Emotional Tune-Up Recharges Your Midlife

Midlife can be an exciting time. With your children out on their own, you may enjoy more time and freedom than you've had in decades. But changes that occur during this stage can take a toll on your physical and emotional well-being. To stay in tip-top shape, you may need an emotional tune-up.

Embrace the new you

Around menopause, many women get thicker around the middle, lose muscle, and gain fat. Hair grays, wrinkles deepen, parts sag — and that's a natural fact of life. But remember, maintaining a healthy self-image is important to your overall health and well-being. Eating right and exercising (30 minutes a day on most days of the week) can help you maintain a body weight that's right for you.

Take care of you

Just when the kids have left home, many women find themselves caring for aging parents. In addition to fatigue and stress, the demands of caregiving cause many women to let their own health slide. Take charge now — before you feel overwhelmed — by investigating caregiver resources and support groups.

If you feel sad, tired, or anxious for more than two weeks, you could be dealing with depression. Talk with your healthcare provider about tips to tune up your physical and emotional well-being, so you're at your best for this new phase in your life.