Laughter Really Is The Best Medicine!

When you are undergoing stress due to menopausal episodes such as putting can food goods in the refrigerator and milk in the pantry, learn to laugh at yourself – the best stress relief of all. After all, at what point in our life were we ever perfect?

Frequently laughing makes you feel so much better because our bodies undergo a positive hormonal response. My husband says that I spend 80% of my time looking for something, keys, books, oh and don’t forget the cell phone. I use my house phone to call my cell phone so that I can locate it. Believe it or not, it is the only reason that I have a house phone! Does it bother me? Not as long as I can still locate where I live, who I’m married to and remember the name of my only child.

Both my son and stepson turned 50 in December, so when people ask if I have any children, I simply say no, I have senior citizens. So what do I care about all of the above? My self esteem does not suffer. I am doing great, looking great since I am often mistaken for my son’s sister or wife (he is the one that apparently looks old – but we won’t tell him that) and I feel absolutely wonderful.

So my message to all of my menopausal sisters is this: If you are forgetful, then that means that you still have a brain that use to remember. If you misplace something that means that you have something to misplace, and if you have to use a phone to find a phone that means that you have two phones.

We have all heard the advice that we should get rid of negative things and people who sucks the joy out of our lives. However, if I rid all of the negatives from my life, the only thing that would be left is the air that I breathe. Therefore, my mission is to instill in everyone I meet the wonderful joy of laughter!!!

I Went Back 2 Basics

During my years working at a Pharmaceutical Research Facility in West Point, PA, I learned a lot of fascinating things pertaining to the subject of Menopause! I clearly remember as a teenager in the 60’s, my aunt underwent a hysterectomy (a fact not revealed until 10 years later). You could always tell when my mother and her sisters discussed the matter because they would instantly clam up if anyone entered the room. Not understanding anything other than the fact that my aunt was hospitalized, I was immediately told to ‘not ask questions’ when I tried to find out what was wrong with her. The subject was Taboo and never to be discussed in public and horror of all horrors, in the presence of a male.

More than 20 years ago, I also had a hysterectomy and constantly suffer from ‘hot flashes.’ The term is certainly appropriate because the heat is so intense I usually break out in an embarrassing sweat. I felt as though I needed to soak in a tub of ice – and that’s putting it mildly – or take 2 or 3 showers a day, always worried, of course, about offensive body odor.

Surprisingly, a light went on. Looking back down memory lane, I remembered my grandmother and aunts always bathed with soap and then used a wash cloth rinse to rub Baking Soda all over their torso. My mother was even emphatic about my four brothers and myself following the same routine during the heat of summer so that we would smell fresh all day. And so the ritual continues. I now use Baking Soda when showering and in spite of the dreaded ‘hot flashes,’ I really feel fresh and clean.

My only problem with Baking Soda is the soaking the cardboard package gets when using it near water. I also use it throughout the day as a breath freshener after brushing my teeth or as a quick gargle since I am not fond of the aftertaste of mouthwash or toothpaste. Walla! Another light went on. I now use it in various sized multicolored plastic containers that fit with my kitchen and bathroom décor.

I was curious to see if using Arm & Hammer after showering would benefit my many friends undergoing menopause; so I gift wrapped the powder in colorful ‘dollar store containers’ labeled DiverSity by Farrellinea (loving the advantage of being the only person in the world with that name – made up by my father – Farrell). To make a long story short, I now get many requests and no one seems to care or realize that it’s just plain Arm & Hammer Baking Soda. In fact, they are now using it in ways they had not used it before. I laugh when we go out as a group for a spicy meal and afterwards, everyone goes to the restroom to rinse with my secret formula – lol. Yeah, I know that they know, they just don’t know that I know that they know… I believe my friends just enjoy receiving the cute little vials that I give to them.

Due to varied reports in the media, many people have become skeptical about using talcum powder due to adverse publicity. And we understand the urgency of using natural products when bathing or cleaning and disinfecting our homes to protect the environment. As an overall solution, this product is priceless – and it is also priced less!!!

So if you’re ‘pausing’ as my Georgia friends call it, give it a try. If you have an idea or solution that works for you, share it with us!

George Carlin once said that “Those who dance are considered insane by those who cannot hear the music.” So don’t forget to daily play our signature song, “Hot Flash Swag” and DANCE! We would love to see your version posted on YOUTUBE! Here are a few of our favorites:

The Bossman
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PgYufnQs44E (Preview)

ORIGINAL VIDEO: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zQSPHzBD8Kg (Preview)

Senior Divas
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G1Xw_uUqx84 (Preview)