Are you in your forties now? Maybe you are, or maybe you’re almost there that’s why you are reading this. Whatever your age now, chances are high that you’ve heard about the stresses and pressures of life as one reaches midlife. Now you might be wondering whether it is true that midlife brings with it so many challenges, or you may be wondering if it is really that bad. To find out if there is truth to all these, read on.
A person in his or her forties is expected to be in the middle of all these: a career that’s either successful or still struggling; raising children – nurturing them and spending for their education; a fat bank account or one that hardly retains anything after all the bills are paid for at the end of every month; taking care of aging parents; a marriage that’s either working splendidly, a work-in-progress, or failing; and a lot more. Relationship experts call those who find themselves in this situation as people belonging to the “sandwich generation”. With this scenario in mind, it is not difficult to imagine how stressful life can be for someone who in his or her forties. Below are some tips on how to deal effectively with the common midlife challenges.
Tip #1 Take Good Care of Yourself
Be sure to take good care of yourself, too. Don’t just fuss over your children and/or your parents; fuss over your own self. You can only give as much and remember, you can not give what you don’t have. If you’re sick, you can’t take care of them, so be sure to do the following: exercise regularly; don’t miss any meals and eat healthy food; get enough rest (be sure to sleep at least seven to eight hours at night); have a social life and spend time with your friends. All these will ensure that you’ll not only feel good about yourself, you’ll also look good. Last, you can’t do everything by yourself. Try to get someone to help you out. If you are taking care of aging parents, for example, find someone who can help you meet their care giving demands.
Tip #2 Try New Interests
Being ‘sandwiched’ with too many midlife concerns is not an excuse not to do something worthwhile for your self. The bottom line is clear – you have to take good care of yourself because if you don’t, you’ll end up stressed and depressed in time. So try and discover new interests. Yoga for instance is very good because it teaches self-calming skills. How about drawing, painting, or scrapbooking? You can also learn ballroom dancing or maybe blogging. The most important thing to remember here is try to do things that will help make you feel better about yourself.
These are just very simple tips but when they are followed, they sure can make a big difference in the quality of your life.
This is a guest post written by Siena Lombardi of Accessrx.com.