Hello and welcome to Self Care At Midlife.

I’m a 50 something wife and mum of two and this blog is dedicated to all those niggling (and not so niggling) health problems that beset up as we get older.

In my blog Mother Distracted I share the story of my journey into motherhood relatively late.  I was 43 when I had Caitlin (now 12) and 45 when I had Ieuan (now 10).  Late motherhood comes with a special set of challenges – both in terms of lifestyle and, of course health.

I also talk about my personal health issues, both past and present.  For example, I write about Tinnitus, mild OCD, anxiety and depression.

Then of course there’s the biggie for us ladies – the menopause and its related miseries such as vaginal atrophy and Bartholin’s Cysts.

We have to be realistic though, don’t we?  It is highly improbable that we can live to our 50’s without a least some sort of health niggle.

It does not mean, though, that we have to accept it – nor that we don’t start to take even more care of ourselves – and for some of us that may mean prioritising self care and our own mental health for the first time.

I hope to offer new approaches, solutions and inspiration for improving our overall health and for coping with those times when, frankly, it’s a struggle to get out of bed.

And then there are those days when you look in the mirror and miss the youthful face that used to stare back at you.  Those dark hours in the night when you ponder that you now have more life behind you than in front and calculate the chances of ever ticking off those bucketlist goals before you embrace cantilevered chairs and Zimmer frames.

Born, as I was in 1964, I am at the tail end of the Baby Boomer Generation but the ageing landscape has changed vastly for us compared to that of my mother.

Many of us a healthier and wealthier but we have had to make sacrifices which may not have made us happy.  Children, travel, working in the field we really wanted to excel in.

It’s time to step back, take a moment and start to plan for what I like to think of as the Second Act of our life’s drama.

Welcome to Self Care At Midlife.