The key to a solid support system for dealing with menopause is communication. While it can be a ‘touchy’ subject, we all need to get past this stigma. Being shy about it only makes problems worse. From the woman’s perspective, you must clearly communicate your symptoms and woes to your family and friends, and let them know what they can do to assist you. Or at least not provoke you.
From the perspective of friends and family having to live with the ups and downs of a wife, mother or friend going through menopause, it’s important to be patient and understanding. While it’s up to the woman to clearly tell you what’s bothering her, you can’t expect that she will follow through in doing that. So be patient and ask questions about how you can help make it easier for her.
As we’ve said before, there’s no tell-all formula for menopause relief. Each woman reacts differently to different symptoms. So the best way to offer support is to be understanding and simply ask how you can help. And ladies, don’t hesitate to ask for help either. Simple communication can go a long way.
However, being too close to a situation can sometimes cloud one’s judgment and ability to offer optimal support. This is not anyone’s fault. It’s a fact of human psychology. If you notice stagnation in your support system at home or with your friends, don’t hesitate to seek support outside your close-knit circle. Online discussion boards and forums are a great resource for anonymous peer insight. At the very least, they’re great avenues for letting off a little steam without hurting anyone’s feelings.
Also, here are some links to a few other menopause support forums: