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Workplace Worries

If you are currently dealing with some of the unpleasant symptoms of menopause like depression, incontinence, fatigue, and more, you know how uncomfortable they are and how disruptive they can be to your performance and mental wellbeing in the workplace. Luckily, there are some methods and strategies you can employ to make menopause-induced workplace worries a thing of the past.

HFN 090 WorkplaceWorries F18491990Addressing Environmental Triggers
No matter where you work, the first step toward reducing the stress associated with menopausal symptoms in the workplace is identifying and dealing with some of the environmental triggers that could be present in your workplace. Some factors include poor ventilation, a poorly functioning air conditioner, small spaces, stressful environments, and long hours with too few breaks, among others.

In some workplaces employees engage in outright war over control of the thermostat. An office that is too hot or too cold is not conducive to productivity, so these battles need to be settled by either your supervisor or the human resources manager. Don't be afraid to speak up, but without dissing your coworkers. Sometimes the solution is as simple as having a desk or room fan, or keeping an extra cover up, such as a shawl, on the back of your chair.

While you may not have control over some of these things, you do have control over a few of them and should deal with them accordingly. If it seems that you don't have control over something, sometimes there are alternative steps you can take in order to combat these issues. For example, if you have a problem with incontinence and your job makes it hard to get to the bathroom often or quickly, try using the restroom whenever you happen to be walking past it, even if you don't need to go. If the poor ventilation in your office is causing you to have anxiety, don't be afraid to speak up about it.

Many women find themselves too embarrassed to talk openly about their symptoms of menopause for fear they will be ridiculed and laughed at. Menopause is something that millions of women deal with on a daily basis. It is a natural and common occurrence women experience and one you should not be ashamed to go through. By addressing your concerns, you may find that they will be received better than you think. If you're met with some negative reactions, remember, others' lack of knowledge about menopause is the problem, not you.

Clinical Treatments and Therapies
Of course, there are some problems whose solutions can only be found in a clinical setting. For example, if dietary change and kegel exercises are not enough to overcome incontinence, devices such as pessaries or bladder swings can be inserted into the body by your healthcare provider to help relieve pressure. If you find you are unable to overcome some of the symptoms causing you workplace worries, it's time to visit your doctor and explore some of your options. ♀

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