The Menopause Charity

Juggling menopause, relationships at home and in work and facing the challenges of modern-day living can all be demanding on your time. However, finding time for you is invaluable to boosting our physical and mental health.

Studies[1] show that hobbies can have a positive impact on our mental and physical health.  As well as having regular exercise for heart and bone health, spending time doing things you enjoy will have a beneficial effect on your symptoms and how you’re feeling. Whether that is catching up with friends or spending some much-needed time by yourself – without demands being made on you. These activities are really important for your wellbeing and relaxation.

Reducing stress and anxiety

Menopause can be a stressful and challenging time, and hobbies can provide an effective way to reduce stress and anxiety levels.  Engaging in activities such as painting, knitting or reading can help you to relax and unwind.

Promoting physical activity

Regular exercise is important for maintaining bone density and overall health during menopause.

If cardio or strength training isn’t for you, still make sure you find movement every day;

  • walk to your local shop
  • dance to your favourite song
  • call a friend and walk while you chat
  • take the stairs instead of the lift
  • get outdoors in your garden or the local park exploring new areas of interest

Practising yoga is also proven in helping your wellbeing and can improve menopausal symptoms and sleep.

Whatever works for you, be realistic with your exercise goals – aim to exercise regularly, at least 20 minutes a day, and reduce your sitting time.

Boosting cognitive function

Many hobbies require mental focus and concentration, which can help to improve cognitive function and prevent cognitive decline.  Engaging in activities such as puzzles, crosswords, or learning a new language can help keep the brain active and healthy.

Improving mood

Hobbies can also provide a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction, which can help to improve your mood and reduce feelings of depression or sadness.  When you have something to look forward to and enjoy, it can help you feel more positive and motivated.

Connect with others

Enjoying time with others, trying new activities, or just setting aside time to catch up with friends is a great way to promote your brain’s release of the chemicals oxytocin, dopamine, serotonin and endorphins.  These chemicals support your overall health and wellbeing.

Maybe find a menopause support group so you can share your good days and bad.  Or if you want a different focus, explore volunteering opportunities or consider joining a group such as your local Women’s Institute.

Whatever your hobby, finding a little time for you every day will have a positive impact on your health and wellbeing and social interactions.


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