Learn how to overcome common challenges and create a positive and fulfilling midlife experience
Are you feeling lost or unfulfilled in midlife? Do you wonder if you've missed out on opportunities or if it's too late to pursue your dreams?
In this episode of Create The Best Me, we will hear from Dr. Jennifer Palladino, a chiropractor and podcaster. Dr. Palladino shares her personal experience with midlife and offers four easy strategies that women can use to take control of their lives and rediscover their passion.
Whether you're struggling with self-care, relationship issues, or negative feelings, Dr. Palladino's insights and practical tips will inspire and motivate you to make positive changes and live your best life. Tune in and learn how to embrace midlife as a season of growth and empowerment!
About Today's Guest:
Today's guest is Dr. Jennifer Palladino, DC, a Doctor of Chiropractic medicine who has been in private practice for 32 years. She specializes in treating neuromusculoskeletal injuries for musicians, performing artists, professional dancers, and elite athletes.
As a holistic health facilitator, she has created Chiropractic Sound Therapy. A balanced blend of chiropractic manipulation and various sound vibrations and frequencies used as a healing modality for conditions like depression, anxiety, PTSD, headaches, jaw problems, and stress management. In addition, she treats patients of all ages who suffer from scoliosis and other types of skeletal deformities.
Dr. Jen is the host of the Rock ‘N Healthy Lifestyles podcast, where she engages in personal conversations with renowned musicians, actors, and performing artists. During these conversations, guests share their personal experiences with mental health, emotional challenges, health, and how they sustain a healthy lifestyle.
What you will learn in this Episode:
Today Dr. Jen (as she's known by her patients and by her podcast show Rock ‘N Healthy Lifestyles) will discuss her own effective strategy she used as she embraced midlife and implemented in helping women in her practice who struggle to find joy and fulfillment.
Dr. Jen will share her 4 easy strategy systems to help you become the best version of yourself.
Midlife Crisis: How Focusing on Yourself First Can Help You Find Fulfillment
A midlife crisis can often stem from a feeling of being unfulfilled in one's personal life. Dr. Jen suggests that focusing on yourself first is the key to overcoming this crisis.
Midlife is a time when you have reached the midway point of your life and should strategically begin to plan how you will live the second half of your life. Take time to reflect upon your younger self. Think about all the obstacles you have overcome that have made you into the amazing woman you are today.
Remember to acknowledge and celebrate your achievements, as they demonstrate that your potential knows no bounds. Give yourself a well-deserved pat on the back.
While parenting may be a priority for women with young children, once they grow up, it's important to prioritize yourself over your spouse. Dr. Jen recommends taking the time to analyze your own needs and make changes that will help you feel more fulfilled.
At this point in your life, you can choose what path you want to take and who you want to be from this point forward. Celebrate this time of deciding to reinvent yourself.
The Power of Nature and Movement: Overcoming Midlife Crisis
Dr. Jen encourages midlife women to get moving and connect with nature. There are so many benefits that come from taking a quick five-minute walk outside. Breathing the outside air allows you to quiet your thoughts and return with a different perspective and better equipt to move forward.
Dr. Jen recommends spending time outdoors and grounding yourself through earthing can help you feel revitalized and release negativity. Even walking on the beach or in the park can significantly affect your mental and physical health.
For some who are not familiar with the practice of earthing, it's when you remove your shoes and place your feet firmly on the grass, ground, or sand. Dr. Jen explains this practice allows you to absorb the energy from the natural surface and transfer it into your body. The positive energy moves through your body, producing positive thoughts, a clear mind, and, most of all, a natural release of energy to encourage movement.
Trying New Things: A Key Strategy for Midlife Women to Find Joy and Fulfillment
Trying new things is a great way to step out of your comfort zone and open yourself up to new opportunities for personal growth. When you try new things, you open the door to new opportunities and experiences. Through new opportunities and experiences, you become a new and better version of yourself.
Even small changes can significantly impact, so it's important to be open-minded and willing to take risks. Exploring new hobbies, meeting new people, or even taking a trip to a new place can help you break out of your rut and discover new aspects of yourself.
A brilliant idea Dr. Jen recommended was signing up for a couple of yoga sessions. Yoga is a great practice that helps mindful transformation to help you become better grounded with your inner self.
While attending your yoga classes, reach out to other women and build connections. Women are so much stronger when they are among a group of women. This doesn't mean you must try to make as many friends as possible. No, it means finding a friend or two and making connections.
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The Art of Letting Go: A Guide to Overcoming Negative Feelings in Midlife
It's easy to hold on to negative feelings and let them consume you, but Dr. Jen stresses the importance of letting go.
Although everyone may have gone through painful experiences in their past or present, it's important to not let those negative emotions weigh us down and carry them into the next phase of our lives.
This can be achieved through various means, such as talking to a therapist, setting boundaries with toxic people, or simply taking a walk in nature.
Or, as discussed above, talk to those one or two friendships you formed in your yoga class. (😉)
Holding onto negativity only breeds more negativity, so it's important to actively work towards releasing it and moving on.
In conclusion, empowering women in midlife requires a focus on self-care and self-love. Dr. Jen gave an airplane analogy: put your mask on first before helping others. Without prioritizing self-care and self-love, you can't be of use to anyone.
So to wrap things up, Dr. Jennifer Palladino has shared four easy strategies to help women in midlife feel fully alive.
- Focus on yourself and what needs to be changed.
- Secondly, get connected with nature, exercise, and move.
- Thirdly, try new things and step out of your comfort zone.
- And lastly, let go of negative feelings, and don't feed the beast.
By adopting these strategies, midlife women can find joy and fulfillment in this season of their lives. Embrace this season and make it the best one yet! Remember, you are strong, smart, and capable of making positive changes for yourself.
Dr. Jen's famous “Food for Thought”: Time is ticking in everyone's life. The last thing you want to say is, “Why didn't I?” We don't have time for that. Now is a good time. But you must take that first step towards making those changes for yourself.
Be kind to yourself. Replace your thoughts from “Why didn't I” and “I should have” to “look at everything I did.”
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