10 Great Things about Midlife

Here are 10 great things about midlife. Of course, generalizations are always dangerous, and this list of 10 things maynot apply to everyone. Still, I am sure that any “midlifer” will find several that they can relate to. Whether you are single or have a partner, the turbulence of early youth is behind you. The relationships you have been building for years are stable and comforting. The eat-sleep-poop cycle of parenting is over. Your children are grown enough to require much less physical effort. You have a home and you love it. It probably took some time to settle, but now the effort is bringing fruits. The pains of growing up and “making something of yourself” are behind you. Maybe you succeeded in your plans, maybe you failed. But you are you and you know...

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What is Midlife and Is It Good or Bad?

Do you remember the moment when you turned from a child into an adolescent, or from an adolescent into an adult? Probably not. Yet, we do recognize that at a certain moment in our life the part of population we mostly identify with, changes. So, what is midlife? How is this stage different from youth and from the old age? Both psychology and medicine have been intensely interested in this question. Nowadays that we live longer than any of our ancestors this question is becoming more important. And whichever angle you decide to look from, midlife is definitely a life stage defined by subtle but substantial mind and body changes. Encyclopedia Britannica (www.britannica.com) defines midlife as a “period of human adulthood that immediately precedes the onset of old age.” This...

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Everything You Need to Know About Empty Nest Syndrome

Sooner or later, and I am not sure which of the two is better, every parent faces the prospect of an empty nest. This new beginning can impact us in such a strong way that modern society recognizes this phenomenon as an “empty nest syndrome”. It often coincides with other changes in our body and life, which can make it a bit more complicated to distinguish. What is the Empty Nest Syndrome? Even though the word syndrome sounds serious, this is not a clinical diagnosis – empty nest syndrome refers to a commonly experienced set of feelings during the period of family transition, after children leave home for extended periods of time, either to study or to live independently. The syndrome can affect not only parents, but also the remaining  siblings and can disrupt the...

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Healthy Aging – Rules to Live by

The multi million dollar industry dedicated to the pursuit of the eternal youth wants to convince us that just by spending some of our hard-earned cash we can reverse the effects of gravity and normal cellular deterioration. There is yet no proof that any of it actually works. We cannot stop aging, at least not right now. We may be able to slow the process down, or make it more enjoyable and less illness-ridden, however. But until the eternal youth (and eternal health) elixirs are discovered, the best you can do is to embrace aging and do so in a healthy way. It’s too easy to list the things that have been repeated ad nauseam on how you just eat well and exercise, and think that just by doing those things every single one of us will reach to be a 100 and finish a triathlon at the...

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Weight Gain in Middle Aged Population – What to Do About it?

Regardless of the general increase in the number of overweight people in the western world it has always been common knowledge that we get a bit thicker in the middle as we age. Of course, the dramatic change of lifestyle in the modern age is contributing to the wider waistline overall, but on Midlife Joys we are interested primarily in the middle aged part of demographics. Menopause weight gain is talked about a lot but here we want to have a broader look and include men too. What contributes to midlife weight gain? Even though for women there is a lot of talk about menopause being the main culprit for gradual weight gain in midlife it’s actually a combination of factors: change in hormonal levels for women and reducing levels of testosterone for men, slowing metabolism in both...

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How to Cope with Your Husband’s Mid-life Crisis

The article is taken from Disorganisation Guru.   The scene is all too familiar: a middle-aged man, suddenly wearing unusually bright colors, driving a car he can’t afford, doing a sport that his joints can’t afford. Everything about him is oozing newly found energy and passion for life, but underneath it all, bitterness and regret occasionally peek their ugly head. Yes, it is the mid-life crisis and you are in for a ride. Whether it will be a fun one or a disaster is up to you. Even though a mid-life crisis is a very personal struggle for all of us, other people in your life are directly or indirectly involved in it. If your partner is going through a mid-life crisis, here’s what you should try to do to help them and yourself come out of it happier: Give up the...

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Midlife Career Change – The 5 Usual Issues And How to Overcome Them

Changing career is not easy for anyone, regardless of their age and background, but it definitely can be a big challenge at 40, in your midlife. Just like any big shift in our lives it is full of known and unknown hurdles, questions and victories. This post is not concerned with the motivation behind why people in their midlife often want to change career, but it will try to cover the most prominent issues that you have to face if you decide to do so. So, you have done a lot of soul searching and you realized that you need, want and are ready for the risky step – midlife career change and you are about to embark on that journey. If you know what direction you want to take when it comes to the field of work and the exact type of work or job title, then you are already way ahead of...

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