World Menopause Day is held every year on the 18th of October. The purpose of World Menopause Day is to raise awareness of a natural, yet significant, phase in a woman's life - and the support options available for improving health and wellbeing. By raising awareness and educating all about menopause, we can support and empower women as they navigate the physical, emotional, and psychological changes that come with this transition.
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The theme for World Menopause Day 2023 is ‘Menopause and Cardiovascular Disease'. Breast cancer is often believed to be the number one cause of death in women. In reality, it is cardiovascular disease and researchers have recently discovered that menopause may lead to a heightened risk of developing cardiovascular disease.
By understanding more about the causes and impacts of cardiovascular disease, women can take steps to reduce their risk.
Menopause is a biological event marking the end of a woman's reproductive years. It typically occurs between the ages of 45 and 55 and is characterised by the point at which a woman has not had a period for 12 months. This significant life event is preceded and accompanied by, hormonal fluctuations, which can lead to a whole host of challenging physical and emotional symptoms, including hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, and changes in bone density.
World Menopause Day serves several vital purposes:
Awareness: One of the primary goals of this day is to raise awareness about menopause, dispel myths, and provide accurate information. Many women are unaware of key information and are unprepared for this transition, which can lead to confusion and distress. World Menopause Day encourages open discussions and knowledge sharing.
Support: Menopause can be challenging and women need support during this time. This day promotes the creation of a supportive community where women can seek guidance, share their experiences, and connect with others going through the same changes.
Empowerment: Menopause does not have to be a time of suffering. By understanding the process and seeking appropriate advice and treatment, women can take control of their health and wellbeing. World Menopause Day empowers women to make informed choices about their health.
Reducing Stigma: Unfortunately, menopause is still often a taboo topic and can be misunderstood by those around us. World Menopause Day seeks to break down these barriers and promote a more inclusive and understanding society.
What can you do to help this World Menopause Day?
Educate Yourself: Take time to educate yourself about menopause. Understand the physical and emotional changes through resources, books, and websites dedicated to menopause. For more information, check out our menopause training at https://www.enhancingminds.co.uk/services
Share Knowledge: Share information about World Menopause Day on social media, among friends, and within your workplace.
Supportive Conversations: Engage in open and supportive conversations about menopause with your friends, family, and colleagues. Encourage an environment where women feel comfortable discussing their experiences.
Seek Medical Advice: If you are approaching or experiencing menopause, consult a healthcare professional. They can provide guidance on managing symptoms and maintaining your overall health.
Self-Care: Those going through menopause should prioritise self-care. This includes maintaining a healthy lifestyle, practicing stress reduction techniques, and seeking mental and emotional support when needed.
Together we can help women transition through this phase with confidence and improved wellbeing. Celebrate this day by joining the conversation, sharing your experiences, and fostering a more understanding and supportive community for all women.
What about Menopause in the Workplace?
Menopausal women are one of the fastest growing demographics in the workforce.
3 in 4 will experience symptoms at work.
1 in 4 women experiencing menopause, consider leaving their employment.
1 in 10 women experiencing menopause, leave their employment.
If you would like to be proactive about supporting menopause in the workplace, check out our menopause training at https://www.enhancingminds.co.uk/services
We offer specific training courses on menopause and menopause for managers to educate the workforce and help create a safe, supportive and inclusive workplace.
At Enhancing Minds, it is our mission that all employees are able to access better mental health support in the workplace. We hope you will join us in celebrating and reflecting on what we can all do to support others around us on World Menopause Day.
Please get in touch to learn more about what Enhancing Minds can offer your workplace this World Menopause Day.
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