WisePause is a one-day conference bringing together professionals and experts to address the many facets of menopause beyond the popular symptoms. Founder, Denise Pines, named the event “WisePause Lifestyle” because at this age, we are more wise than ever before. So many women are literally “getting a life” after their late 40s! Starting new chapters in our lives. Disrupting Aging! While we are living our lives to the fullest, we cannot ignore the changes our bodies are going through. One of the most incredible aspects of this conference is Ms. Denise pulls together professionals and experts from the host city. This way attendees have local resources to consult after the event.
Yes, we are aging... but we are definitely not stupid!
Needless to say, I thoroughly enjoyed WisePause.
One minute we were speakers and attendees… the next minute, we were a community… a sisterhood.
Truth be told, it was information overload… but in a good way!
If I ran down everything I learned and the 9 pages of notes I took… (Yes, NINE! Not even exaggerating here) this post would be way longer than it already is. After taking the better part of a week and letting the knowledge and my notes soak in, I am able to sum up what I learned as this…
- Managing menopause is about mastering your hormones. How do you master your hormones? In a word… BALANCE. Your whole life needs to be in balance. Not perfect, just in balance. Your mind, your body, your spirit, your lifestyle all must be working with each other, not against.
- You need to educate yourself and the people around you and advocate for you own well-being.
- Your healthcare providers should be your PARTNERS, not dictators. Listen to your body, then make them listen to you! They should be talking with you, not at you. If they want to dismiss you as “getting old,” get a new doctor!
- There are 30-45 symptoms associated with menopause. Therefore your menopause is not your mother’s or your best friend’s or anyone else’s menopause… it’s YOURS and you must address it in the best way that works for you.
- Menopause, like adulting, only sucks if you decide it does. It will definitely suck less if you are open to different, creative ways to heal and cope.
This post is made possible with support from AARP’s Disrupt Aging. All opinions are my own.