In the early 1990s I worked in the office at a local rest home. One of my fellow workers was experiencing terrible hot flashes and would sit in front of the fan, peel off layers of clothes, and remind the rest of us she was burning up. As a last resort, she decided to turn on the air conditioning, which would have been fine if it hadn’t been the dead of winter. The rest of the office huddled together like frozen fish sticks until she finally turned it off.
The rest of the world doesn’t seem very sympathetic to a woman in the throes of menopause, and have their own problems to deal with. However, it is helpful to be able to confide in someone who knows what you are going through.
Hot flashes, muscle aches, loss of energy, and weight gain are just a few of the symptoms that you may feel you need extra support to deal with.
That’s where joining a menopause support group can be life changing. These groups are springing up everywhere so there’s a good chance you can join in your hometown. It provides a safe environment where you can tell it like it is without someone telling you to shut up and deal with it.
Every woman deals with menopause in her own way, and a support group brings women together who are facing similar issues. You can pick up some good tips that you’ve never tried before, and maybe that is just what you need to take care of your symptoms.
It’s very satisfying to know that you have made a difference in someone else’s life and you can develop lifelong friendships. Helping other people always takes your mind off your own problems, even if it’s just for a short time.
If there is no support group nearby, you can choose to connect on the internet or by telephone. You can choose a professional group leader, such as a nurse, social worker, or psychologist or just appoint someone from within the group.
When you can openly express your feelings, you feel less stressed, and better able to cope when troublesome menopause symptoms arise because you know you can always turn to the group for support.
Ask your doctor about finding a menopause support group, or contact a church, library, or community center. The internet may help you find what you’re looking for, or if you really want to step outside your comfort zone, start your own support group.