My sense of wellbeing took a tumble in mid-life. It’s often said that mid-life is a crisis point – I don’t believe it is, life just kicks in and challenges come along one way or another.
During my 40’s there was divorce and the menopause. Hormonal changes hit me so hard I didn’t know who I was any more. I had most of the typical symptoms; hot flushes, night sweats, mood swings, backache, tearfulness, poor concentration and weight gain. Go me!
In my 50’s I lost my sister to cancer and I started caring for my Mum on top of a full-time job. It just seemed like it was one thing after another. My confidence plummeted along with my self-esteem. I’d always been pretty active, and it was then that I began to find it hard to get motivated. I fell out of love with the gym and no longer wanted to go out, feeling fat, self-conscious and invisible. My life just seemed to stall.
It took a while to get back on track, but I did. I discovered meditation and mindfulness, learning to slow down and become calmer. I started getting active again and became more accepting of myself, realising that it's ok to take time out to rest.
At 60 I decided to make changes so that I could help others get more out of life, re-training as a Wellbeing Life Coach and Personal Trainer. You really can change things for the better and start again - it's simply never too late.