Tips for Successful Midlife Management.

I am 50+ and I start experience changes as many of us women who move from their mid 40s into their 50s and onward. Sometimes change isn’t necessarily welcome, nor is it always easy to cope with.  

There are ways to help ease the transition:

Seek the support you need.

It is not uncommon for women in midlife to have the responsibility of caring for elders, as well as their own children. This can many times become overwhelming. It is therefore essential to receive the help you need when it comes to housekeeping, preparing meals and other daily tasks. Don't feel pressured to do it all yourself.

Establish an exercise routine

The benefits of exercise on physical and mental health are well known. Exercise promotes well-being by releasing the body's mood-elevating compounds – ‘feel good hormones’ – endorphins, and reducing the depression and stress hormone cortisol. It also provides a feeling of accomplishment and is a self-esteem booster, as well. Walking, running, swimming, and skating are some examples of accessible forms of exercise. However, never start a new exercise routine without first consulting your doctor.

Learn healthy stress management techniques

Stress can impact all areas of life and even intensify symptoms of a pre-existing ailment. Midlife is often associated with stressful events such as children leaving home, loss of a parent, caring for a parent, and/or marital changes. It is important to identify stressors that you can avoid (such as trying to do too much). Relaxation techniques such as mediation and breathing exercises can help promote inner calm. Aromatherapy is also very beneficial for lowering stress levels.

Promote sleep

Irregular sleep patterns can make anxiety and depression worse. Bedtime rituals such as reading, meditating, listening to a soothing cd, or taking a warm bath can help you ease into restful sleep. Nature also provides us with a number of herbs that naturally promote inner calm and facilitate restful sleep without the risk of side effects.

Make necessary dietary and lifestyle changes

A balanced diet is the foundation for optimal physical and mental health. Also, limiting the consumption of refined sugar, caffeine, alcohol, and chocolate may help.

Spend time with others

When overwhelmed, anxious or depressed, an individual may feel like withdrawing from others, including family and friends. However, spending time with loved ones helps to gain perspective.

Give yourself a break

Even if only for 1 hour each day, it’s important to take some time to be by yourself and relax.