Entrepreneur and Cool-jams founder, Anita Mahaffey knows what it is like to live with menopausal symptoms while being in a demanding job. “That time of life was particularly tough,” she says. “Admitting to those pesky menopause symptoms is still something working women prefer to keep to themselves. I tended to have a sense of humor about menopause. In any case, I survived my personal summer and even started Cool-jams in the process!” While menopausal symptoms may have a significant impact on occupational health, the good news is there is tips women can use to focus on their jobs, not their symptoms, as follows
- Cool down: request or purchase a fan for your work space, or if possible open a window. Wear moisture wicking clothing to help with those hot flashes. You won't see the sweat stains if you are wearing a moisture wicking t-shirt.
- Dress in layers: you have the option to add or remove clothing (like a sweater, or jacket) if your temperature fluctuates.
- Take 5: short breaks and walks can clear your mind, relieve stress, and cool you down if you are having a hot flash.
- Laugh: Humor can help ease tension during situations that may be uncomfortable, such as having a hot flash during an important presentation.
- Make lists: to-do lists can help you keep track of your tasks, so you don't get overwhelmed or forget important jobs.
- Be sure to eat well and exercise to help relieve stress
- Get enough sleep. Most menopausal women need 7-8 hours per night. I know I do. If you're not sleeping figure out why and try to do something about it. In case you are wondering...that's why Cool-jams was born. I needed to sleep and by finding a solution for night sweats, I conquered my sleep problems.