What ways do you choose happiness?

Your uterus was causing all kinds of trouble, so you had it removed. It was one way you could improve your health and quality of life. But things haven’t quite worked out as you had planned.

You thought once you recovered from your hysterectomy, all would be well. After all, your periods are over and your uterus can’t cause you any more problems. But with all the changes you’ve gone through, you’ve found your mind and heart are in a bit of a dither.

If you’ve found yourself feeling a bit down ever since your hysterectomy, there’s hope ahead. Here are a few simple tricks to brighten your day and put a smile on your face.

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What keeps you feeling young and energetic after 40? Check out our 5 secrets!

I spend so much time taking care of everyone else, it’s easy to neglect my own health. Sound familiar? As a busy mom, wife, and business owner, I admit my yearly physical gets postponed (or never scheduled), exercise gets put off, sleep seems more and more elusive, and I lack the energy to do the things I love.

I know I’m not alone.

Unfortunately, the increase in stress, decreased physical activity, and hormonal changes that creep up once you hit your 40s and beyond affect your overall health. Here’s the good news: there are small changes you can make to protect your health now––and as you age.

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Did you feel any less of a woman following your hysterectomy? How did you cope with the loss of not having your uterus?

After a hysterectomy, many women feel a sense of loss. Regardless of their age, whether or not they have had a child, whether or not they ever wanted a child, how settled they are in their career, or even how much their uterus pained them. They feel a loss of possibility, a loss of choice, and a loss of femininity.

These emotions can be very strong. If you feel them, it is important for you to know and accept that they are normal and reasonable—especially right after your surgery. You need to allow yourself to grieve this loss; this is the only way to allow the healing process to start.

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What meals did you make ahead in preparing for your hysterectomy recovery? Come check out our list!

Making meals in advance is an excellent way to feed your family during your hysterectomy recovery. There are a number of options for doing this depending on the needs of your family.

Freezing meals ahead of time can work really well. Meals can be cooked through completely so that they just need to be heated in the oven or microwave at dinnertime. Some hits might be Chicken Enchilada Bake, Beef & Bean Burritos, and Lasagna.

Read more about Preparing for Hysterectomy | Made Ahead Dinners.

Dealing with depression? Wondering what could be the cause for your depression?

Over the years, there have been times when you’ve felt discouraged and blue. Circumstances of life left you with feelings of depression and wiped the smile off your face.

You weren’t alone, and you may find yourself feeling depressed again – especially with menopause on the horizon. In fact, women are more apt to be depressed than men. Sad, but true.

But why? What increases women’s chances for developing depression? There are several factors actually.

Read more about 20 Reasons for Depression in Women

What exercises do you enjoy during menopause?

You know that regular exercise is good for you, no matter how old you are. It’s good for your heart, bones, and muscles. It also helps you maintain a healthy weight. But did you know exercise can be especially important during menopause?

When menopause arrives, your body undergoes a number of changes. Surprisingly, many of the resulting symptoms of menopause can be relieved and even eliminated by regular exercise.

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When did you return to your normal schedule following your hysterectomy? When did daily life resume?

As long as the wait may seem, it is very important that you give your body the time it needs to heal well. You do not want to do anything that would risk a setback—infection, tear, or otherwise—that will make your healing process longer. It is much easier to heal right the first time.

To avoid any setbacks, you will need to take a break from the following activities until you are cleared by your doctor (usually at your post-op appointment):

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Do you know what kind of paperwork you should keep for your hysterectomy?

When planning a hysterectomy, it seems that you are handed a piece of paper every time you turn around. Though you may be tempted to throw them away, don’t! Many of them are very important and could help with planning, recovery, and paying for your hysterectomy surgery.

As part of your planning process, you should choose a folder or envelope in which to keep the mountains of papers you will receive. You may even find an accordion style folder will be helpful so you can sort the papers.

The first paperwork you will receive is likely to be from the surgeon’s office. It can include pamphlets detailing the type of hysterectomy you will be having. It is important to understand exactly what you are having done so you can be sure you agree that it is the right procedure(s) for you, so keep all this educational paperwork and read it thoroughly. You can also take that paperwork with you to a second opinion appointment so you are able to clearly discuss what surgeon #1 is suggesting.

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Do you wonder what has caused your gyn cancer? Do you wonder if you could have prevented it?

Why me? Why did I get cancer? I’m fairly healthy, I exercise some, and I don’t smoke or drink too much. What did I do wrong? Is there something I could have done to prevent getting cancer?

These are common questions that run through your mind when you’re diagnosed with cancer. You want to know the why and what for. Was it your fault or just fate? You feel answers will give you some sense of control.

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Have you suffered from night sweats during menopause? How do you handle night sweats?

Maybe you wish you could hibernate like a wintering bear: Crawl into bed, curl up, and sleep the night away. Snug as a bug in a rug. Deep, refreshing sleep.

Instead, if your bladder isn’t waking you up, the night sweats are. You’re jerked awake to find yourself drenched in sweat, your night clothes soaking wet. As soon as you throw off the covers to cool off, your teeth start chattering from the shivering cold. You can’t seem to win for losing.

Read more about Snug as a Bug: Night Sweats in Menopause