Is the Menopause the time to start a new business?
Well, the answers to this may be yes or it may be no, it very much depends on you. If you ask me, I’d say “Why not?”.
The menopause is a period of transition that can offer a real opportunity to take stock of all aspects of your life. For many women, this can mean going for that job, career or new business opportunity that you’ve always wanted to do. Often fear, other commitments, and where we are in our lives can hold us back. The menopause can often coincide with children growing up, more time and a real focus on “if I don’t do it now, it may be too late.”
However, the menopause also comes with its challenges and life can be quite tough for a few years. For some women, the focus becomes how to simplify their work life. It’s all about finding what’s the right journey for you.
So, let’s just explore what happens during the menopause and how this may affect our working life.
What is the Menopause?
“Menopause is the permanent end of menstruation and fertility, defined as occurring 12 months after your last period”
This is the clinical definition of the Menopause but it really doesn’t tell the whole story. Menopause is not a one-off event and changes can start occurring in your body many years before you reach this stage. Menopause is a normal, natural event signalling the end of fertility and the beginning of a new and potentially rewarding time in our life.
Most common symptoms of the Menopause:– Hot flashes/night sweats- Irritability
– Highly emotional
– Struggling to sleep
– Irregular periods
– Weight gain – especially around the stomach
Some other symptoms that you might not realise are associated with the Menopause:
– Forgetfulness (especially word memory)- Incontinence/bladder infections
– Mental fuzziness– Vaginal dryness/painful sex
– Swollen/sore breasts
– Excessive bleeding
– PMS like symptoms
– Itchy/twitchy legs
– Achy limbs
– Itchy/dry skin
– Low libido
– Facial hair
– Increased cravings for carbs and fat
– Low immune system
– Slower metabolism
– Relying on coffee/alcohol
This list isn’t meant to scare you, you’re unlikely to suffer with all of these symptoms. One of the major challenges is that every woman’s journey through the menopause is different. This can make the transition a real challenge.
With all of this going on it can have a big impact on your working life.
When we work with women at The Menopause Club, the focus is on taking a step back and looking at what is and isn’t working in your life. When it comes to work – how do you feel about your job? How do you want to feel?
If you want to slow things down for a while and not focus on progressing your career or business, that’s ok. As long as it’s what you really want and what will make you happy.
If you feel a real passion to start something new, use this time in your life to find what you love and make it happen.
If you want to pursue something new but you’re struggling with your symptoms then now is the time to take action. There is no question that the menopause can be tough, but there is so much you can do to manage your way through this journey.
The Menopause Club offers lots of free resources including “10 Things You Can Do Today to Improve Your Menopause”
We launch our Membership Programme this autumn and we would love the opportunity to support women through this transition as they start or develop new businesses.
We want you to think about the Menopause as a chance to set yourself free, it’s about the start of the rest of your life and the chance to put in place all the changes you should have made or wanted to make but not had the time. NOW is the time for action.