This is a very important transition for everyone
Sedona, AZ (PRWEB) June 26, 2008
Hale Dwoskin, featured teacher in the blockbuster book and film "The Secret" and author of The New York Times bestseller The Sedona Method, has revealed how to most sensitively and effectively live with those experiencing menopause.
Around the age of 51 most American women enter a transitional phase during which both menstruation and fertility end. To actually hit "menopause" takes about a year for most women, and the time in between and before can be trying to say the least.
Ironically, save for a decline in "introspectiveness" and an increase in hot flashes, a study in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology actually found that the majority of women do not experience negative mental health consequences during menopause.
That said, the majority of women who have gone through menopause -- along with the husbands and other family members who have gone through it with them -- would likely beg to differ. Many women report experiencing profound emotional changes, equivalent to full-time PMS, during menopause. The emotional rollercoaster can include:
-Anxiety and tension
-Lack of motivation
These emotions can appear long before a woman officially hits menopause -- sometimes four or five years before. On a physical level, changes in hormones are responsible for many of the symptoms, including the sleep disturbances, thinning hair, and increased tummy fat that can also occur.
But on an emotional level, menopause is difficult for women to face because it signals they're getting older. It can also imply that a woman's sexuality or even her usefulness as a female are somehow gone.
At the same time, not all changes that happen during menopause are negative, points out Hale Dwoskin, CEO and director of training of Sedona Training Associates.
"This is a very important transition for everyone," he says. "In addition to all the various physical changes, a woman transitions away from being there for others to starting to remember to take care of herself. This often can be misinterpreted, however it is a very healthy transition."
The mood swings and change in attitude that accompany menopause can make it a challenging time for others in the household. Husbands may feel that their wives' newfound interest in yoga, ceramics or golf means that she doesn't care about them as much -- when in reality she's just exploring her own needs -- for instance.
Or they may be shocked by her sudden outburst or fit of tears, and not know how to react.
So what is the best way?
"The best way you can support both yourself and a woman going through menopause is to simply allow her to have her own experience and to be exactly as she is," Dwoskin says. "The feelings that come up at this time are just like any feelings. They are not facts, they are not the person and they can be released.
For ANYONE who has not yet explored the concept of releasing, now is the perfect time to do so ... including those who are going through menopause or are close to those who are. When people release, something that's simple to learn using The Sedona Method, they will be able to have a clarity and peace of mind that they may never have experienced before.
This is because releasing helps people stay focused on the big picture, rather than getting caught up in each mood swing or disagreement.
"Also remember that if a woman is behaving differently or she is taking care of herself more this is a step forward not backward," Dwoskin says. "Most important, do not take her changes in attitude and behavior personally."
If people follow this advice, and continue to release any feelings this transition brings up, they will sail through menopause -- their own or their loved one's -- with far greater ease.
"And if your partner is open to it," Dwoskin adds, "you can be there both to listen to what she's going through and to offer releasing assistance if desired."
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For more insights on the topic of releasing, Hale Dwoskin, New York Times Best-Selling author of The Sedona Method, featured expert in the film and New York Times bestseller "The Secret," and CEO and Director of Training of Sedona Training Associates, is available for interviews. Sedona Training Associates is an organization that teaches courses based on the emotional releasing techniques originated by Hale Dwoskin's mentor, Lester Levenson. Dwoskin is an international speaker and featured faculty member at Esalen and the Omega Institute. For over a quarter century, he has regularly been teaching The Sedona Method techniques to individuals and corporations throughout the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. Visit http://www.Sedona.com .