Are you struggling to take time to reflect on your experiences as your body and focus are shifting during mid-life ?
Are you wondering: Is this it? What’s next?
Do you feel like you are in the middle of a care sandwich – looking after children and parents?
Are you looking for more confidence, connection and a sense of belonging?
If you’ve answered yes to any of the above questions, this group is for you.
Thriving in Middle Age is a support group that offers a chance for women to connect to other women who share similar experiences as they navigate midlife. It is a place that you can learn and share your journey through middle age by supporting and being supported, listening and being heard and sharing in the joys and challenges during this life transition.
Middle life can be a tricky developmental time as we search for meaning in where we have been and where we are headed. It is a time to pause for reflection, to catch up with our self, to notice. It is a time where we might be thinking about relationships, families, children leaving home, ageing parents and our changing bodies.
For women in particular, it is a time in which we might feel invisible or be struggling with the menopause. It is important for us to be able to share our experiences in a safe space and to connect with others in order to be seen. This is a time in our lives when we need support, to have a safe space to show vulnerability and to have a sense of belonging. The need for self-care and self-compassion are increasingly important.
This group was mentioned on BBC’s Culture page in an article entitled, What happened when Gen X grew up?
Thriving in Middle Age will run for five 1 ½ hour sessions over a five-week period, beginning Autumn 2021. The sessions will focus on:
- The transitions women experience as we enter midlife and how these experiences impact us emotionally, socially, physically, relationally and professionally.
- How to increase our self-compassion in order to give and receive support
- Shared ideas and stories to help us recognise the challenges we face and the joy in our lives
The sessions are informational and experiential, with the focus being on peer support within the group.
The cost of the group is £82. This group requires a non-refundable deposit of £41 due at registration, with the balance of £41 paid before the start of the first session. You are welcome to pay the amount in full at the time of registration.
Interested? Contact Anne for more information!
Who runs the group?
Anne Ford is a psychodynamic counsellor and Peer Support trainer, supervisor and consultant, who has worked over the past 30 years in a variety of settings: hospitals, housing associations, schools and universities. Her main focus is on developing and running peer support groups for all ages and has a keen interest in working with groups to promote inclusivity, belonging, connection and well-being. She practices Mindful Self-Compassion and will be bringing this to the group.
Is a group for me?
Groups offer a safe space to share and to receive a broad range of insights into the experiences shared. This is especially important for women who are experiencing the transitions of entering middle age, defined as 45-65 years old, and all that may go with this.
One such transition is the change in our bodies due to menopause, a difficult time for many. One thing is known: talking about it reduces isolation and worry and increases connection and reassurance. As with any concern, getting it out in the open is often the first step to making it feel more manageable and less anxiety-producing.