August 17, 2011

Women Making Midlife Changes

(Ivanhoe Newswire)--Women often fail to see that midlife is a vital stage of personal development with its unique set of challenges. At this point in life, like several others, women must respond to, or initiate, changes in their lifestyle whether it is regarding their relationships, physical health, and/or work life. A modern woman at midlife can expect to live several more decades and, instead of thinking about retirement, many women are starting new jobs or extending their work life. Either way, women are realizing that it is not too late to reap the benefits of change by getting help.

 It is important for women to realize that it is never too late to seek help they may need in order to gain greater satisfaction in their life. Women often benefit from receiving professional help in a range of issues that can occur at midlife including: perimenopause, eating disorders, sexual concerns, alcohol and drug use, and chronic illness. At any period in life, successful psychotherapy can increase a person's awareness and insight into their actions, thoughts, and feelings and aid in allowing one to learn and practice more effective ways of thinking and behaving.

There are several theories and styles of psychotherapy, but the two most popular are psychodynamic therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy.

Psychodynamic therapy recognizes that past experiences and feelings of which you're not consciously aware can influence your present emotional well-being and ability to function. Cognitive behavioral therapy is less concerned with the past and unconscious feelings and instead concentrates on ways to change harmful thinking and behavior, such as smoking, procrastination, or phobias. There is no simple answer as to which will work best but it is proven that various types of therapy can help you to better understand yourself, relieve bothersome symptoms, and change inhibiting habits.

SOURCE: Harvard Health Publications; August 2011