This week, our guest post is from Julie Dennis. Julie will also be running a masterclass for The Academy for Talented Women on managing menopause in the workplace. Read how you can join us at the end of the post.
In a recent study nearly 50% of the women interviewed felt menopause symptoms had a negative impact on their performance at work. Is that you?
The most common symptoms were poor concentration, tiredness and poor memory.
And surprise surprise hot flushes were cited as a major source of distress for women at work too.
Hot flushes aren’t just uncomfortable, they’re embarrassing, especially when you’re with colleagues.
You know how it is. Mid meeting you suddenly sense that inner spark ignite.
You try to stay focused on what’s being said, maybe casually remove your jacket or put your hair up to get some cool air on the back of your neck.
Perhaps you make a joke about being a woman of a certain age, “is it hot in here or is it just me ha ha?”
Except it’s not funny is it? It’s humiliating.
The good news is it doesn’t have to be that way. You really can learn about managing menopause in the workplace. The secret lies in managing your cortisol levels.
High levels of cortisol, your main stress hormone, is the most common hormone imbalance in women over the age of 40.
Your body is designed to release cortisol when your mind perceives you to be in a stressful situation. It’s part of your fight or flight response.
Your adrenal glands pump out cortisol to give you the energy to either flee or stand and fight. This ancient response was originally designed to help you deal with the stress of a life or death situation. Perhaps a confrontation with a neighbouring tribe or an attack by a dangerous animal.
Modern day stresses of course are very different. They’re made up of certain foods, types of drink, poorly worded emails, traffic jams, toxins and even your working environment.
Menopause itself is a form of stress on your body.
But here’s the thing, the same stress response still gets triggered today even though the danger isn’t actually life threatening.
And stress in the 21st century workplace is unrelenting. So instead of cortisol being produced when you actually need it, your body starts to produce it all the time.
So what’s stressing you out? What are you eating, drinking or experiencing during your working day that’s triggering your fight or flight response, increasing your cortisol levels and making your menopause symptoms worse?
Once you know what your triggers are you can work on managing or eliminating that trigger and you really can cool down, calm down, breakthrough the brain fog and stay on track with your career.
You see, whilst you can’t avoid stress in the 21st century what you can do is learn how to manage it, through the way you eat and drink, the way you exercise, your menopause mindset and by reducing your exposure to toxins.
Julie will be running a virtual seminar on managing menopause in the workplace for my Academy for Talented Women Members on Wednesday 12 October. She will also share a simple but effective framework for you to follow so you can talk to your boss about how your symptoms are affecting your ability to do you job without damaging your career.
If you’d like access to the webinar – both live and recorded version, to watch, listen or download whenever you want, click here to read all the other benefits and join the Academy now.
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