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On the last track, we discussed three concepts of memory loss in menopausal clients. These three concepts menopausal memory loss included: poor verbal memory; brain fog; and change in thinking styles.
On this track, we will present three strategies that menopausal clients can use to help them cope with the day-to-day. These daily menopausal coping methods include: Watching What You Wear; Going with the Mood Swing; and Lifeline.
3 Strategies to Help Cope
#1 Watching What You Wear
I usually advise that they avoid restrictive clothing such as turtlenecks and also to stay away from thicker and irritating materials such as wool that may become itchy with sweat. Also, this technique is helpful for women with low self-esteem due to mood swings and sudden depression. I ask that my clients spend a little bit of extra money in order to buy high quality clothing that will wear nicely and give the client an extra boost of self-esteem. This can help in a mood swing as the client may feel less self-conscious about herself. Think of your menopausal client. Could a change in wardrobe relieve her hot flashes? What about mood swings?
#2 Going with the Mood Swing
Think of your client who experiences severe mood swings due to menopause. Would she benefit from these "Going with the Mood Swing" techniques?
I also remind them to consider the sex of their "lifeline," because the two different genders react differently to problems. Women tend to sit and empathize while listening intently. Men, however, will listen to a problem and try to think of a solution. If no solution readily presents itself, men will clam up emotionally. If a client’s lifeline is her husband, which it often is, I suggest that she offers solutions so that her husband does not feel that he has to think of resolutions by himself.
Susan, age 49, had chosen her husband Robert as her lifeline. Lately, Susan had become increasingly irritable which confused Robert. In order to clear up this confusion, Susan decided to talk to her husband about solutions to the tension. When she sat him down to talk to him about her menopausal problems, she stated, "I know I’ve been difficult lately, and I’m sorry. I’ve been going through a lot of changes, and I really need your help. It would be really nice if we could cuddle a little bit when I get so crazy. I just need to feel wanted." Think of your Susan. Who would she reach out to as a lifeline?
On this track, we discussed three strategies that menopausal clients can use to help them cope with the day-to-day. These daily menopausal coping methods included: Watching What You Wear; Going with the Mood Swing; and Lifeline.
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