Women Over 50: Your Personal Checklist

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For women, turning 50 is a milestone. Society tells you it’s a crossroads. Your body underscores the point. Every woman over 50 feels it.

“The kids are going to college, parents are aging. There may be marriage problems, job challenges. It’s definitely a stressful time,” says Jennifer Zreloff, MD, an internist with the executive health program at Emory University School of Medicine. “You also find that you can’t abuse your body as much as when you were younger. Your body just isn’t as resilient as it used to be. It’s a time when women need to seriously take stock of their lifestyle habits, and make some changes.”

For many women over 50, it’s also a time of self-reflection, says Cynthia Barnett, EdD, a retirement lifestyle specialist in Norwalk, Conn. “You begin thinking about your purpose in life, about finding what makes you happy and fulfilled. You may be ready for something new, work you love to do.”

Women Over 50: Making More of Mind and Body

To keep mind and health in optimal shape, here’s your to-do list:

___Get lots of sleep. Maybe you got along with four hours a night when you were 40, but your body can’t take that abuse when you’re older.

___Set aside quiet time every morning. Meditate, pray, visualize your day. Read something that inspires you. Focus on self-renewal.

___Be optimistic. Take time to understand what you want out of life. Find purpose and meaning. Then spread the joy to others.

___Get cancer screenings.yoga. Yoga is a great brain more than reading, and certainly more than TV.

___Make your home an oasis. Eliminate clutter. Fill your home with great music, books, and friends. Withdraw and recharge when you need to.

___Associate with positive-focused people. They will not drain your valuable energy with complaints. They will help you pursue the best that life has to offer.

For women over 50, that pursuit can take any form and take a woman anywhere. Make now the very best time of your life.