Welcome to this months peer supervision talk on the menopause.
Menopause symptoms can be very debilitating, as a woman aged 45, I recently realised that I was experiencing the signs and symptoms of perimenopause.
I started struggling to sleep well, had big emotional outbursts that really weren't normal for me, and hot flashes.
Hot flashes sometimes known as hot flushes, for me, feels as though I'm being very quickly overwhelmed with unbearable and stifling heat. I described it to my partner as a volcanic eruption going off in my belly and very quickly hot lava rises through my body into my head.
When a flush happens, I become very quickly wet with sweat and need to change my clothes, I'm very conscious about body odour as I work with people, I prefer to smell good, so, often have to jump back in the shower and freshen up quickly, causing me to run late or rush and feel anxious.
For many women when flashes happen there's a feeling of ‘everyone is looking at me’, wondering who that bonkers woman is who has suddenly turned a bright shade of red.
The good news is hypnotherapy can massively help and i have been reaping the rewards already.