Menopause: How adopt a mindful approach and thrive
Today 1 in every three women in our workplaces are menopausal so why is menopause still taboo? 80% of women in the West report symptoms. Yet 70% claim to be unwilling to discuss their menopause with their friends or partner let alone their boss.
The menopause happens to all women and is just another stage in life’s rich journey. However, it’s not something most of us feel comfortable talking about, and it’s only recently that it has been getting more mention in the media but even then is it ever positive? Also, doctors often automatically hand out pills for it as though it is an illness rather than a natural phase of life.
How men can better manage stress
Today there is a significant conversation about stress and especially about stress at work about women. The number of people signed off due to stress-related ill-health has grown at an alarming rate.
As a mindfulness coach, I see many women reaching out for support. Mindfulness training in and out of workplaces, yoga, meditation and the like appear strongly skewed to females. Therefore, it’s essential that we talk more about men and stress in the workplace and beyond. And find more ways to encourage men to participate in mindfulness training. So for International Men’s Day, I put together a short overview of stress with a focus on men.
How to respond to stress differently
Often, we talk about stress in a one-dimensional context, i.e., fight or flight. However, is this the only response humans have to stress? According to research we have another innate response ‘tend and befriend’ which allows us to bring care and compassion to the forefront of any stressful situation.