Dear Red Hot Mamas- January 2021

By: Red Hot Mamas

Published: January 12, 2021

“Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.”

– Oprah Winfrey

Dear Red Hot Mamas,

Happy New Year to everyone! I know you will agree that 2020 was certainly a challenging year. And, now, all of us are ready to turn the page looking at perhaps brighter days ahead.

The continuation to shelter in place has forced us all to slow down. It’s also caused us to rethink about our priorities and how we live. For many of us,

we realize even more how very precious our time with our loved ones truly is. And, how it never, ever, should be taken for granted.

The challenges we’ve faced, hopefully, has made us stronger and sow more seeds of gratitude. More than ever, our team at Red Hot Mamas are so grateful to have you in our lives and for your continuous support of all of our efforts to educate you and your families about the menopause transition. We will continue to think of ways that keep us connected with one another.

Maintaining good health is all so important. Lots of us have let our gym renewals expire due to COVID. But, that’s not any excuse for us to not be able to sneak in some sort of daily exercise which would improve our health. I hope that you will consider these helpful ideas:

Move more – be vigorously active 20 minutes a day, three days a week. And, don’t have excuses because it’s cold outside. You can exercise outside, just layer-up your clothes. However, you decide to exercise, just make it a regular part of your activities. There are multiple rewards to exercise: you will feel better, you will have more energy and you will even look great when warmer weather returns.

Be social –While social distancing may be the best way to fight the coronavirus, it may very well exacerbate an already existing epidemic: loneliness. The coronavirus pandemic has reminded us that human connection can spread illness. But human connection also promotes wellness. Loneliness has been linked to depression and even linked to elevated systolic blood pressure.

Here are a few suggestions for how to connect without contact.

  • Face-to-face from afar: The next best thing to in-person interaction is video chat. Face to face communication is important for bonding. Try having a digital dinner, a virtual happy hour with friends or even a remote book club meeting.
  • Cultivate our Red Hot Mamas community: The basis of connection is having something in common. We do have an online community of people who share your passion for acquiring information about menopause.

You can meet new friends and maintain social contacts by logging onto: Red Hot Mamas Menopause support and discussion community.

Let’s take this opportunity to recognize the importance of relationships for our health and to practice leveraging these relationships for our social well-being. Connect with others for greater happiness, better health and longevity.

In closing,

·      (French) Bonne Année!

·      (German) Prosit Neujahr!

·      (Italian) Buon Capodanno!

·      (Portuguese) Feliz Ano Novo!

·      (Spanish) Prospero Año Nuevo!

However you say it, “Happy New Year” to you!

Good Health to You All,

Karen Giblin