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JMidlife makes us stop and take stock of life, where we’re at, what we want and what’s important to us. Things that we’ve ignored or never considered before suddenly need look at. In depth.

Join me, Karen O’Connor, and my guests each week as we chat about the things that are important to us: health, families, finances, our purpose in life, the community around us and the (state of!) world in general. We cover a bus load of topics that need to be discussed, from what men need to know about menopause to how to plan your own funeral, from style and looking good to how to lose the menopause fat.

If you’ve asked the question or thought about something to do with life after 50, you’ll hopefully find a podcast about it here. And if you don’t, message me because it’ll probably be a great topic to cover!

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Welcome to this final episode of the menopause marriage and motherhood podcast. I'm kind of not sorry for dropping that in on you, but don't worry. The podcast isn't stopping. I'm just doing a bit of a rebrand and having a bit of a change and a shake-up. Find out more here:
How do we, as parents, instil in our kids the things that are the most important to us? And what about the things that we don't necessarily mean to pass on as values or ways of being, but do? Now those are the ones we get to feel really guilty about, right? Find out more here:
How do you retain your identity when by default, you need to step in to be your children's voice of reason, their educator, their conscience and in doing so, you can easily forget who you are and what you want. Find out more here:
Why is it that even when our brains experience a massive trauma, they can relearn how to do everything they did before. However, at the same time, massive trauma to the brain can also lead to a change in personality. Find out more and connect with us:
When people say, "This is my God-given right" or "This is my right as the individual", they're using that as a get out of jail free card to do whatever they want, which means the consequences of their actions shouldn't affect them. Find out more here:
We’ve all been talked over, ignored, sidestepped or ridiculed when we’ve tried to point out the flaws in the logic of a person who’s wrapped up in and inflamed by conspiracy theories. This is why. Connect with us here:
Trauma is not necessarily just one big, overwhelming event. It can also be the result of ongoing stress and anxiety. And any kind of trauma can lead to addiction, which is why it's important to recognize the signs and symptoms of trauma in order to prevent it from leading to more serious problems. The good news is that recognizing the signs of traumatic experiences can help us take steps towards healing before addiction takes hold.  Join me in conversation with trauma and addiction expert & recovery coach, Dr Alice Kerby, as we look at causes, symptoms and support for the kind of lifestyle many of us live today. Web page:
Eating right is important – but it’s far from the only way to take care of ourselves. It’s about building healthy habits and creating positive changes in our life. It's about understanding what works best for you in terms of nutrition and exercise, but also recognizing the importance of finding balance in all aspects of life.  Self care isn't just about eating well - it's about nourishing your whole self. Join me in conversation with nutritionist Sally Imeson as we talk about the impact of not looking after ourselves properly. Find out more here:
Having a purpose and being purposeful are two completely different things and you don't need to have a purpose in order to be purposeful. Many of us (me included) put a lot of effort, energy and angst into trying to figure out what our life purpose is. We feel a bit lost, unsure of what we want from life, therefore we must be missing something.  But what if we don't need to have a life purpose in order to be purposeful? How does that work? Join me for this look at purpose. Find out more here:
There are many causes of sudden or long term weight gain, it's an understandable reaction to the things that happen in life, but when it begins to affect our life in any way, it's probably time to do something about it.   After being a bit overweight for most of her life as a result of a mixture of emotional eating, a low metabolism and generally over eating & eating the wrong foods, Shari Ware realised one day that she weighed 180kgs. That was the turning point for her. Find out how Shari changed her life and how she now helps other people to do the same thing.   Find out more here:
We all know of those MLM companies who sell essential oils and promote daily use of oils to maximise their efficacy, But is that true? Should you be using several different oils several times a day? Should you be ingesting them? Join me in conversation with Amy Anthony, certified Clinical Aromatherapist, educator and distiller as we dispel the myths and discuss how to correctly use essential oils and what they're actually for.     Find out more here:
There’s power in having a voice. That’s why Donna Arnold is determined to help teenage girls take back control over their lives and recover from trauma because every girl’s journey is unique and worth fighting for. ⁣⁣ Through her own personal experiences, Donna has created a way to bring hope, support and encouragement to girls and young women who have suffered from trauma, help them to realise their potential, build confidence and find strength.  Join us to hear Donna's journey and how she's now supporting other people on their journeys.     Find out more here:
French philosopher Pascal in the 19th century had this beautiful quote that I think goes id something along the lines of this: all of the world's problems come from the fact that we cannot sit alone in a room by ourselves with our thoughts. Understanding our behaviours, reactions, our personality is so important, but for a lot of people, sitting with our inner thoughts, and analysing ourselves is one of the most uncomfortable things we will ever do. This week Gaj Ravichandra and I discuss the elements that make our personality, how fear drives our lives and how we are all broken.   Find out more here:
When I think about the pandemic and the last few years, the different ways in which people responded was so fascinating - people I thought I knew well were responding in ways that I never expected. It had me wondering things...Why did they respond in that way? Is there a common trait in the personality of those who hate change? Does the flight or fight response impact our adaptability to change? In this episode I explore how our fight or flight responses impact how adaptable we are, how to best cope with street and why I believe being curious makes you more resilient.   Find out more here:
Healing does not mean remembering to work through it all, because sometimes this is not the best action to take - it can even traumatise us further. If we want to get to place where we have adjusted to a more healthy lifestyle, we must listen to what we need.  We should focus on is exercises to ground ourselves in the present moment, and recognise when we tend to things that are not good for us or self-destructive. what's important is to be able to do grounding exercises to ground ourselves in the, in the present moment and you know, to recognize when we tend to do things that are maybe self-destructive, not good for. When we acknowledge and we recognise our behaviours, it gives us a lot of answers moving forward.  Join myself and psychologist Romy Kunitz in this episode, part two of last week's episode "Relationship difficulties, adjustment disorder and repetition compulsion".        Find out more here:
Do you consistently repeat bad behaviours or traumatic events? Are you struggling to get over a breakup, a passing of a loved one, or big changes happening in your life? Romy Kunitz is a highly experienced psychologist who specialises mainly in adults and couple therapy. In this episode she brings her expertise on how to navigate change and stop repeating negative patterns. Actually, a lot of the time when people are going through trauma, they don't realise they're going through trauma. For example, COVID was a trauma for most people. It has been a massive adjustment for everybody, and with that uncertainty, lack of control and change has caused people to go through adjustment disorder.  As human beings, we cannot avoid trauma, loss or change, so join myself and Romy in this episode to discuss how best to navigate tough times, overcome repetition compulsion and how to adapt.        Find out more here:
Many of us grew up with people telling us not to be angry or not to be "ridiculous" - this idea that we can show some emotion, but we have to suppress others. Main:   Dr Marny Lishman is a psychologist who joins me this episode to talk about adaptability, wellbeing and change. After the last couple of years, many of us have become more stressed, unhappy, and ultimately mentally unwell. And unfortunately, we have been grown up without being taught to properly process negative emotions, leaving us overwhelmed, and triggered at any moment. Join us in this episode to talk about mental health and how you can best navigate your emotions.        Find out more here:
When a woman loses her husband, there are these unspoken expectations held by society. And so when she moves on, when others see her enjoying herself, smiling, laughing, they judge her (whether consciously or subconsciously).  Moreover, we have this idea that if you love someone, you can never love again to the same standard, but this is simply not true. After losing her husband, Marie Alessi has dedicated her life to helping other people move through grief. Join us again, as we discuss moving on, expectations and redefining our image of a widow.    Find out more here:
Talking about grief is getting easier, but there's still taboo surrounding the subject. When you grieve, you do it in private, and when someone else is in grieving there is an awkwardness. It's almost as though, this awkwardness and taboo coincides. So when someone is grieving, we don't know what to say, so we try to avoid them - they then become isolated, alone, and the whole situation a lot, lot worse... Join myself and psychologist Deirdre Brandner as shares insight into how to navigate the world of grief, and how to support someone who is going through a devastating time. Listen now!   Find out more here:
In this episode I am joined by Lindee Garrett, a funeral celebrant, who has insight into how different people celebrate the lives of their lost loved ones, and the different ways of doing so. One thing we speak about is organising your own funeral - yes you heard that right - according to Lindee, we all should be organising our own funerals. Want to find out why? Listen now!   Find out more here:
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