Friday, 20 February 2015

Menopause And A Filofax

My Best Friend

I thought like many women that when you hit the menopause it would be a change that happened swiftly.  How wrong could I be?  The menopause can creep up on you for over ten years in the form of peri-menopause before your menopause truly kicks in. With peri-menopause you get all sorts of symptoms to numerous to mention.. Even when you are post-menopausal symptoms you experience when peri-menopausal don’t disappear overnight. I thought I knew what to expect of the menopause but again I was wrong.  I've so far had very few hot sweats/flashes but the way it affects my mind is another story.  Until I came across the book Menopause & The Mind by Claire Warga I thought I was the only one suffering with mental difficulties at this time of change but this simply wasn't the case. 
On top of the menopause I also suffer from insomnia and fatigue.  Lately because of all these health issues I need my Filofax organiser even more. 
My post is not here to go in depth on the numerous symptoms connected to the peri-menopause or the menopause but just to give fellow sufferers specific tips and coping mechanisms to help with changes they may be going through.
The number one coping mechanism in my life has been my Filofax organisers.  My Filofax is my new best friend.  My Filofax allows me to make appointments in my diary that I mustn't forget, a meals section to remind me what we've had for dinner throughout the week plus a list of regular meals, a books and Kindle section helps to keep track of characters and plots in novels, I have a section for tracking aspects of my health and finally a pocket to put emergency cash in.
Some ladies never suffer during th is time of change at all with concentration problems, moments when the mind goes blank and foggy thinking.  For those of you who do I hope that some of my ideas will prove helpful.
First of all here is a look at my Filofax organiser I'm using at the moment.

Pink Personal Leather Filofax

This is the Filofax organiser I'm using at present, my Pink leather Personal Filofax.  Filofax organisers comes in various sizes so you can have one that's smaller or larger depending on your own personal needs.

The Front Section Of My Filofax

This section I made myself and it’s placed at the front of my Filofax.  I use this to stick post-its on or to clip random pieces of paper I've written notes on.  The image came from a fine art catalogue which I then laminated.

My Diary Inserts

The diary section is perfect for keeping up to date with appointments and events that are about to occur and referencing past events..  My son recently had to fill out a form which required information a few months old, I was able to find all the relevant information he needed in my diary.

Meal Options & Menus

The meals section is where I write down meals we've eaten throughout the week.  Also I've written down a list of regular meals that we eat.  There’s nothing worse than my mind going blank and trying to remember the meals we often eat when I'm buying food in the supermarket.

Book & Kindle Section

Foggy thinking and concentration can be terrible.  I hardly read now but when I do I try to keep track of plot lines by making notes in my book and Kindle section.  This method also works well for TV dramas that have long seasons and regularly take breaks from the TV schedule.  

Health Section

My health care section is where I make medical notes.  The Doctors Notes page was created using a simple table.  All health notes are then transferred to Amazona A5 Filofax which I use exclusively for medical issues.

Emergency Cash

The back of my Filofax has a zip pocket which great for keeping five or ten pounds for emergencies incase I go out without my purse.  I have to say this it is exceptionally rare to go out without my purse.  I'm more likely to lend the money to one of my sons.

A lot of pages for my Filofax can be bought from Filofax UK who also stock a large selection of organisers and notebooks as well as refills.  More specialist pages can be downloaded from Philofaxy. Some of the pages in my Filofax I've designed myself with a very basic table or pages that I've cut from old notebooks.

As I said earlier I hope that fellow sufferers will find these Filofax tips helpful.  For me personally actually writing details down helps me retain large amounts of information much better.

Hopefully in my next post I will be able to show you my Amazona and how it helps me keep track of my health issues

Until next time

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for this post! It's good to know that the symptoms I'm having are normal. Even the description of that book you linked to is a great relief: "not signs of imminent madness, but a natural part of aging".
    I've been blaming other things for two years now, but I can't seem to get better. Knowing it's perimenopause helps coping with it.
    I've started using a planner this year and I love it, though I'm still exploring possibilities. Nice to see that you also list meals you've cooked (as opposed to mealplanning). I'm trying to repeat meals less, but I couldn't remember what we ate, so looking back helps.