"Doctor, tell me what I should do. I am 50 years old. Until 50, I was a
calm and even-tempered person. At the present time, because of aging, I do not
recognize myself: I am irritable, whiny, I have trouble sleeping, I have no
strength. I find it hard to stand during the church service. I am first hot,
then cold. I perspire, my head spins. I have begun to pray less, I am not able
to cope with household tasks. What should I do? Respectfully, E.K."
Dear E.K.! As you have correctly diagnosed, the well-known symptoms of
menopause are at the root of your problem. Many changes are occurring in your
organism in connection with hormonal reconstruction. The complaints which you
listed are, unfortunately, typical.
First of all, I want to calm you down. This time will pass, and your
feelings will normalize. All you need is time and patience. You are neither the
first nor the last. Do not demand the former level of activity of yourself. The
spiritual conflict is born precisely because the woman automatically tries to
remain at original levels, be just as active as before, cope with everything,
but at this time this is either very difficult or simply impossible.
Therefore calm down, reconcile yourself to the fact that you are just a bit
ill. Talk to your household. If you have grown children, then this is the
perfect time for them to roll up their sleeves and help in the house.
In church, one should choose a less occupied area, where there is more air.
Everything can be organized; it is not worth panicking or getting discouraged.
Tinctures of soothing herbs will greatly help. It is good to eat honey; eat
dried apricots, raisins, take multivitamins. Walks outdoors are very healthy.
I will also add that now there are medicinal mixtures of various properties
and actions, eliminating the ill effects of menopause.
It is interesting to note the following in the spiritual level. At this
time, a woman’s naturally negative sides of her character (read: sins) can
become more acute. Say, if a woman earlier felt a tendency toward melancholy or
irritability, these characteristics clearly become more felt, and she can no
longer control herself. Take this into account. May the Lord grant you health
and spiritual peace.
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