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91: Business, Burnout & Perimenopause

Updated: Feb 23



Introduction:

In this post, we'll delve into the important topic of perimenopause and its impact on women in business. Perimenopause is a normal reproductive phase of life that brings about various symptoms, affecting not only a woman's health but also every aspect of her life, including her role as a mother and her professional endeavours. We'll explore the connection between burnout, business, and perimenopause, and discuss strategies to empower and support women during this transformative stage.


The Impact of Perimenopause on Women in Business:

Perimenopause is characterized by fluctuating hormones, which can disrupt sleep, decrease energy levels, and impair mental clarity. These changes often lead to a lack of drive, motivation, and focus, ultimately impacting a woman's productivity and success in business. Furthermore, increased sensitivity to stress and physical symptoms such as hot flashes and aches can exacerbate burnout and further hinder workplace performance.


1. Work-Life Balance:

One of the main reasons women in business experience burnout is the challenge of maintaining a healthy work-life balance. Balancing the demands of a successful career while shouldering an unequal burden of domestic responsibilities can be overwhelming. Women often find themselves juggling the pressures of running a household, taking care of their families, and excelling in their careers, leading to exhaustion and a sense of being spread too thin.


2. Workplace Dynamics:

Gender disparities persist in many workplaces, with underrepresentation of women in leadership roles. This can lead to a lack of understanding from superiors and colleagues about the unique challenges faced by women in terms of work-life integration. Additionally, the pressure to compete with other women in business and the imposter syndrome can contribute to increased stress and burnout.


3. Individual Factors:

Perfectionism, the pressure to do it all, difficulty setting boundaries, and internalizing societal expectations all contribute to burnout. Women often set unrealistic expectations for themselves, striving for perfection and neglecting self-care. The constant need to prove oneself and the fear of inadequacy can be overwhelming and lead to emotional exhaustion.


Navigating Perimenopause and Business Success:

While the combination of perimenopause and the challenges of business may seem daunting, there are strategies that can help women thrive during this phase of life.


1. Prioritize Self-Care:

Self-care is crucial for maintaining overall well-being and managing the effects of perimenopause. Women in business should carve out time for themselves, whether it's engaging in physical activity, practicing mindfulness and relaxation techniques, or seeking support from healthcare professionals and hormone health coaches. Prioritizing self-care not only benefits personal health but also enhances productivity and resilience in the workplace.


2. Set Boundaries and Delegate:

Learning to set boundaries and delegate tasks is essential for avoiding burnout. Women should communicate their needs and limitations at work, establishing clear expectations with colleagues and superiors. Embracing the support and assistance of others allows for a more balanced workload and reduces the pressure to handle everything independently.


3. Foster a Supportive Network:

Building a supportive network of like-minded women in business can provide invaluable guidance, mentorship, and understanding. Surrounding yourself with individuals who share similar experiences and can offer support during the perimenopause journey can help alleviate feelings of isolation and empower you to prioritize self-care and navigate the challenges more effectively.


Conclusion:

Perimenopause, business, and burnout are interconnected aspects that impact women in unique ways. By acknowledging the challenges faced by women in business and understanding how the physical and emotional changes of perimenopause can contribute to burnout, we can cultivate strategies to overcome these obstacles. Prioritizing self-care, setting boundaries, and fostering a supportive network are essential steps toward achieving success and well-being during this transformative stage of life. Remember, perimenopause doesn't mean the end of your career aspirations; with the right support and self-care practices, your prime time for achievement is yet to come.


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Note: This blog post is based on the "91: Business, Burnout & Perimenopause" podcast episode by Vandghie, the host of The Perimenopause Podcast.

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