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Ten Tips for Managing Menopause Stress Over the Holidays

Posted Nov 18 2011 8:04am

‘Tis the season to be jolly. Yes, that means you. Even though you’d like to pretend you have all the time in the world, the holidays are upon us. No matter where you turn, the signs are there. Black Friday ads. Santa at the mall. The wacky neighbor with the reindeer on the roof. You already feel the pressure and anxiety building. Not to mention the hot flashes, mood swings and sleepless nights.

So how are you going to handle menopause and still put a turkey on the table and presents under the tree?  First, remember that you’ve been here before. The cooking, cleaning and shopping will all get done. But where do you start? Here are a few ideas to help you get through the holidays without losing your mind:

  • Pick your favorite part of any holiday. Do you like to cook? Well then make that the priority. Put your energy and focus into the meal and take shortcuts on everything else.
  • Dress for the occasion. Assemble a go-to holiday outfit that will fit on good days and bad. Pants or skirt, doesn’t matter as long as you feel great wearing it.
  • Be an effective shopper. If you have a lot of gifts to buy, pick a theme. Maybe everyone gets pajamas or a book. With a little creativity, the right presents can work if you’re one or ninety-one.
  • Procrastination is the enemy. Don’t wait until the last minute. There’s just no room for unnecessary stress and anxiety.
  • Don’t beat yourself up. Okay, so you’re going to overindulge a bit. We all have our weaknesses and yours might be pumpkin pie or eggnog. Tomorrow’s a new day.
  • Something’s gotta give. There are only so many hours in a day and delegation is key to your survival. Husbands, kids or guests. If there’s a warm body around, make sure they’re tackling something on the to-do list.
  • It’s not the Holiday Inn. If you find yourself hosting overnight guests, don’t try to be Martha Stewart. A warm bed, clean bathroom and your company are all anybody needs. Even your in-laws.
  • Keep a spare. Have one or two small gifts around for that unexpected visitor or last minute invite to a party. Nothing worse than getting caught off- guard and empty-handed.
  • Simple is better. Store-bought cookies, cheese and crackers, and frozen appetizers are perfectly acceptable for sharing.

And finally, take care of you. Sometimes, it’s hard to muster up the holiday spirit when your battery is running low and hormones are taking over. Find time to unwind with a good book, a cup of tea, or a warm bath. Live in the moment and enjoy your time with those you love. Because that’s what the holidays are really all about.

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