Supporting Women Through Menopause: Helping Them Embrace Their Beauty

Menopause and how to let a woman know she is beautiful when she doesn't believe it herself.


Garry Ebrey. Diploma Counselling. Accredited Counsellor.

2/5/20241 min read

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woman doing yoga meditation on brown parquet flooring

Menopause is a natural phase in a woman's life that brings about significant changes both physically and emotionally. As a therapist, it is essential to provide support and guidance to women navigating this transitional period. One common challenge that many women face during menopause is a struggle with their self-image and feeling beautiful.

The Impact of Menopause on Self-Perception

Menopause often brings hormonal fluctuations that can lead to various physical and emotional symptoms. These changes can affect a woman's self-esteem and how she perceives her own beauty. Hot flashes, weight gain, mood swings, and changes in skin and hair can all contribute to a negative body image.

It is crucial to understand that every woman experiences menopause differently. Some may breeze through this phase with minimal disruptions, while others may find it more challenging to cope with the changes. As a therapist, your role is to provide a safe space for women to express their concerns and help them embrace their beauty during this transformative time.

Empathy and Validation

When a woman doesn't believe she is beautiful, it is essential to approach the topic with empathy and validation. Let her know that her feelings are valid and that many women experience similar doubts about their appearance during menopause. By acknowledging her emotions, you create a foundation of trust and understanding.

Reassure her that beauty is not solely defined by external appearance. Emphasize that beauty encompasses a combination of physical, emotional, and spiritual qualities. Encourage her to explore and appreciate her inner strength, resilience, and unique qualities that make her who she is.

Encouraging Self-Care

Self-care plays a crucial role in helping women feel beautiful and confident during menopause. Encourage your client to prioritize self-care activities that promote physical and emotional well-being. This may include regular exercise, a balanced diet, quality sleep, and engaging in activities that bring joy and relaxation.

Support her in finding a skincare routine that suits her changing needs. Recommend gentle cleansers, moisturizers, and sunscreens to help maintain healthy skin. Encourage her to consult with a healthcare professional for advice on managing menopausal symptoms that may be impacting her self-perception.

Challenging Negative Thoughts

During menopause, negative thoughts about self-image can become more prevalent. Help your client challenge these thoughts by exploring their origins and questioning their validity. Encourage her to focus on her strengths and achievements instead of fixating on perceived flaws.

Introduce mindfulness techniques to help her cultivate self-compassion and acceptance. Mindfulness can assist in shifting the focus from self-criticism to self-appreciation. Recommend practices such as meditation, deep breathing exercises, or journaling to promote self-reflection and self-awareness.

Building a Supportive Network

Encourage your client to surround herself with a supportive network of friends, family, or support groups. Connecting with others who are going through or have experienced menopause can provide a sense of validation and understanding. Sharing experiences, concerns, and triumphs can help her realize that she is not alone in her journey.

Remind her that beauty is subjective and that the opinions of others do not define her worth. Encourage her to seek validation from within and to focus on self-acceptance rather than external validation.

Celebrating Inner Beauty

As a therapist, it is important to remind your client of her innate beauty and worth. Help her identify and celebrate her unique qualities, talents, and accomplishments. Encourage her to engage in activities that bring out her inner beauty, such as pursuing hobbies, volunteering, or practicing acts of kindness.

Remind her that beauty is not confined to youth or physical appearance. It is an ever-evolving and multifaceted concept that encompasses wisdom, compassion, resilience, and authenticity. By embracing her inner beauty, she can cultivate a sense of self-love and confidence that transcends the challenges of menopause.


Menopause is a transformative phase that can challenge a woman's self-perception and belief in her own beauty. As a therapist, your role is to provide support, empathy, and guidance during this time. Encourage self-care, challenge negative thoughts, and help your client build a supportive network. Remind her that beauty is not solely defined by external appearance but also by inner qualities and strengths. By embracing her unique beauty, she can navigate menopause with grace and confidence.