Working with menopause

Remember typewriters? I first learned to key on one. I was 12. It was a helpful beginning and little did I know that that skill would support my entire working life!

I even won a competition for speed-typing once; I think I was 30-something.. then keyboards came into being, and I found I could key even faster.

This skill didn’t do me any good, however, when I got to perimenopause, because I found that my keying became sluggish and my accuracy slipped. I couldn’t explain why my fingers weren’t as nimble, or why I was hitting the wrong keys, or why I’d lose my patience so quickly.

I’d always been confident and skilful and I began to panic. My performance at work was important to me. I was proud and conscientious, but now I was losing my poise and my confidence.

Frequent feelings of panic brought on intense hot flushes, followed by overwhelming perspiration from top to toe, which made me feel dirty and tired. I wanted to crawl under the desk and never come out. It not only affected my work, but it also affected my relationships there.

Knowing what I know now about the potential effects of fluctuating hormones, I’d love to go back to that self and reassure her that there are many ways to help.

Thank goodness it’s been recognised that women at work are subject to the effects of menopause and need support, and for some, to even get through the day.

If you’re not coping at work quite as well as before, please reach out, because you don’t have to suffer, not at all, and not alone.

I’m not a qualified clinician, dietician, or psychologist, or anything! I write based only on my own experiences, personal views, and research into menopause. Please always seek the advice of a professional. Jacky Wood

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