Some women feel like menopause marks the beginning of the downhill slide in their lives. However, what if that notion doesn’t have to be the case? What if, instead, women at any age – including the menopausal transition – can recalibrate their life to become a “goddess” who becomes ageless?
That’s the premise of Dr. Christiane Northrup’s new book, “Goddesses Never Age: The Secret Prescription for Radiance, Vitality, and Well-Being.” Dr. Northrup should be well-known to members of this community because she has written several books about menopause that have become classics. Her newest book also should find a spot on your bedside table.
The book is broken up into 12 chapters that address areas as diverse as pleasure, exercise, food, sex. The book also offers a 14-day program to help women become ageless goddesses. Some of her key points include the following:
- Women should tap into their intuitive senses to help them maintain their health and well-being.
- We should ignore the cultural cues that we are decreasing in value as we age. Instead, we need to embrace the idea that increased age brings value and competence. Furthermore, it’s important to make decisions that counteract the ageist thoughts that American culture reinforces through policy decisions, advertising – and even the senior discount offered by so many corporations and businesses. In fact, Dr. Northrup encourages women to stop taking the senior discount since it pegs you as older in the eyes of others (and reinforces messages of aging to you).
- Your tribe – the people with whom you spend the most time – can have a tremendous impact on your overall health. Therefore, it’s really important to hang out with people who are “young at heart” and avoid people who have an “old” mentality (whether they are 80 or 18 years of age).
I’ve already adopted some of her recommendations, including: moving regularly during the day; avoiding identifying my age to others; and listening more to my inner voice. If you’d like to learn more, I’d encourage you to watch Dr. Northrup’s conversation with Oprah Winfrey on Super Soul Sunday:
Here’s to being an ageless goddess
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Primary Sources for This Sharepost:
Northrup, C. (2015). Goddesses Never Age: The Secret Prescription for Radiance, Vitality, and Well-Being. Hay House, Inc.
Dorian Martin writes about various topics for HealthCentral, including Alzheimer’s disease, diet/exercise, menopause and lung cancer. Dorian is a health and caregiving advocate living in College Station, TX. She has a Ph.D. in educational human resource development. Dorian also founded I Start Wondering, which encourages people to embrace a life-long learning approach to aging. She teaches Sheng Zhen Gong, a form of Qigong. Follow Dorian on Twitter at @dorianmartin, Facebook or Instagram at @doriannmartin.