Access Your Inner Jack Bauer

Monday, November, 5, 2012 < Back to Blog Posts

Were you a fan of the show "24?" A groundbreaking TV show, it followed 24 consecutive hours with a national crisis, starred Keifer Sutherland and could keep you on the edge of your seat every week.

 

Jack Bauer: I know what it's like to feel like it's never going to end. 

 

The show has been off the air for a few years, but every once in a while, I think of Jack Bauer. Sure, Keifer Sutherland is not "hard on the eyes" but it was his character, Jack Bauer's ability to never quit no matter what, that I think about.  In the most dire situations, he kept his eyes on the goal; to save America from some type of horrible situation that was about to happen. Even when it looked like there was no hope, ten bad guys with weapons in the room and he was tied up in a chair, he just kept thinking about and reacting in ways that showed he was going to get out of this situation.

 

Jack Bauer: [Phone Conversation] Yeah?

Mike Novick: The President has just notified Secret Service he's going to be delayed.

Jack Bauer: How long?

Mike Novick: He didn't say, but Mrs. Logan knows we need as much time as possible. Jack... if Logan doesn't confess... how far are you actually willing to go?

Jack Bauer: As far as I have to.

 

I would probably give up my deepest darkest secret because the air conditioning isn’t turned on at a shopping mall! It all comes down to a mental attitude. When we are going through menopause, we need to take great care of ourselves and that includes how we think. It’s not easy to be cheery if you are experiencing occasional sleeplessness, hot flashes, night sweats and mood swings. You know I recommend Remifemin® as a natural, safe way to help you.   I also recommend the “less/more” tactic when it comes to staying “large and in charge” in your mind and with your body.

 

Less:

  • Eat lesser amounts of sugar, sodium and caffeine
  • Drink less alcohol
  • Smoke less or stop completely

More:

  • Sleep more and follow the many sleep tips available online. (And remember there are supplements that can help…like Remifemin® Good Night.)
  • Exercise more
  • Talk to someone, a friend or a professional

 

Take it in small steps. Eat more correctly in just one more meal than usual.  Exercise for fifteen minutes if you aren’t exercising at all. Smoke less if you can’t get to the point of quitting. Do the little things that will eventually get you to the big things. It’s a time of life when you can be overwhelmed easily, so take it slowly, but be committed to progress. I know I can get hung up by thinking I have to run marathons or eat only carrots or be extreme.  It’s not true.

 

Simply complaining will not make you reach your goal. Giving up will not make you reach your goal. And by the way, what is your goal? Have you written it down? Have you said it out loud? What is your goal for your menopausal journey?

 

You know what they say: If you fail to plan, you plan to fail. Since perimenopause and menopause can be 20 plus years of your life, you need a strategy!

 

Maybe you want to access your inner Wonder Woman, Eleanor Roosevelt or Mighty Mouse. There’s a character or someone in history or your real life that is a good example to you that you really have to hang in there and not quit when it comes to the quality of life you want. It might not be easy. The effort may be more than you feel you have to give. But that’s when you have to go deeper.  The outcome is worth it. As Jack Bauer said, go as far as you have to.

 

You, girlfriend, are worth it.

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