I’m 46 and in my mid to late 30’s started to experience perimenopause symptoms I was relatively young to transition through the menopause and it came as a surprise. At the time people didn’t really talk about it, it was not in the main stream media and I really did not understand what was happening, what to expect or what to do about it.
As I got in to my 40’s I had climbed the career ladder in the aviation industry to Director level and I was travelling literally all over the world claiming back money for major international airlines from aircraft manufacturers and other suppliers. On the outside life must have looked pretty good and I was passionate about my job, but on the inside the symptoms worsened; hot flushes, night sweats, itchy skin, brain fog, anxiety, sleepless nights, the list goes on.
I have worked in the corporate world for my whole career prior to leaving at the end of 2021 due partly to my perimenopause symptoms. Having lived with this for coming up to a decade and having been on a real rollercoaster ride I wanted to give something back to people going through menopause and share ways to help improve health, diet, exercise, sleep and mindfulness. So, my aim is to raise awareness and educate companies and people about this important topic.
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Why did I set up Don’t Pause for Menopause?
I want to help other people transition through this time in their lives as smoothly as possible and not have to be left guessing if they are losing their minds like I felt.
I was in a senior leadership position at work, but in a male-dominated industry where no support was given and men didn’t want to know about women’s problems.
I understand feeling overwhelmed and confused with what is happening and how life changes whether you want it to or not.
I want to empower others to understand what is going on and to educate them and employers on what can be done to support people through this transition. Let's be honest women in our generation have it tough, so a professional helping hand is always worth reaching out to.
The list of expectations and responsibilities is endless, we often have older relatives to look after, children to care for, a household to tend to, a career to manage, the list goes on and on. The noise of daily life, and all the other commitments, are already taking up every spare minute of our time so we don't look after ourselves and our own mental and physical health.
Don't Pause For Menopause is all about helping people make changes which can make a big difference. We are also about education and helping companies understand what their employees are going through, how to help them, support them and even attract more high level talent, it's the perfect time to get talking...
Helping companies and helping people, what can I do for you?
I wondered why no one had educated me about this previously, why do people avoid talking about it as it affects all women and people going through the menopause?
I felt like I could not be a powerful career woman and struggle through menopause. I do not want other people to feel the same as it isn't true and having lived with this and found solutions I wanted to share them
Only over the past few years (thanks to celebrities, influencers, coaches, support groups and menopause-focused charities) are we finally talking about it, but we must do more.
Employers are also waking up to the fact that they need a formal policy and a framework to help support their staff going through this. If they don't they risk losing talent that has decades of experience and potentially court cases for discrimination.
I am a huge advocate of mental health and want to help and support others on their journey, starting right now...
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