As the festive season twinkles on our doorsteps, it's a time filled with laughter, twinkling lights, and the warmth of family gatherings. But amidst the festivities, have you ever wondered how this season feels for women experiencing menopause?
Intrigued by this thought, we reached out to 383 wonderful women navigating menopause. We were curious to understand how they felt the festive cheer impacts their symptoms and well being. The responses we received were not only insightful but also a bit of an eye-opener!
So, What did our survey reveal?
- Festive stress is real: An astounding 77.8% of our respondents shared that they found the lead-up to Christmas stressful. Juggling preparations, family members and expectations can indeed be a hefty load to carry.
- Menopause symptoms on the rise: Over half, precisely 58.2%, reported their menopause symptoms intensify during this period.
- An uptick in anxiety levels: A significant 69.7% experienced heightened anxiety during the festive season. The bustling nature of the holidays seems to contribute to this increased anxiety, intertwined with the physical changes of menopause.
- Self-care often overlooked: Interestingly, only 5.5% of these remarkable women said they put their own well-being first, with many focusing on family needs, highlighting a crucial gap in self-care that's often missed during these times.
What can we take from this?
Our conversation with these 383 incredible women has shed light on the complexities faced during the festive season. The blend of increased stress, whilst navigating menopause presents a unique challenge. Moreover, when self-care takes a backseat, the strain can deepen and can present itself physically with women experiencing an increase in their symptoms.
But here’s the silver lining: by having these discussions, we’re taking the first step towards change. Acknowledging and understanding these experiences is vital in making the festive season a more comfortable and joyous time for everyone.
As we gear up for the festive cheer, let’s also make a conscious effort to support ourselves and the wonderful women around us. Whether it's through a kind word, understanding, or some much-deserved self-care, every little bit counts.
Here’s to a festive season that’s as much about care and understanding as it is about celebration. Let's make it a time to remember for all the right reasons.
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