Going through the menopause can be a really confusing time. The symptoms can really sneak up on you. I didn’t know it was because our fertility hormones decline and can even change you as a person, going from hot flushes, itchy skin, heavy bleeding, migraines and also depression and anxiety. When you don’t know what’s going on it’s hard to talk about with your colleagues and you don’t know what it is. You don’t want people to think you’re crazy. But I learned it’s really important just to share what’s going on with you no matter what. It is because people are always open to listen and give guidance and help. It also helps to write what’s going on, down as you can also take this information to your DR. By having a list already written down, you’ll be able to go through these in the short 10 minutes you’ve got. If you’re struggling, do take a friend with you too, they can take notes, and ask questions. I was in a temp job once, where people weren’t as welcoming or friendly. I was taken on to take the pressure off the team and they were supposed to delegate work to me. When they didn’t despite me asking, I found my own things to do and just became proactive. I instantly felt the vibe of “you don’t belong here” and I knew that wasn’t a place for me.