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Thriving Thru Menopause

Author: Clarissa Kristjansson

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The transition to menopause can be a time of reflection and inspiration. Although transitions of any kind can be inherently difficult, many women experience a newfound sense of freedom and anticipate personal growth. Join menopause transition specialist Clarissa Kristjansson , as she interviews midlife women to hear their stories of struggle and success through midlife. As well experts from the field of mind-body medicine, nutrition and more about their best ways to support you live well through perimenopause and beyond. If you want to feel inspired, supported and empowered this is the podcast for you.
62 Episodes
Are you used to planning how things will be? This week's guest thought she could plan her menopause her way - but her body decided differently. Maria Franzoni shares her story how  she wanted to manage it, what and actually happened - which is not what was planned.Insomnia is one of the biggest issues for women going through menopause and for Maria the impact of feeling exhausted made her irritable with colleagues and family.  HRT was her saviour at this time.
The menopause clashes with what is often referred to as as Generation Sandwich; the phase of life where we are also taking care of ageing parents, running business or being at the peak of our careers and if we  kids we are supporting through puberty, school exams and leaving home.This can leave us struggling to balance taking care of ourselves. In this episode Clarissa chats will Gill McKay as she share her story of caring for two sets of ageing parents, grief and how in the midst of menopause alcohol became her crutch. This honest conversation will resonate with many of us and we take inspiration from Gill's journey and how she has quit the ' wine time'.
Playing the Victim?

Playing the Victim?


Are you trying to manage your time, being a martyr to your kids and wishing you could be a mermaid?.If so episode that will totally inspire you. Dawn Bates, international best selling author, speaker, coach and sailor joins Clarissa from the southern most tip of Chile to talk about how you can master your time, harness your power and break all the rules, choosing you and choosing to live life your way,
How does the body-mind connection affect women during menopause?In this Clarissa talks to Tracie Kelly  a professional counsellor and Clinical Hypnotherapist about negative thinking styles and how approaches like mindfulness. CBT and hypnosis can help women to navigate the challenges of menopause-We also talk about the ancient Hawaiian practice of forgiveness - Ho'oponopono can help restore feelings harmony for menopausal women
Tired of dieting and feeling miserable?  Caught in traps of diet and comfort eating?In this week's guest is Fiona Whitfield Health and wellness professional for 20+ years. Specialising in health and empowerment coaching for women 40+ supporting them to become healthy by honouring what their body is crying out for.
Most women associate menopause with women in their late 40's and 50's but for a number of women menopause occurs before the age of 40 This is premature, or early, menopause.In this episode Clarissa talks with Carolyn Hobdey who went through the menopause at 24 years old, but didn't discover she had until 32 when trying for a baby. Carolyn shares openly how she coped with the impacts of her medical status, her osteoporosis diagnosis in her late 30s,  the psychological fallout from early menopause and the treatment or lack of she received from the medical profession, and coming to terms with childlessness...It's a story of courage and hope against adversity. And also highlights the healthcare discrimination that too many women experience under our current systemIf early menopause is affecting you, there is a specialist website: you may find useful.
The Wiser Woman

The Wiser Woman


In this first episode of the new season Clarissa talks with Tania Elfersy award-winning author, educator, transformative coach and founder of The Wiser Woman project –   She has spent years researching what causes the emotional and physical symptoms associated with perimenopause and menopause.   Tania shares how she became free of her own range of perimenopause symptoms, simply and naturally.  And how through coaching women and sharing her knowledge, Tania is helping others transform their experience of midlife change and return to their innate wellbeing.
Menopause can impact our careers and more than 50% of women say they take time out of their business due to their symptoms. This week we are in conversation with Adelle Martin Executive MidLife Coach & Founder of The Women in Business MidLife Club to discuss how women can take ownership of their perimenopause and menopause transition so they can continue to lead themselves, their family and business.
Menopause is an ideal time to begin or reinforce healthy changes in your life. This week we are in conversation with Dr. Elizabeth Fontaine, Obstetrician, Gynecologist and Board Certified in Lifestyle Medicine to discuss the benefits of lifestyle medicine for menopausal women, the growth in telehealth and why a coaching approach is part of the future of medicine.
Anxiety in menopause is real but it doesn’t have to rule our lives! In this week's episode I am joined by Stephanie Dalfonzo, Integrative Hypnotist, who uses her voice to literally hypnotize her clients into making incredible life changes. We talk about how powerful our minds really are. Simple ways to calm stress and anxiety and inspiration from her client success stories.
This week I am in conversation with Paula James who teaches women over 40 and a few amazing men to move more comfortably and remain safely active as they age. In Paula’s own words we are ‘ Beautifully Designed for This Planet’ but sometimes, we may experience our physical body as a burden or as a vehicle for pain or trouble. However, with support and upgraded habits, physical movement can be a source of pleasure and delight
Does it seem like you have too little time, too much to do and feel overwhelmed? And yet you keep on pushing on but making little progress? In today’s episode, I am joined by business coach Yvonne Dam of Amaze-Yourself. We talk about becoming the CEO of our lives, how we get things done and free up time. And maybe if we're in business, how we stop working 24/7, bring back the fun & ease in your business and get ready to double our turnover.
Are you aware that you are avoiding doing certain things, but also that doing so is probably a bad idea. And yet, you do it anyway? In today’s episode, I am joined by clinical psychologist Dr. Christine Li who is also known for her work as the “Procrastination Coach”. We talk about the common roadblocks as women get older and the solution for procrastination recovery
This week we are in conversation with AmiCietta about unleashing the body’s inherent ability to health through the principles of Clean Body Living: awareness, clean eating movement, self-care and reducing the environmental toxic load.
Do you feel crazy around food, lost in contradictory health messages and don’t know where to turn? In today’s episode Dri Marie, founder of The Body Joy Academy talks about intuitive eating and body image and how to put the joy back onto our plates and fall in love with your body and life!
In today’s episode, Clarissa talks with Delayna Watkins author, speaker, nurse, and leader in women's health and wellness. We talk about menopause in detail. Why it is such a confusing journey for so many women. In particular, we talk about HRT and how polarising this conversation can be. How women can support themselves better through the sugarless living and getting the right support is not a cookie approach but specific to the needs of the individual.
In today’s episode Clarissa talks with Grace B. Charrier, author, speaker, host of Cancer Convos with Grace B and a proud survivor of Stage 3 Breast CancerAfter completing her treatment in 2017, she felt a strong calling to amplify her voice and reach out to and support cancer patients, survivors, and their families. Her work as a patient advocate is centered on the importance of having a synergy between patients and the healthcare industry. It is about inspiring the patient, and their caregivers on their journey to healing and recovery and the importance of mental resilience, to stay grounded during the dark days. As a Legislative Ambassador for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network and a Global Leadership Panel Member on Fight Cancer Global. The advocacy work takes her not only to Capitol Hill, but also out into neighborhoods, churches, schools, and parks. She shares her story of how a nasty fall in her bathroom led to a Stage 3 breast cancer diagnosis. How she clawed her way out of the abyss into a new lease of life which led to her launching her show Cancer Convos from her sick bed. She is now a strong patient advocate to help others demystify the disease and to become advocates, learning to speak up to ensure their voice is heard and that they get the treatment they need.
In today’s episode, Clarissa talks with Dr Donna G Ivery physician, board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist, entrepreneur, and professional speaker. We talk about menopause, the lack of information, and how unprepared women are even though they intellectually know that this stage is coming. Donna candidly shares her own menopause experiences and the impact it had on her career and how inappropriate many workplaces are for women who are going through menopause. We discuss the role of HRT and why menopause is not a disease but a life stage where women need better information and support. And that it doesn’t last forever and the other end of the process is a fantastic place to be
In today’s episode Clarissa talks with Helen Robinett, Executive Leadership, Accredited Being Coach & Super Connector who helps female leaders get a seat on a board to get the board roles they really want at this stage of their life. She shares the importance of nailing your signature brand, how understanding your circle of influence is important and why every woman needs brand advocates to succeed in leadership.
In today’s episode, Clarissa talks with Deb Morgan relationship expert from Not A Rehearsal who is passionate to help women over 40 to live life on their terms and create strong, healthy, and robust relationships. She shares her story of abusive relationships, hitting rock bottom but finding inner strength and how working as an escort gave her an insight into what is often lacking in midlife relationships. And how that has led her to coach and the creation Behind the Mask program for professional woman. And the focus on opening communication and just being yourself. Live is Not A Rehearsal.
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