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I’m about 4 years into peri, have had Crohn’s disease for 22 years, and have had bladder issues for about two years. Everything I’ve been told by doctors for all three points to eating healthy foods, getting help for anxiety, and keeping up with my medical checkups. I have struggled with all of it for so long, thinking I could just do as I wanted and things would fall into place. But nothing is getting better by my doing that, of course. I’ve begun to realize that my menopausal journey is trying to tell me that I must slow down. Sugary and caffeinated foods upset my body now. Rushing about just makes me anxious. Not getting enough sleep makes it harder to get through the day. Finding good doctors who really listen is of utmost importance.
I’m starting a self-care journal for keeping track of my health, diet and exercise as well as doctor visits and results. The biggest issue for me is having a sense of control in a phase of life where so much is unpredictable. So many people have told me to do the best I can possibly do with self-care now. I see as I continue to struggle that good advice and counsel only help if I follow them.
If anyone else journals or follows a specific self-care plan, I would love to hear from you. I am serious about this because I have let a lot of things fall apart in my life and I know I can’t afford to give up on my health. It has come down to understanding that I’m not young anymore and can’t get away with just doing whatever I want because it’s taking a serious toll on my mind and body.
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