Leading Perimenopause and Menopause Expert, Certified Nutritionist, Positive Psychology Coach, Advanced Trauma-Informed Breathwork Facilitator
Adele’s driving force is making menopause mainstream. A world-leading and highly sought-after menopause expert, Adele is committed to breaking down female health taboos. She helps women navigate their menopause experience with vibrancy and positivity and trains workplaces to offer greater support to their people and clients after having to leave her job due to lack of support during her own perimenopause journey.
A former champion body-builder, Adele is determined to demystify the menopause and turn it into a positive experience. She combines knowledge from her own personal journey with early perimenopause, which nearly destroyed her life, marriage, and career in her mid-30s, with her expertise in nutrition, fitness, psychology, and health to support women, business owners, and workplaces impacted by menopause, and to certify others as ‘Menopause Support Coaches’ through her CPD and ActiveIQ accredited program.
Tell us about your brand as “The Menopause Coach”
The Menopause Coach was founded in 2021 by me, Adele Johnston, a certified positive
psychology coach and nutritionist with a huge interest in women’s health and menopause after being diagnosed with early perimenopause in my 30s.
The company offers support for women in their 30s and beyond, through perimenopause, menopause, and post-menopause support, We as a company also provide menopause in the workplace well-being workshops, training, and awareness sessions, and in delivering our certified and doubly accredited course, the Menopause Support Coach Certification (MSCC) to train Menopause Support Coaches, we’re truly making waves in the menopause care and support space. Based in Scotland but operating globally online, we at Adele Johnston Coaching and the brand The Menopause Coach are committed to ‘making menopause mainstream’ and helping women powerfully reclaim themselves through this stage of life positively and vibrantly. Listen to our education, mini-teaching, and weekly menopause shares on our podcast The Menopause Coach available globally on all podcast platforms.
What inspired you to jump into coaching and educating others about menopause and its effects?
Struggling with the impacts of early perimenopause in my 30s, and seeing so many women losing who they were, their relationships with themselves and others, I was extremely fortunate to have the chance to bring together decades of experience and knowledge and help other women reclaim themselves in menopause.
After resigning from my 21-year corporate career as a direct result of early perimenopause impacts and the lack of knowledge, awareness, and support in the workplace, I had a personal purpose path open up for me. As a result of the work I do and offer, more women, who would have otherwise resigned – like I did – are remaining in their desired career paths. Not only that but more women are staying in business where otherwise they would have given up and closed their businesses.
If you could use three words to describe your platform, what would it be and why?
Empowering – My entire business offers a transformative space for women in perimenopause, menopause, and post-menopause; providing them with hormone awareness, education, and holistic support that encompasses physical – nutrition and lifestyle, emotional – positive psychology interventions, and mental well-being – mind coaching through multifaceted modalities such as breathwork.
By offering tailored services that address the unique challenges of this time in a woman’s life, I’m empowering women to embrace their journey with confidence, knowledge, self-awareness, and emotional intelligence. This results in a vibrant and powerful experience.
Educational – My business serves as a valuable educational hub and platform for women (and men) experiencing menopause impacts. It delivers comprehensive resources that shine the light on the vast physical and emotional changes women experience.
By offering expert insights, evidence-based information, and practical support through both 1:1 coaching, and my 12-week Menopause Support Coach Certification (MSCC), my business equips women, men, and workplaces with the knowledge they need to make informed decisions about health during this phase of life.
Through my educational platforms – Adele Johnston Coaching, the MSCC, social media, and The Menopause Coach podcast – I’m empowering women to navigate menopause with confidence, fostering a deeper understanding of their bodies and self-connection; and promoting a proactive approach to managing their menopause well-being vibrantly.
Vibrant – My business breathes vibrancy, awakens vibrancy, and unlocks vibrancy in the lives of women in menopause by curating a dynamic range of activities, interventions, approaches, and experiences tailored to their unique needs. Through engaging programs and a supportive community, my business redefines the menopause journey as an exciting chapter of growth and exploration filled with opportunities for many.
By infusing positivity and energy into every aspect, I inspire women to embrace this stage with enthusiasm, and positive practice and fostering a vibrant and empowered outlook on their lives beyond menopause.
How did you personally prepare for the success your company has achieved?
Having a strong connection with myself and a strong emotional intelligence I recognize when I give too much energy out and don’t take enough self-care time for me. As a result of having major burnout in my corporate years, I established a powerful personal operating resilience routine and have some key non-negotiables in there such as daily Steps For Health, daily Care slots and I found great resilience in breathwork and meditation.
At 37 I started my own HRT journey and I personally know, because of how low my hormones estradiol and testosterone were, that I’d personally not be where I am today without this. Finding the hormonal happiness levels for me was the biggest positive change that impacted me personally.
I practiced, and still do practice many positive psychology interventions and practices, including affirmations of I AM.
What advice or tips do you have for women experiencing menopause early and unsure of how to start the conversation with their primary care or gynecologist?
If you’re experiencing perimenopause and are unsure about how to start the conversation with your primary care or gynecologist, here are some tips to consider:
- Prepare Yourself: Before your appointment, gather information about your symptoms, and any changes you’ve noticed. This will help you communicate effectively and provide your healthcare provider with relevant details.
- Be Open and Honest: Approach the conversation with honesty but knowing you have the best awareness of your own body, is better than your doctor does because it is yours. This means you get to express your worries, fears, and questions openly. Remember that your healthcare provider is there to help and support you.
- Raise Your Concerns: Start by mentioning that you’ve been experiencing symptoms that you believe might be related to early menopause. This can open the door to a broader discussion about your situation. This is where point 1 is so valuable.
- Ask Questions: Don’t hesitate to ask questions about early perimenopause, early menopause, or even post-menopause. Knowing its potential causes, and the available treatment options so you’re. well-informed, will empower you to make decisions that are right for your situation. If you feel you’re not being listened to, advocate for yourself and ask for a second opinion.
- Build a Partnership: View the conversation as a collaborative effort between you and your healthcare provider. Together, you can develop a plan to manage your early menopause journey effectively.
- It’s in initiating this conversation ( a crucial step in taking control of your health during this phase) that you truly unearth your true needs. Your healthcare provider is there to support you, so don’t hesitate to reach out and start the dialogue.
What is next for you in entrepreneurship?
I have many projects for 2024 and beyond. I am ending this year with a stunning businesswoman’s luxury retreat in Ibiza in August, and I have a huge international speaking gig this September at IFS (International Fitness Summit). Our final intake for the Menopause Support Coach Certification this year begins in September and graduates in December, and a very exciting brand new support platform will be going into soft launch in October.
Entrepreneurship to me is all about exploring, trying, and trusting that I know where I want to go and what I want to do, so taking action in the direction of my North Star and being resilient along the way.
2023 has been a big year for my team and me and 2024 is set to be even bigger.
What is your definition of a Pretty Woman Who Hustles?
“Pretty Woman Who Hustles” embodies a powerful blend of strength, resilience, and relentless determination. She takes fast, focused action in her entrepreneurial projects or career ambitions, even her personal goals are faced with a profound commitment to her North Star, but never to the detriment of herself, her health, and her wealth. She fully understands that without her health and well-being, she has a risk to her success.
She refuses to be confined by societal norms, advocating for doing business and life her way and having fun, showing up for herself, and creating a life of freedom, opportunity, and the dismantling of gender stereotypes while achieving success on her own terms with no limits. She is vibrant, resilient, and powerful, but above all, she’s self-connected and living her life on purpose with purpose and spending her life currency in line with her values. A true powerhouse female.