Taking Care of You

All of your adult life has been spent tending to the needs of others. You’ve taken care of your spouse, your children and your home. You’re now at a stage in life that you need to start focusing more on yourself, turning inwards, so to speak, to prepare for the second half of your life.

You may already feel tired and worn down. That’s a great reason to start tending to yourself more often. Follow these guidelines and you’ll feel better before you know it.

Eating right
One of the first things to do, if you haven’t already is to change your eating habits. It can be funny how your body will actually start craving more vegetables during this stage of your life. Maybe you’ve eaten on the go most of your life, grabbed quick meals too often and cooked easy to prepare meals for your family. This is the time to start savoring meal time. Start eating more lean protein, fresh vegetables, nuts, fruits and berries.

Avoid as many processed foods, especially refined sugars, as you can. These foods can wreak havoc on your hormones during pre-menopause and menopause. Eat healthier so you can feel better.

If you’ve never been much for exercising, now is a great time to start. Pick something you will enjoy doing. You can choose dance, aerobics, swimming or even yoga. Yoga is great because it can be very gentle and helps you discover areas of your body that need attention.

The key is to get moving a little bit each day.

You don’t have to sit around cross-legged and chant. Simple meditation, like concentrating on your breathing can do wonders for your over-all health and especially your mental health. You simply need to quiet the mind and try to focus on one thing. You can say positive affirmations to yourself, listen to quiet music or just breathe.

Relaxation at this stage in life is especially important. Don’t fret over having a spotless home or getting everything done all of the time. Take some time for yourself to relax. You can take a nice warm bubble bath, use scented oils, light some candles–whatever soothes your soul and helps you calm down from a long day.

This stage in life really is a time of reflection and deciding how you want to live the rest of your life without the hectic schedule of tending to your children. They are growing up and moving out, if they haven’t already done so. It’s likely you aren’t sure what to do with yourself now.

Following the above tips will not only help you feel better, but can also give you some much needed time to decide what’s next in your life.