Well, no one can say that 2020 was an average year!

As we sign off to celebrate Christmas today and bring in the New Year, things are certainly different than they usually are during this time of the year.

The team here at Emme Magazine wanted to take a few moments to wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Celebrating the holidays while going through the menopause is certainly not easy. It’s even more challenging with the extra hurdles that 2020 has thrown our way! As you open gifts and prepare a meal, we have some helpful tips and recommendations to get through the stress of the next few days.

Here are five ways to manage your Christmas stress

Keep these helpful tips in mind as you celebrate today and over the next few days

Admit that it’s a tough year

Whether you’re in a Tier 2 area and permitted to celebrate with family, or you’re stuck in Tier 4 with just your household, we all have to admit it’s a tough and strange year. Speak openly with your family and give everyone the space and permission they need to express their grief and disappointment.

Be honest about your peri menopause or menopausal symptoms

Trying to hide your menopause symptoms will only add to the day’s stress and anxiety. It’s ok to admit your struggles to your friends and family. You may find that they are far more understanding than you think. Of course, Christmas is full of love and laughter, but helping your family understand your needs will give everyone a chance to support you.

Remember that it’s ok that things aren’t perfect

This year of all years, don’t stress about the little things. If you end up forgetting a stocking stuffer or losing track of the oven space, it’s ok to throw your hands up in the air and mutter “2020 strikes again!”After all, this year we all have an excuse when things aren’t perfect.

Get the family involved

If you are celebrating with your spouse and kids, this is the year to get them involved more than ever. They can certainly help with the cooking, cleaning, and wrapping! Don’t get caught up in the trap of perfection – delegate tasks and get help with everything.

Take it easy with alcohol

It can be quite an attractive proposition to drown your sorrows in alcohol, but too much booze and the menopause don’t mix. If you overindulge with the drink, your menopause symptoms are sure to flare up and feel a lot worse.

We want everyone to have the best Christmas break possible

Even if 2020 has been a trying year. Enjoy your day as much as possible and have a wonderful holiday season. We’re with you every step of the way!

Merry Christmas and wishing you all a wonderful New Year with love from the entire team at Emme Magazine

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