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12 Tips for Menopause-Friendly Holidays

12 Tips for Menopause-Friendly Holidays

Keeping your life under control while experiencing poor sleep, memory problems, hot flashes, fatigue, mood swings, and other unpleasant menopause challenges is hard enough. Add to that the stress of the pandemic, the “must dos” of the Holiday Season and you may want to get under the bed and resurface in (late) 2021!!!

TIP #1:  KEEP IT SIMPLE

Who do you want to be this holiday season?

A calm woman who’s looking for a holiday that’s meaningful and enjoyable? Or a frazzled, overwhelmed b*@%h who’s at the end of her rope and just wants the holidays over with so you can rest?

Think you can’t choose because it’s the same story every year?

Think again! This is 2020, no ordinary year, so the holidays will be different as well. But they don’t have to be worse.

This year we are being asked to celebrate with our household only. It may just be the year to assess your holiday traditions. How have they made you feel, exhausted or satisfied?

As we’ve been hearing 2020 made us “pause”, as if you needed another “pause” in your life!

Pause now and assess how you’re feeling (is menopause making you exhausted, overwhelmed, on edge, angry, drained, etc.?) and adjust your holiday plans to help you feel better and not to put more pressure on yourself and your health.

The gap between reality and perfection is satisfaction!

Do you really need three sets of lights on the staircase? And to decorate the house and the yard with a million Christmas decorations? Do you need to bake three different recipes of cookies to share? Would the family be satisfied with just one side dish versus three?

If you have a family, let them know what you have in mind for this year’s holidays so you don’t get pushback by unexpectedly changing traditions- manage expectations.

Read the rest of my 12 Tips on my blog!

Teresa Isabel Dias is a pharmacist with over 25 years of professional experience. Ten years ago, after her son asked her if she was bipolar because her mood swings were so intense she became a Menopause Practitioner (NCMP) certified by the North American Menopause Society (NAMS) to help other women navigate the change. She founded MenopausED, an online women’s health practice specialized in menopause and she offers:
Email:  teresa@menopaused.org
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