Episode 38

The Mind and the Menopause with Sally Garozzo

Published on: 9th May, 2024

In this episode, we tackle the important topic of the connection between menopause and the mind. Sally Garozzo, a specialist in this area, provides insightful perspectives on how menopause affects not just physical changes but also impacts a woman's mindset, emotions, behavior, and overall sense of self.

Key learnings:

1. Menopause is a complete life transition that goes beyond just physical symptoms. It affects a woman's mental health, decision-making, habits, and how she views herself and the world around her.

2. Common psychological symptoms during perimenopause and menopause include anxiety, insomnia, overwhelm, burnout, identity loss, and low mood or depression.

3. Understanding the changes happening during this phase is empowering and can help alleviate fear and confusion.

4. Practicing self-care, embracing biorhythms (sleep patterns, seasonal changes), and engaging in strength training can significantly improve both physical and mental well-being during this transition.

5. For business owners and entrepreneurs, it's crucial to reassess the alignment between personal values, goals, and the business vision, making adjustments as needed to accommodate the changes brought about by menopause.

Show Notes with Timestamps:

0:00 - 2:00 - Introduction to the topic of menopause and its impact on the mind.

2:00 - 6:00 - Sally's definition of the "mind part" of menopause and how it affects mindset, decisions, and self-perception.

6:00 - 10:00 - Psychological symptoms during perimenopause, such as anxiety, insomnia, and identity shifts.

10:00 - 14:00 - The importance of understanding and addressing psychological symptoms, rather than solely treating them with medication.

14:00 - 18:00 - Discussing the concept of "psychological homeostasis" and how menopause can disrupt familiar thought patterns and behaviors.

18:00 - 22:00 - Unpacking the role of guilt and the need to rebel against societal norms and expectations.

22:00 - 26:00 - The significance of aligning with natural biorhythms, slowing down, and listening to the body's needs.

26:00 - 30:00 - Embracing an existential perspective and facing the finitude of life to prioritize self-care.

30:00 - 34:00 - The benefits of strength training and physical activity for mental and physical well-being during menopause.

34:00 - 38:00 - Advice for business owners and entrepreneurs on aligning personal values, goals, and business vision during menopause.

38:00 - 40:00 - Closing thoughts and encouragement for listeners to reflect on the key learnings.

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Sal Jefferies

I’m Sal - Human Performance Coach, Educator and Founder.

Everything I coach and teach is what I practice in my life. Mindset work including psychological and emotional development. And for my physical health, I do strength training, fitness and breathing practices. In all areas, I'm constantly learning and always growing.

At mid-life, I'm curious to how we can shape the second half of our life whilst using the latest science and learning's from psychology, emotional regulation and physical health. Over the last 25 years, I have immersed myself in many Eastern influences from philosophy, yoga and meditation. I find in our current world, there's much to learn by combining the latest science with ancient wisdom.

For me, working on the mind is paramount. Also, remaining fit, healthy and curious helps me increase performance, find fulfilment and create peace of mind. I believe this is important both a personal and professional life.

My professional endeavours, which inform my work, include:
Human Performance Coaching (for Founders), Contemporary Psychotherapist, Yoga Teacher, Strength & Conditioning Trainer and Breathwork Trainer. Before this latest chapter of my life, I've been a Photographer, Advertising Exec & Dancer.

When I'm not working, educating or learning, I'll be out with my dogs by the sea in Brighton, UK.