What does life look like after menopause?
It’s easy to understand some women’s hesitation about what life will look like after menopause, especially when it’s been a rough trot with the symptoms many women experience during these changing years.
In addition to the physical symptoms of menopause, some women experience anxiety or depression, while others may feel a sense of relief and freedom from the burden of menstruation and birth control.
Despite these changes, many women continue to lead active and fulfilling lives after menopause. They may pursue new hobbies and interests, travel, volunteer, or spend time with family and friends. Some women may also experience a renewed sense of purpose and meaning in their lives as they enter a new phase of adulthood.
The face of menopause is changing rapidly, as celebrities, politicians and influencers bring menopause out of the shadows and into modern day life. Governments are entertaining the possibility of introducing menopause leave to give greater understanding and flexibility to women in the workplace.
Celebrities are using their influence to share their experiences, good and bad, in the hope that by speaking about menopause, it becomes normalised as just another life phase and not a burden to bear alone.
Life after menopause can be fulfilling and exciting, with time to finally do all the things you have been yearning for.
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Take a solo trip or join a group tour to explore new places and cultures.
Plan a "bucket list" trip to a dream destination.
Use retirement or post-menopausal years to travel more frequently, as there are no longer concerns about pregnancy or menstruation interfering with travel plans.
Take advantage of senior discounts for transportation, accommodations, and activities.
Get involved with a local or international charity or non-profit organisation.
Use skills and expertise gained over a lifetime to mentor younger individuals or give back to the community.
Volunteer for causes that are personally meaningful or align with personal values.
Connect with other like-minded individuals and build new social connections.
Prioritise regular physical exercise, such as yoga, swimming, dancing, or hiking.
Explore new hobbies or activities that promote physical and mental well-being, such as painting or meditation.
Take care of physical, mental, and emotional health conditions through lifestyle changes.
Spend more time with adult children and grandchildren.
Reconnect with siblings or other extended family members.
Host family gatherings or events to stay connected.
Take family trips or vacations together and make lasting memories.
Support children or grandchildren in achieving their goals, such as attending college or pursuing a new career.
Life after menopause can all seem a little daunting at first with so much free time on your hands, but it can also be a time of growth, exploration, and new opportunities. With proper self-care and a supportive network, women can navigate this transition and continue to thrive into the best years of their life.
Written by Mona Hecke
Mona Hecke is a degree qualified Naturopath, nutrition specialist and health and wellness writer.
With over 20 years in the health industry, beginning with a focus on children and families, and a bestselling book ‘The Lunchbox Revolution’, Mona is now empowering women through education and conversation to take action and embrace change. Gut health, mindfulness, nutrition, hormones, and menopause are the topics that women want and need to know to create their healthy future.
Mona holds certifications in Lifestyle Coaching, Kinesiology, holistic herbal medicine, and nutrition.
A recognised leader in the health industry, Mona’s strong social media presence and passion for influencing change will continue to be a catalyst for health reform for the benefit of every Australian.