Midlife doesn’t have to be a depressing time of your life even though your challenges are getting tough.
It doesn’t have to be overwhelming or difficult. It can be something good and enjoyable. And it can be exciting, invigorating and fulfilling.
It’s not rocket science to understand that how you view your situation is how it’s going to turn out. I know that when I turned 50, I felt I needed more than my ho-hum 9 to 5 job. I was ready to do my own thing, explore other avenues and create a more fulfilling and exciting career. That was how I founded the Baby Boomers’ Network and started blogging my thoughts, experiences and challenges to help others. So let’s see what you can do to make your midlife experience magnificent.
- Be sure you are flexible and open to new ideas. This means that you are able to step outside your comfort zone and explore different types of venues that would make your life better and even more comfortable. So consider what kind of lifestyle changes would improve your health or what kind of skills training would improve your career. Are there any life-long behaviors you can change to improve your relationships? If you remain rigid in your thinking, like a tree in a storm — unwavering and unbending — you will break. This does not make for a good or healthy state of mind.
- Examine how resilient you are. Do you look at problems as challenges and these challenges as something to be met and conquered? Do you have determination, faith and a feeling of control over your life? Or do you feel helpless when things don’t go your way, powerless to make any positive changes that would help your situation? Resilient people are hardy and possess a strong belief that they can handle anything that comes their way. They are confident that their behavior will improve their situation and that truly determines how successful you are going to be.
- Examine your self-confidence. You would think that as you age you become more confident and secure, but that’s not always the case. After all, job loss, a failed marriage, health issues and being overweight, etc could leave you with a feeling of inadequacy and insecurity. Stop telling yourself you are NOT good enough, NOT smart enough and NOT wealthy enough and start being kinder and gentler in your assessment of yourself. Acknowledge all you have accomplished and your confidence will reflect that.
Look over your life and examine all the good things you have done and all the things you are capable of doing. Look at all the people who share your joys, sorrows and everything in between and stop being so hard on yourself.
Midlife doesn’t mean you are “over the hill,” but rather it’s a time to feel more content, satisfied and excited about what lies ahead. If you believe that now is the time to live your dreams, to experience joy, satisfaction and fun, then you will be more inspired to live the rest of you life with gusto and magnificence!
Amy Sherman is a blogger with JenningsWire Online Magazine.
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