Advice for coping with big life changes

Advice for coping with big life changes

From your kids leaving home to the menopause, your fifties and beyond can be full of change. Here’s how to process and embrace your life every step of the way. Many compare your 50s to your teenage years, as your body and life go through significant changes, which can be overwhelming and daunting.

From your kids leaving home to the menopause, your fifties and beyond can be full of change. Here’s how to process and embrace your life every step of the way.

Many compare your 50s to your teenage years, as your body and life go through significant changes, which can be overwhelming and daunting.

But having the confidence to deal with changes as they come, and having the optimism and courage to turn them into opportunities, is the key to living a happy and fulfilling life, come what may…

The change: your children have flown the nest

Whether they’re moving away to university at the age of 18, or have finally saved up enough money to afford a place of their own, your kids growing up and moving out is one of the hardest changes to come to terms with.

Suddenly the house is a lot quieter, and perhaps you and your partner are finding yourself alone again for the first time in years… and you worry you won’t have anything in common now the children have gone.

But think about it positively: you have more freedom now you don’t have to tend to your children, so you can spend more time doing what YOU want, you won’t need to clean the house as much, you can transform their room into a space just for you, and you can use this time to reignite the love and passion you and your partner had for each other.

Plus, the relationship between you and your child could get even better, flourishing into a real friendship now you don’t have to impose “house rules” anymore. Read our tips on how to keep your relationship with your children strong when they move away.

The change: going through the menopause

As if women don’t have enough to go through, what with periods, pregnancy and childbirth, when that’s all finally over, we’re rewarded with years of hot flushes, headaches, low moods and all manner of other joys thanks to the menopause.

Unfortunately this is all part and parcel of the female body, but try to remind yourself that your children are in this world because of it – although that may be of little comfort when you next feel like stripping naked in public just so you can cool down…

But there are practical things you can do to help, too, from talking to your doctor about medication, to taking up yoga, to keeping a symptom diary to help figure out what triggers them. Most importantly, talk to your friends about what you’re going through – it’s therapeutic, and you’ll realise you’re not alone. You may even have a good laugh (or cry!) about it. Our article on tips to help you through the menopause may be helpful, too.

The change: ageing skin

From those first frown lines to losing your glow, ageing of the skin can seriously knock your confidence. However, you can take control by using products to nourish and help strengthen your skin. For example, Olay’s new Vitality range includes a light SPF15 day moisturiser, a face and décolletage SPF15 cream, and a nourishing night mask.

Olay scientists have combined key ingredients – including Vitamin B3, Vitamin B5 and green tea – to create the range, which is designed specifically for sensitive, mature skin. The formula, which has a rich vitamin complex, helps to increase surface cell renewal as well as strengthening the skin’s moisture barrier, leaving skin looking radiant and nourished.

Combine this with clever make-up tricks, great style and gorgeous hair-dos and you’ll look and feel even more fabulous than you did at 30!

The change: welcoming grandchildren

The day you become a grandparent is the day you can enjoy all the joys of parenting once more, but without the sleepless nights!

And as they grow, they’ll keep you feeling young as you crawl around on the floor playing, sing silly songs with them and laugh at their funny ways.

And if you need any more convincing, you might enjoy our article on why being a grandparent is more fun than being a parent.

What changes are you struggling with – or embracing? We’d love to hear your stories and advice in the comments section below.

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