Plan ahead for your decorating, gift giving (intentional, appropriate, meaningful), buying (local and small business), cooking (ahead of time as much as possible), baking (same), wrapping (reuse gift bags, use flyers or magazine pages to reduce waste and save trees), sharing (cookies, recipes, happiness, joy). And remember TIP #1: KEEP IT SIMPLE!
Memory loss and brain fog are common and normal in menopause. Make a list, rather than trying to remember the million things you need to do in the next few weeks.
And ask for help!
If you live with company remember to plan how others can help you this holiday season. Help may come in many forms.
You may ask for practical help with chores such as cooking, shopping, cleaning, and so on.
Or you can ask for help on a more personal level. Tell your family that you would appreciate an hour more in bed each day of the holidays, or you would like more sympathy and understanding because menopause isn’t easy and you’re not feeling great these days. You may ask them to allow you some time alone in a room by yourself to read, meditate, and be quiet for a while.
What’s the worst that can happen if you ask?
Hot flashes and night sweats, anxiety, mood swings, irritability, disabling fatigue, feeling overwhelmed…
When I became an NCMP in 2013 the experts believed that bothersome menopause lasted on average 3 to 5 years. Now they realize that most women can go for 10 to 12 years suffering with unpleasant and sometimes debilitating menopause symptoms. Give me a complimentary Discovery Call if your symptoms are bothering you. Remember that for every challenge (peri)menopause poses there’s a solution.