Coping With Panic Attacks – A Modern Day Epidemic

“I think I am having a panic attack!  How can I stop it?” Both my teenagers have asked me this question at some point during their young lives.  Panic occurs as a natural result of anxiety.  Yet anxiety is a term so readily bandied around nowadays that it…

Sleepless Nights – Tackling Insomnia in Menopause

“How did you sleep darling?” is the habitual morning question from my husband. How “well” and particularly how “badly” we sleep is not only a subject of marital discussion but is also a national and international obsession. Obviously, sleep requirements vary by individual but most healthy adults need between 7…

Guest Post – Why Does Style Change At 50?

You would think that the woman pioneering a change in attitudes towards the way women dress in midlife has herself passed that milestone.  The reality, however, is that Jacynth Bassett, is a 24 year old Cambridge law graduate, who inspired by her mother’s style frustrations has made it her…

Fitness At Fifty & Beyond

A “fair weather” exerciser is the term used by a friend recently to describe my attitude to my fitness regime.  In my defence I have to say she was recalling my university years more than three decades ago when a hangover or a piece of chocolate cake would…

It Must Be My Hormones – The HRT Debate

One of my Fabulous Fifty resolutions is to address my hormones once and for all.  This may seem an overly dramatic statement but it is something I have been battling with for a while.  I have written previously about my menopausal madness which manifests itself largely with me…

Fabulous Fifty..What Does It Really Look Like?

This is the year I turn 50, as will according to Google, such female acting luminaries as Nicole Kidman and Julia Roberts, plus Carla Bruni and Sam Taylor-Johnson. Of these fellow, “soon-to-be” quinquagenarians I would most like to align myself with Julia or Sam whose approach to ageing seems…

What A Difference A Year Makes

Today, 14th December, is the first anniversary of my husband’s mini-stroke.  On this day a year ago as I waved our daughter off to school wearing her Christmas Jumper, my husband was in our shower room having a “funny turn”. In true tragicomedy style, a man was downstairs…

The Value of Female Friendships

Female friendships are pivotal to a woman’s existence.  Women fulfil a role in our lives that men just can’t in my opinion and for that reason I suppose I would classify myself quite firmly as a woman’s woman. Although happily married I am not a woman who regards…