Have you turned 40? Now, there will be a lot of physical and emotional changes in the body. Thus, you will have to embrace the changes, and lead a healthy life. Women, at 40, your body will go through a lot of transition. There will be hormonal fluctuations, unintentional weight gain despite following the same eating habits or exercise. Women, you will be disheartened as your clothes won’t fit you properly, even if the scale does not show weight gain. Onlymyhealth editorial team spoke Dr. Pratima Thamke, Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist, Motherhood Hospital, Kharghar, about the physical and emotional changes in women while turning 40 and ways to cope up.
Emotional impact on women after 40
Women will have mood swings, and they may feel annoyed, anxious, frustrated, nervous, tensed, angry, sad, tired, depressed, stressed, and anxious from time to time. Furthermore, it will also be difficult to get a good night’s sleep. Not to mention that women will be irritated owing to the change in menstruation. The emotional symptoms can be anxiety, lack of concentration, anger, and mood swings. Women can have heavy bleeding, irregular periods, heavy cramping, longer or shorter duration, and changes in frequency.
Physical changes in women after 40
Did you know? While turning 40, many women tend to notice perimenopause or pre-menopause symptoms. These changes include:
In this phase, the body is beginning to go into menopause. Are you aware? Levels of the reproductive hormones estrogen and progesterone tend to fluctuate. So, the woman may have too much estrogen and too little progesterone. So, there will be a hormonal imbalance. Various signs such as menstrual changes, sleep issues, acne, wrinkles, vaginal dryness, low libido, unwanted hair growth, water retention, hot flashes, night time sweating, dizziness, thinning of hair, dry skin, and urinary dysfunction. But, perimenopause impacts every woman in a different manner. Each and every woman will showcase different symptoms. So, you need to be watchful, and immediately report the changes in the body to your doctor.
2. Other issues
At 40, many women begin to notice that their lives are have changed. Stress can arise owing to personal and professional life. The woman may be worried about her kid’s future, there may be some financial problems. All these factors can set –in anxiety. There will be pressures on her to look at her best. So, surely there can be emotional distress. A woman may find it difficult to hit the sack and may feel irritable.
Embracing Physical And Emotional Changes While Turning 40
What can women do to cope up with these natural changes while turning 40? Some ways include:
1. Staying healthy as you age
You need to make certain lifestyle changes after turning 40. As women age, their metabolism slows down. Try to do yoga, along with cardio fitness, to boost metabolism. Exercise for half-an-hour on a daily basis. Try to do activities of your choice. Eat a well-balanced diet including fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, pulses, and lentils.
2. Be self aware
Women need to be self-aware and make good decisions. Journaling can also be a good option in order to write down feelings. Go out with your friends, laugh, party, and spend valuable time with friends. Avoid self-criticism, and live happily.
3. The take-home message
You will have to accept the transition that occurs in the body, and accept the changes that occur, and improve the quality of life. Accepting is the key to understand your body and these natural physical and emotional changes after 40. You can adjust with the change easily if your mind has accepted it and this is the best take home message for women.