How Quitting Alcohol Boosts Brain Health In Perimenopause

December 5, 2023

Dimple Sthankiya

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In this post you will discover the brain-boosting effects of quitting alcohol in perimenopause

Perimenopause. It’s a rocky road, a wild ride. A tightrope walk between two critical phases of womanhood. It is complex. It is dramatic. And, like a cheeky teenager, it doesn’t come with an instruction manual. Hormone surges. Mood swings. Hot flashes. You’ve heard the tales. Yet, here’s the kicker – amidst this hormonal hurricane, there’s a surprising silver lining. A path to supercharge your brain, to give it a turbo boost, right when it needs it the most. Your secret weapon? Sobriety.

The Hooch And The Brain: A Toxic Love Affair

Alcohol, we need to talk. It’s not me, it’s you. Think of alcohol as that charming, bad boy from your 20s. Enticing, enchanting, yet undeniably destructive. We’ve all been there, haven’t we? But, let’s get down to brass tacks. Alcohol, like that rogue Romeo, is toxic for your brain, especially during perimenopause. It messes with neurotransmitters, the brain’s communication hotlines. It shrinks gray matter, the powerhouse of thought and memory. It inflames brain cells, leaving them red-faced and riled up. It’s a party crasher in your cranium, and it’s time to show it the door.

Unmasking Alcohol: Brain-Fog in Perimenopause

Here’s the bitter truth. Alcohol has a nasty habit of pickpocketing your cognitive prowess. It can rob you of your focus, swipe your memory, and pilfer your mental clarity. In perimenopause, this can take an already intricate maze of hormone changes and turn it into a tumultuous something else.

We’re talking foggy brain. Misplaced car keys. Forgotten appointments. Ever walked into a room and forgotten why? Yep, you can thank alcohol for these ‘senior moments’. It’s the stealthy thief in the night, swiping your cognitive valuables while you sleep.

Sobriety: Your Brain’s Best Friend

Now, here’s the uplifting news. There’s a new hero in town. her name? Sobriety.

Don’t just take my word for it. Let’s delve into the science. Neuroimaging studies have shown that sobriety can literally grow your brain. Imagine that. Your brain, blossoming like a spring garden, bursting with new neurons and connections as BDNF increases.

What the f*ck is BDNF I hear you say? Brain-derived neurotrophic factor, or BDNF for short, is really important for the health and growth of your brain cells. It also helps control how your brain cells communicate with each other, and plays a big part in how your brain changes and adapts, which is essential for learning and memory.

Sobriety doesn’t just stop the cognitive carnage caused by alcohol. It counterattacks. It repairs. It rebuilds. It helps your brain bounce back. Stronger than ever.

The Naked Mind: A Guiding Light

Annie Grace’s ‘The Naked Mind’ , a great read and the book that had the biggest impact on my thinking around alcohol overall, shines a revealing light on the power of sobriety. No fear mongering. No judgment. Just hard, unadulterated facts. It peels away the deceitful veneer of alcohol, and offers hope, illumination, and a pathway towards a healthier brain in perimenopause. Add link to Annie’s book here (Amazon)

A New Lease On Life: Sobriety In Perimenopause

When it comes to the perimenopause puzzle, sobriety really is your secret weapon. It’s a lifeline. A way to transform your transition into a journey of self-discovery and growth.

Imagine being the sharpest tool in the shed, every single day. No more foggy mornings. No more ‘senior moments’. Just a clear, sharp mind, ready to take on the world.

Quitting alcohol during perimenopause isn’t just a health move. It’s a power move. It’s a decision that will supercharge your cognitive capacities, redefine your life, and unshackle you from the cognitive chains of alcohol. It’s a brave step towards a brighter, healthier, more fulfilling future as you come into your own and tap into your true potential.


When ‘Brain-Fog’ Happens In The Workplace

Let’s look at Izabella, a Polish CEO powerhouse at the helm of a cutting-edge tech startup in Berlin. Juggling high-stakes negotiations, fast-paced innovation, and a team of digital wizards, she’s a force to be reckoned with. Yet, as she entered perimenopause, something shifted.

Picture this: mid-presentation, she’d lose her train of thought. On video calls, she’d blank on names. She began misplacing her phone, forgetting important dates. And her temper, once as cool as a cucumber, turned mercurial. The woman who had once outsmarted complex algorithms was now wrestling with her own brain.

It was a ghastly twilight zone for Izabella. “I felt like I was losing my mind,” she confessed. Scared and confused, she sought solace in the only way she knew how – the evening glass or three, of Bordeaux. Yet, the brain fog thickened, the memory lapses got worse and she was starting to lose her confidence, big time.

In a last-ditch attempt, she turned to Annie Grace’s “The Naked Mind,” swapping her wine glass for a hot cup of herbal tea.

What happened next was nothing short of a miracle.

One week into her sobriety, the fog began to lift. The memory lapses? Fewer and far between. Two weeks in, her temper cooled. Her mind, recently a wild jungle of thoughts, became tranquil again. She was back in the driver’s seat, navigating her high-pressure CEO life with a newfound clarity.

The Last Call?

Perimenopause is a journey, not a destination. It’s a rite of passage, a transformation. And, like any journey, it’s all about the choices you make along the way.

So, here’s your challenge. Do you want to be the mistress of your own destiny, the maestro of your mind? Then maybe you could bid adieu to alcohol (for a while). Embrace sobriety. And give your brain the love it deserves.

The choice is yours. The time is now. Take the leap. Your brain will thank you.


My Nugget Of Wisdom

Drawing inspiration from the teachings of the one and only Dr. Wayne Dyer, I’ve trodden a similar path myself. He once wisely declared, “When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” And, let me tell you, these words aren’t just fancy fluff. 

When I first chose sobriety during my perimenopause, it felt odd and difficult, like going against the grain. But by shifting my perspective, as Dyer suggested, I saw it as an opportunity rather than a sacrifice. I saw alcohol not as a crutch or comfort but as a hindrance to my well-being and to my success. I let that transformative thought guide me on this journey and now I’ll never look back.

The clarity, focus, and memory benefits that have come along have been nothing short of phenomenal. Trust me, if I can do it, so can you. Especially when you change the way you look at it. Not gonna lie, there have been times when I’ve thought WTF? Look, this may feel challenging at first, but trust me, it’s a really quick way to embrace the most rewarding version of your perimenopause experience and drop the bloat to boot!

You know, quitting booze actually gives you more drive, not less. So if you’ve got these ambitions that you’re just not hitting right now, saying no to alcohol can really turn things around. It’s about unlocking your potential, not limiting it. So, why not give it a try?

Are You Intrigued How Ditching Alcohol Could Fire Up Your Drive To Achieve Those Lofty Goals? 

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