Tuesday 18 October 2022

Body Confidence and Menopause

Today is "World Menopause Day" - something that didn't get spoken of just one generation ago. Thanks to Davina McCall starting with "Sex, Myths and the Menopause" the UK is amplifying talk of menopause of late - even in workplaces, and I remain here for it as I continue to navigate (peri?-)menopause.

As my body changes - more tummy, less waist; more skin issues, less hair - I've obviously reflected on the impact of these changes on my body image, and what I might offer the menopause and body confidence communities I am part of.

I'd suggest nobody is body confident all the time, and I know I'm certainly not. That's why there's a focus on body neutrality - the idea that we should focus on accepting our bodies as they are, and on what they can do (though the latter part requires consideration with regards to ableism). Body neutrality is a good base for coping with Menopause and Perimenopause changes to our bodies, and to add to that I've been telling myself the following:


There are some great Facebook pages, Twitter and Instagram accounts offering more ideas along with community, humour and information. I've personally engaged with 'Perimenopost' run by Lorna Ives, and mindful that experiences are different for black and brown women*, I have engaged with Nina from Black Women in Menopause and Karen Arthur on the subject also.

Find out more about Lorna's work at www.perimenopost.com, follow Karen Arthur's "Menopause Whilst Black" (great on Insta) and Nina is best found on Twitter.

What are your thoughts and tips in this space? 

Stay Fabulous,

*I cannot comment on the experience of other minority groups such as the trans community hence the absence of any reference. Please feel free to share your thoughts and experiences with me respectfully.

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Thursday 6 October 2022

A peom

Happy National Poetry Day 2022.

The theme: Environment. This works... as we live in our bodies and need to create a safe mind-space for it, so here we are!

A poem by me. Enjoy 😊

https://www.canva.com/design/DAFOTu6TTxw/view for a clearer view,

Does it resonate for you?

What would your "Dear Body" poem say?

If poetry doesn't work for you, why not freefall write your thoughts or write a standard letter and post it to yourself.

All the Best, Dx

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