How we can be more grateful during menopause, thanks to Baloo the Bear!

Do you ever rewatch old films that take you back to days of innocence and simplicity?

Film is a therapy that is free and one I would highly recommend for menopause, a medium that all ages adore too!

I have just watched Disney’s ‘The Jungle Book’ again with my teenage children, which is great lockdown or any other viewing.

 Having always loved the film as a child it holds some special memories for me, in particular the sheer joy I felt at receiving a Disney vinyl album as my main Christmas present in the 70’s (can you imagine your children being content with just an album, or a Spotify download?! )

I can vividly recall sitting in my room listening and miming to every one of those classic Disney songs, and especially loved Baloo singing ‘The Bare Necessities”. I can still remember every single word. (Isn’t it funny that despite menopausal brain fog and forgetting where you put your car keys, there are some old memories that are remembered as if they were yesterday?)

Listening to that wonderful song again tonight I realised that Baloo was actually a total genius, and not just the simple, loveable oaf in the film.

Indeed, he speaks with such philosophical simplicity that the dear bear should be revered as the Godfather of Gratitude, a champion of being satisfied with what you have, of truly living in the moment. Just like that other portly bear Winnie-The-Pooh, Baloo speaks an awful lot of sense under that buffoon-like exterior.

During the menopause and all it’s trickiness, we sometimes forget to appreciate the simple things in life. The truly amazing things are those right under our nose that we tend to take for granted, like a bright night lit by a full moon, or sunlight on our skin.

To quote part of the song:

“Don’t spend your time lookin’ around

For something you want that can’t be found

When you find out you can live without it

And go along not thinking about it

I’ll tell you something true

The bare necessities of life will come to you”.

Never a truer word was spoken by that wonderful bear.

We need to stop yearning for more, looking for the elusive greener grass or the means to come by it. Yes, times may be tough if you’ve had no sleep due to hormonal night sweats and you are so exhausted you can’t function, but there will absolutely be good days to come. In the meantime just enjoying the smell of a freshly-brewed coffee or a toasted muffin can make you cheerier in the mornings.

Baloo, I salute you. This is what the practice of gratitude is all about, a free and accessible tool that is even more important in the roller-coaster ride that is the menopause.

The world we live in today has made us forget to relax. We are far too self-judgemental. Women especially are forever comparing ourselves to others, especially now that we all look to the social media ‘bibles’ of Instagram and Facebook.

There is far too much pressure to be perfect, to strive for more and look for unrealistic ways to be happier. Baloo didn’t think like that; yes, he was big and silly and put his foot in it, but you can be damn sure he absolutely loved every minute of life!

So please take a leaf out of his book and never forget that You are amazing. You are wonderful. Your life is what you make it.

Let’s all adopt the attitude of Baloo, and truly appreciate the bare necessities of life. Thank you Baloo, you gorgeous bear!

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