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Making the Most of the Holidays During Menopause

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Making the Most of the Holidays During MenopauseIt’s the most wonderful time of the year. ... It’s the hap-happiest season of all.

During the month of December, you may feel you hear that song a lot. And as a child, you may have believed it. But as a menopausal woman, you may be a bit more skeptical. Life may have been stressful as you’ve been coping with the dynamics of middle age and menopause symptoms, so the hustle and bustle of the holidays can feel overwhelming at best.

If the holidays and special occasions are adding to your stress, your HysterSisters want to help. They understand what it’s like to be buried by menopause, so they have some some tips to share for managing holidays and special events. They know it’s worth the effort to be able to enjoy those special occasions with your family and friends.

SET GOALS – Make a realistic plan for you and your family.

Having unrealistic goals can make the holidays, family vacations, weddings, and other special events overwhelming and stressful. You set yourself up for failure. No matter how hard you try, you won’t be able to do everything for every event; after all, you are only human. But with realistic goals, you can participate in a manageable fashion. So take a few minutes to set some realistic goals for each occasion. Know your limits – and your budget – and stick with them.

SIMPLIFY – You don’t have to keep up with the neighbors.

It’s not a competition. Even if it looks like your neighbor, sister, co-worker, and everyone else is able to do it all in an elaborate fashion, you don’t have to. You and your family can enjoy events just as much – or even better – if you’ll plan them to suit your family’s interests and needs. Remember your goals and stick within your abilities and budgets. You’ll enjoy yourself a lot more if you know you won’t be stressing about the details and regretting the costs later.

TAKE TIME TO ENJOY – Stop and smell the roses.

Don’t get so caught up in planning an event that you can’t even enjoy it. If all you do is run around planning and organizing, you’ll be left exhausted and frazzled, with no happy memories for later. Take some time to stop and enjoy the moment. If that means cutting out some activities, prioritize and do so. If that means delegating some tasks, ask for help from family and friends so you can share the work and joy of the event.

This content was written by staff of HysterSisters.com by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.

11-18-2017 - 02:25 PM


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