Pondero Newbury – Loving Life in the Middle: How to manage your self-care in the Sandwich Generation
As you approach midlife, you can become increasingly busier because of a growth in your responsibilities to all generations. As your children become older, so do your parents and it’s easy to find yourself with a full diary on top of your work commitments with the hospital and GP appointments and added general responsibilities adding to your family life.
Self-care is an essential part of maintaining your own wellbeing when you’re busy looking after others but can feel like it’s hard to fit in and too much of a luxury to take time for yourself. Added to that, the guilt of thinking about yourself when there is so much to do can mean that self-care becomes something else that gets pushed down the list.
Self-care is not only a good thing to do in life but at this busy time it’s essential to keep you going. I’ll be sharing why self-care often doesn’t happen, why you don’t need to feel guilty taking time for yourself, how to create time for yourself and offer some self-care suggestions to inspire you.
Catherine Evans is a Counsellor and Hypnotherapist based in Reading. Her background is in nursing and midwifery working in the NHS before training to become a therapist. She works with a variety of clients and has a special interest in supporting women with their reproductive health including fertility, pregnancy, post birth including birth trauma and the menopause. Catherine has written a book “Loving Life in the Middle: How to care for yourself whilst caring for all the family” and she can be found at http://www.berkshiretherapist.co.uk
Pondero talks are run in collaboration with The Really Helpful Club.