Children have grown up and become more independent, they may be leaving home; other women may not have had children, through choice or circumstance; some may feel they have missed out on the career they might have had through having children. Now is the time to let that go (you may need help with this, through counselling or group support, for example); what is important is recognising and accepting where you are now, in life, and making a plan for moving on to the next exciting phase.
Menopause is literally a pause in time. It provides a natural break for reflection on what you have experienced, and what you have still to experience, in your life. It heralds the third age of woman…