Along our paths, there are a few practices that can bring mindfulness and a sense of calm and well-being into our lives. Bring these into your day through how you relate to yourself and the world around you. Begin your day with the mantra “I am walking through this phase of my life with compassion, patience, and fearlessness.” Repeat throughout the day as needed.

Compassion

Be compassionate to yourself and others. It’s a wild ride, and your body is trying to establish a new way of being. Always remember that your hormones, body, and emotions are in flux. Be compassionate and forgive yourself for the ups and downs. Show yourself love, and your body will reward you.

Also, be compassionate to those around you. Especially men. They really have no idea what you are going through, and being around someone who is on a rollercoaster is difficult. Be open and honest with them.

Patience

Remember that this too shall pass. All the waves, ups and downs are a means to an end. If you get through this time with grace, openness, and curiosity, a new found calm awaits. For some women, this takes a couple of years, for some it takes a decade. Be patient and remember that it is a process with a timeline.

Fearlessness

Between physical symptoms and emotional ups and downs, it’s easy to feel like we are losing our minds. We aren't. Our hormones highly regulate our emotions and stress response. It will sort itself out. Walk into this time with fearlessness of the unknown, and walk confidently down the path you are on. This is a natural part of a woman's life that can bring great wisdom and mastery if you embrace it and go with the flow. Don’t be afraid of change. It has to happen. Be strong and confident in the woman who is trying to emerge.