THE ART OF HAPPINESS AND HORMONES
I have PMT and a Hand Gun, any questions?
My girlfriend had that quote on her fridge for many years and it always amused me greatly. Hormones have a lot to answer for don’t they, too much or too little and we all fall apart. Remember the teenage years with the angst of emotions due to the raging hormones, when we didn’t know where we fit in and who we were and even what we were doing half the time. Couple that with the stress of school, homework, nagging parents and peer pressure and there is no wonder that teenagers in general do some crazy stuff.
CERAMIC AND MOSAIC SCULPTURE
This ceramic and mosaic sculpture features the Scotch College students in Adelaide rowing, sculling a sport which has people of every age enjoying life to their full capacity. This is not a sport just for teenagers and I do have two good friends who still compete on a national and international level in the Masters Games at 65 and 85 respectively. So OK, as you get older you may require a top up of those hormones but hey that’s no big deal!
GRUMPY OLD MEN AND ART
At the other end of the scale from teenagers, there is the Grumpy Old man syndrome and that seems to me to be a direct correlation to the lack of testosterone or thyroid problems which also has to do with hormones. I figure the grumpiness comes from feeling tired, unhappy and depressed with a flagging sex drive – who can blame them really, that’s enough to make anyone feel low. Often there may also be an underlying medical problem such as high blood pressure, diabetes and blocked arteries.
THE ART OF SEX HORMONES
Testosterone is vital in puberty responsible for the voice being deepened, helps to build the muscles and keeps the bones strong and also boosts the size of the penis. After the age of 30 there is a gradual decline in the testosterone; however that should not normally lead to a lack of interest in sex. So before you go and reach for the Viagra have a health check and sort out the other medical issues first and then check the testosterone levels and if need be get a boost.
THE ART OF HUMOUR
What I think is vital in tackling any health issue is a good sense of humour and that is what I try to do with my art. Sometimes tackling the bigger issues through painting and sculpting to give you all something to think and laugh about. Why not also with a joke; so here is one for you; Did you hear about the man who swallowed his Viagra too slowly? He got a stiff neck!
So you would think women would be used to having to both deal with and talk about hormones having all suffered from PMT – Pre menstrual syndrome for a large part of their lives.
THE ART OF NOT MENTIONING THE WORD MENOPAUSE
It therefore perplexes me that women are finding it so hard to deal with and discuss Menopause. Mention that word at a dinner party and find the women shut up, and the men looking around too scared to speak. It is something glossed over and just not talked about unless it is during a heart to heart with a very close girlfriend.
Is it because for some, it signals that the child bearing years are over – well you can understand the sadness when menopause strikes a 30 something woman, or is it that it makes them feel old? However for most women the “change of life” comes along in the 40-50 age group, with forty being the new 20’s and fifty the new 30’s that’s just not old anymore. So just like hormones played havoc with your body in the teenage years so the pesky little devils try to again.
Now luckily we live in an era where we do not have to put up with that – I mean who would voluntarily put up with the Oestrogen deficiency symptoms such as; hot flushes, light headedness, headaches, irritability, depression, unloved feelings, anxiety, mood changes, sleeplessness, unusual tiredness, backache joint pains, muscle pains, new facial hair, dry skin, crawling feelings under the skin, fewer sexual feelings, dry vagina, uncomfortable intercourse and urinary frequency, loss of memory, muddled thinking and heart palpitations.
It is bad enough to have to suffer through one or two of these symptoms never mind having the smorgasbord effect, lol.
THE ART OF GETTING YOUR LIFE BACK
So women of the world unite, don’t suffer in silence. Go and speak to a Doctor who specializes in menopause a normal GP will not do (unless you are lucky enough to find a GP with very sympathetic ear and all the specialized skills required).
There is help out there in form of HRT and it is not the bad guy that the press have been making it out to be either. Best medical information has HRT as very safe for the otherwise healthy woman. However what is important is to get the dosage right and that takes some consultation over a few months and the added benefits apart from the oestrogen deficiency symptoms disappearing is the long term reduction in diabetes, bowel cancer and osteoporosis.
THE ART OF BEING HEALTHY AND SEXY
GET YOU LIFE BACK, feel as vital and energetic, positive and sexy as ever. Menopause once treated is no big deal at all. What’s made it a big deal is the way we have handled it for so long, swept it under the carpet and talked about it in hushed tones.
So here is a quote for the boys by Rita Rudner that I think fits very well here;
“Male menopause is a lot more fun than female menopause. With female menopause you gain weight and get hot flushes. Male menopause – you get to date young girls and drive motorcycles.”
Although the ladies may prefer this one instead by an unknown author;
“My husband, being unhappy with my mood swings, bought me a mood ring the other day so he would be able to monitor my moods. We’ve discovered that when I am in a good mood it turns green and when I am in a bad mood it leaves a big red mark on his forehead! Next time he will buy me a diamond..duh!”
Till next time,
Love Marie xxx
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