Here’s how to get your mojo back…
Talk about it
Talking to people in your life can help them understand what you’re going through so they can support you. With your partner, be straightforward and clear about how hormone changes are affecting your body image and sex drive — that way, they’re less likely to take things personally.
Exercise is the number one way to boost mood and confidence, and get in shape. It will also help you to value your body for what it can do, not just for how it looks. Find something you enjoy, whether that’s belly-dancing, yoga, netball or joining a running club.
Overhaul your lifestyle
Alongside exercise, getting the basics in place can make a surprising difference to your self-esteem and overall mood. Cut back on booze — overdoing it is guaranteed to send anxiety levels rocketing. Eat a healthy, balanced diet, based on lots of fresh, whole foods. And prioritise sleep. It’s not easy if night sweats and anxiety are affecting you, but taking extra steps to unwind before bed can help.
You might not always feel in the mood, but having sex builds self-esteem. It can also boost our libido, reduce pain, improve sleep, and lower blood pressure. Too painful? There are plenty of creams and supplements that can help reduce menopausal symptoms like vaginal dryness.
Seek medical help
If symptoms are affecting your self-esteem, see your GP. If HRT is suitable for you, it can address both physical and emotional symptoms of menopause.