health.

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maintain your regular check -ins with yourself, right? Doing those things that, you know, checking in on your hormone levels, doing your self -rest exam. There's the thermal imaging is a really great way to check on how your body, how your physical health is doing. Make sure that you are tuning into your body and

Bring to your healthcare practitioners, whether you're working with a naturopathic doctor or an endocrinologist or somebody that actually is going to listen to you and allow you to navigate this phase. If you're having a lot of these symptoms and troubles, reach out and discuss those symptoms or concerns that you have with these people, with your health coaches, your perimetopause health coaches, your nutritional people. Do not...

Hesitate to ask for guidance on managing the symptoms that you have on those things like the hot flashes, the irregular periods. Ask for the help. Okay. Open the dialogue, open the conversation. That's number one. Second is nutrition. In this phase, I don't know about you, but I am super, super more sensitive to certain foods than I've ever been in my life. So I'm really

Really looking at how can I use my nutrition as a way to fully nourish my body? How do I use it to love my body? We talked about this in the group a couple of weeks ago in the 28 day strategy. One of the whole modules was shifting your mind frame around food, right? So focus on those balanced plates, rich in fruits and vegetables.

getting your whole grains, getting your lean proteins, right? Consider foods that are rich in calcium and vitamin D. If you're concerned for the state of your bone health, that's a really important one as well. And then exercise. This can be as simple as getting out for those walks guys, like how many times I'm going to say go for a walk, get out in nature, go connect, right? Incorporating regular physical activity into your daily routine because exercise is not just

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to live a healthy weight, right? Or to lose weight or to manage a healthy weight. It is also gonna help with your bone strength. It boosts your mood, it gives you better energy. All these things just from getting out and moving your body, right? There's so many benefits to that one little thing. Use the 28 Day Strategy Guide to follow your cycle and work out alongside your cycle.

Do the gentle work in menstruation. Go hard and go, you know, get the HIIT workouts done in your follicular phase. Let's really follow what our body needs exercise wise. And our emotional wellbeing. This is a big thing. So many of you have reached out to me and asked questions about the perimenopause rage because it's a thing or the feelings of, you know, you're emotionally overwhelmed.

same ditto there. You know, I feel like I personally really feel like because I was so busy doing for so many years, doing for everybody else, doing, doing, doing that when it finally hit me that I needed to be present with myself, all the emotions that I suppressed so that I could continue to do. I'm now asking for their moment. They're 15 seconds of fame, right?

They're asking to be let out. They're asking to be moved through and it's difficult. It's a lot. So, you know, practicing those stress reducing techniques, getting my meditation, my deep breathing. I love breath work, EFT tapping as well. I love using that as a tool to navigate these big things that come up, journaling, yoga.

If these are things that you also want to try to look into, please reach out. We have an amazing five day trial that's free that incorporates all these awesome things. I'd love to send it to you. Find activities that bring you joy and help you unwind. Maybe that's act throwing. Who knows? Maybe it's maybe it's doing the one of those smash rooms, whatever it is.

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Find a thing that brings you joy and allows you to unwind because I want you to remember, I know you've probably heard this a million times, self -care is not selfish and it doesn't need to look like anything for anybody else, right? Your self -care, if you connect with yourself and provide the care that you need for you, it doesn't need to look like anything else for anyone else. It's essential for you being able to navigate through this part of life.

with resilience, with vitality and really connecting to yourself. So before we wrap up this episode, I want to hear from you. Okay. I want you guys to continue to be a part of this conversation over this six part mini series. How are you managing the physical and emotional changes of perimetopause? What strategies are working for you? How are you showing up for you in a way that allows you to be present instead of doing

all the things that you think you need to do. Right? So share your stories, reach out on the website, treepoles .online or Instagram and let's talk, right? I would love to hear your stories, ask you questions, come to the podcast and join the conversation. Your insights on this are really invaluable to the community and it helps me bring forward for you guys what you need to hear, what you need help with. Right?

You can reach out to us like I said on the website or on social media. Continue to support each other on this journey because together we are learning how to be whole all in our own. Thank you so much for joining me on this episode of Becoming the Perimetopause Journey. Next week we actually explore the impact of perimetopause on our relationships, on how to nurture

really meaningful connections during this transformative time because those connections are so important. And I just want to remind you to subscribe to rate to review the podcast. Your feedback is really helping you grow and reach more women who can benefit from these discussions, right? We need to open and talk about these things. So next time we meet, we can really connect deeper and have

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have more deep conversations. All right guys that's it for me today so take care of yourselves and embrace the changes with ease and grace.

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