This guest columnist is by Lisa Bradford, RN, a wellness coach for the Baptist Health 4her program.
When women are experiencing the hot flashes, mood swings and other challenges of menopause, their partners may not know how to provide support.
Though many people want to be there for their partners, they often feel clueless about how to do so. In fact, a common complaint we hear is, “I feel helpless and don’t know what to say or do.”
Partners of women going through menopause should remember that decreasing hormone levels may result in mixed and/or negative emotions. The physical changes women endure may cause tiredness, weakness and forgetfulness. Women in menopause may also feel sad or angry about entering this new stage of life.
During this process, partners may be spending more time together than they have in years, especially if their children have left home or an aging parent has passed away and no longer needs care.
It is the beginning of your “next phase” as a couple, and the great thing is that you can make it a very rich and rewarding time in your lives. Fine-tuning your relationship skills and being willing to weather the changes menopause brings are key during this time.