More and more businesses looking to support employees through menopause with CBT

Women experiencing the menopause are now able to access web-based cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) via employee health and wellbeing specialists Rightsteps.   

Menopause is a natural and inevitable part of life for women, including those aged over 50 who are the fastest growing portion of the UK workforce.  

The content has been devised with the guidance of Professor Myra Hunter whose research* has found that this therapy can assist in managing problematic symptoms associated with the menopause.  

The fear of going red in the face or breaking out in a sweat – and the stress this triggers – can lead to employees avoiding some work situations, says Professor Hunter.   

Originally developed for anxiety and depression, evidence-based CBT is now being used for a wide range of other issues, from helping patients manage cardiac problems to coping with chronic pain.   

It supports women going through the menopause develop effective strategies to reduce stress and overly negative thoughts which can make symptoms worse.   

CBT is also helpful for those seeking an alternative to hormone replacement therapy (HRT). 

Professor Hunter, from King’s College London, said: “Cognitive behaviour therapy looks at relationships between cognitions (thoughts, beliefs, our appraisal, our views, our interpretations of what’s happening), behaviours and physical symptoms.

“There are often vicious cycles when we look at the relationships between thoughts and behaviours and we have found that stress, negative thoughts and certain behaviours can affect women’s experience of the menopause.

“CBT provides skills that help to calm physiological arousal and moderate negative thoughts and reactions; our research has shown that CBT is effective in reducing the impact of hot flushes and night sweats and improving mood and sleep.” 

David Lewis, Director at employee wellbeing specialists Rightsteps, said: “Recent research suggests that nearly 1 in 10 women leave the workforce as a result of menopausal symptoms. In the current climate employers simply can’t afford to let this happen.

Author: Editorial Team

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