10. A cool breeze
Whether it’s a cracked window, a fan, or an office with a perpetually low thermostat setting (you know exactly what we’re talking about), nothing feels better than a cool breeze when you’re dealing with the biggest menopausal symptom- hot flashes.
9. Me time
Is there anything more luxurious than a few hours where you can do anything you want or nothing at all? If you’re stressed and have limited personal time, a free online yoga class, meditation, or a quick jog can work wonders on your mood. (And there’s anything wrong with a Netflix binge session, either.)
8. Vaginal moisturizer
We live in an age where we don’t have to feel helpless against the discomfort of vaginal dryness. If you don’t already have one, now is a great time to gift yourself with a high-quality vaginal moisturizer to alleviate irritation and move on with your life.
7. A great workout
Few things feel better than a good sweat session. It relieves stress, promotes better sleep, and helps elevate mood. If you’re worried about menopause and weight gain, try to get 30 minutes of exercise most days of the week.
6. A heating pad
Whether you reach for a heating pad or another over-the-counter pain reliever to get you through those days when it feels like everything is falling apart, we get it. Learn more about menopause and pain.
5. A healthy sex life
Better sex after menopause? It is possible. When you remove the stress of birth control and add the confidence that only age can bring, it’s no wonder many women are having the best sex of their lives postmenopause.
4. Understanding children
When your kids check in, chip in, and get along, it’s bliss. Savor the moments.
3. A patient partner
A patient partner goes a long way in life — but especially in the lead up to menopause and when you are dealing with menopausal symptoms. It’s not always easy to talk about (or even manage on a day-to-day basis), but it is important to communicate your needs to your partner.
2. Health-focused lifestyle
After 40, your health is Job One, whether it’s getting your first mammogram or keeping up with regular pap smears.
With age comes wisdom and confidence. You’re likely no longer struggling to figure everything out or stressing over every minor detail. You’ve earned your confidence. Be thankful and enjoy it! The best is yet to come.