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Menopause made me do it......or forget to do it.

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Forgetfulness during menopause is like hosting an unruly party in your brain – things are scattered, names are slipping through the cracks, and your memory feels like it's playing hide and seek. I know, I have been there, and sometimes I am still there. But, let's tackle this memory maze with a dash of humor and wisdom.

First things first, don't panic. Forgetfulness is a natural part of the menopausal journey. Instead of dwelling on what you've forgotten, celebrate the fact that you're not alone in this mental escapade. Your colleagues are probably having their own 'senior moments' too!

Embrace your inner organisational guru. Invest in a fabulous, colourful planner, sticky notes, and digital reminders. Create a system that works for you. It's like having a personal assistant for your memory, and it can be a lifesaver.

Take a break to clear your mental clutter. Find a quiet space, breathe deeply, and let the fog lift. Mindfulness exercises, like meditation and deep breathing, can help sharpen your focus.

Maintain a healthy lifestyle. A brain-friendly diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids, regular exercise, and good sleep patterns can help boost cognitive function. If you are having difficulty sleeping, there are plenty of free sleep Apps that can help.

Hydrate like it's your job, and avoid overloading on caffeine and sugar, which can add to the forgetfulness.

Celebrate your victories, no matter how small they may be, with your tribe of cheerleaders. (Did I forget to mention that we ALL need a tribe of cheerleaders?) Every recollection, no matter how insignificant it may seem, is a win. Laugh at your slip-ups; after all, laughter is the best memory enhancer.

Forgetfulness during menopause is simply another comical quirk in the grand story of womanhood. It's a reminder that life's chapters are full of twists and turns, and this one, though it may be a bit foggy, is still worth celebrating. So, keep your sense of humor intact and embrace your 'scatterbrain' moments with grace and a wink!

Jody Webster

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