I’d like to wish everyone a very merry Christmas and I want to thank you all for your support throughout this difficult year.
As many of you know, my mission is to help improve the lives of women and those around them, and I feel strongly that all women should be able easily to access factual, up-to-the-minute and helpful menopause information, to enable them to make good choices and support each other.
Regardless of how we feel right now, it’s really important that we concentrate on supporting everyone we love and care about over the holiday season.
Write a gratitude list. I know I say this often, but it’s so important. Embrace the things that you’re grateful for. It really helps to acknowledge what matters to us. The Covid vaccine is being rolled out, and life will slowly return to something more like our everyday routines. I’m eternally grateful to the scientists, doctors, nurses, key workers and everyone who has been on the front line.
Reach out to your friends and family this Christmas – even if you’re not seeing them in person. I’ve realised how much mine mean to me over the course of this year. Life is about the experiences you share with those you love.
If you’re lucky enough to be having people over, and you’re feeling a bit menopausal slaving over that hot stove, just ask for help. Don’t do it all yourself. Get your family to join in with the food preparation and the setting of the table. Just enjoy the fact that you’re together.
If you’re spending time on your own, make sure it’s special. Indulge yourself. Do something you love, whether that’s going for a walk – being out in nature always lifts me – or watching back-to-back movies. Be kind to yourself.
I had hoped to spend Christmas with my dad. When we discussed it, he said something that triggered such an emotional response in me: “I’ve had seventy-odd wonderful Christmases, and so many of them have been with you that one or two alone just wouldn’t matter.” It made me realise how much I miss my mum in these difficult times. It’s the love that counts.
I wish you all so much love for the festive season. Here’s to a year of blessings and beyond.
Good health to you all in 2021. Things are going to get better.
Lots of love,