lifestyle · menopause · Middle aged

Is it on my list?!

New Years eve is here…but am I going to talk about it? Well, NO!

As I have said in a previous post, I wasn’t waiting for New Years eve to start my resolutions…I was going to make my resolutions any time of the year, and I have.  I have started a whole new life this year, it is gradually changed and my plans have grown as the year has gone on, and I really do believe the next year will be FABULOUS!

After all…2017 is the Year of the Mags.

I was also concerned that I wouldn’t make it to midnight to bring in the New Year, and to affirm my resolutions…I think I would rather be in bed by that time! Ahhh…the joys of getting older!

I started working on a new job yesterday…it’s such an exciting project, I came home head buzzing with information and plans were formulating in my head as to how to take the project to the next level.

I have found though that I have to carry a notepad around with me all the time. I think of things, and then within hours, have forgotten. I just remember I had a great idea…my memory is just not what it used to be.

It’s all part of menopause and getting older from what I have been reading. Not so cool really! I used to pride myself on being able to remember so many things…I would carry lists around in my head. Now, I have to keep pin numbers written down (yes, I know I am not supposed to, don’t tell my bank!), write my lists down, and I have even become one of those people that takes lists to the supermarket (Oh, the shame!!).

So yesterday, I found myself being briefed on this new job, and I literally wrote everything down this girl was saying to me. I just couldn’t write fast enough! I was afraid I would walk away and forget everything she said.

Well, I didn’t forget everything, but then when hubby got home from work last night, I had to get my notepad out to be able to tell him everything! Sooooo frustrating!

So why does Menopause cause this? Apparently, Menopause disrupts the balance of hormones in your body. At the same time, your brain contains oestrogen receptors and is responsive to this hormone, helping your brain function better, aiding memory and verbal fluency. When levels of oestrogen in your body drop, it is no wonder that you may suffer unexpected lapses in memory.

All in all, it doesn’t seem fair that this happens (and it is no wonder I suffer mood swings…I get cranky with myself for not being able to remember things!!).

To be honest, I woke up this morning and I had even forgotten it is New Years eve…it was only when my husband mentioned something about fireworks, and I suddenly remembered. Now, I am not sure whether that is to do with oncoming menopause or just down to the fact I was only on my first coffee for the day! Could have been the lack of coffee!

Sometimes, mid-sentence, I will drift off into my own world, and forget what I was talking about. This could just be my brain getting bored with whatever I am talking about, or it could be down to oncoming menopause…again, who knows!

Right, now I know what day of the week it is, I must go…so much to do…

Or so my list for today tells me!

Mags xx


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