…that is the question!

How do you feel about your hair right now? As we age, our hair gradually shows changes in colour and texture and is one of the most visible signs of ageing.

Hair changes texture with age, just as our skin does. The received convention amongst trichologists says that by age 50, 50% of the population will have 50% grey hair.

Some of us also experience hair loss, which can be distressing.

“The sudden, diffuse loss of hair from all over the scalp is called ‘telogen effluvium’ and can be the result of improper nutrition, stress, hormonal…


Turning 50 made me realise with a jolt that I probably have more years behind me than in front of me. It threw me for a little while, but then I realised my “midlife crisis” could be turned into a “midlife opportunity” if I could change my attitude. Here are just 7 things I learned at 50:

Knees don’t necessarily bend easily forever!You don’t realise how much you take your body for granted until a part of it starts to hurt! At 50 I learned that regular exercise is no longer an option — I have to walk regularly, drag…


To the woman who woke up this morning and had to fight the urge to put her head back under the duvet. Who maybe groans a little when she rolls out of bed because everything aches.

To the woman who doesn’t recognise the face in the mirror, who feels a little sad as she watches as the water runs down her body in the shower, whose hair is losing its colour and whose clothes suddenly feel a little tight around the middle.

I KNOW YOU!

To the woman who dashes about to get her family off to school/college/work, who puts on the radio…


In The Midlife Movement Facebook Group we’ve been talking about self care this week. What it is and whether we do it and why we should if we don’t.

I’ve been watching a BBC comedy on iplayer called Mum. The first episode of series one takes place on the day of the funeral of the lead character, Cathy’s, husband. The three series then meander through the next two years of Cathy’s life as she comes to terms with widowhood and deals with her daft yet demanding family.

Sounds like a barrel of laughs, doesn’t it? :-) It is one of…


Yesterday, I wrote about my own experience of depression. If someone you care about is in the throes of a bout of depression it can be really difficult to know how to support them. I’ve been clinically depressed and I’ve supported people who are depressed, so I have experience of this horrible condition from both sides as both carer and cared for.

I’ve been talking to fellow sufferers and, drawing on their experience and my own, here are my tips on how to support someone who is depressed:

  1. LISTEN Don’t try to “fix” them. It’s tempting to try to come…

So many women tell me they lost their confidence as they approached menopause. For some it’s a sudden omg, stop in their tracks moment, often accompanied by a panic attack. For others it’s a gradual wearing down, a slowly dawning realisation that everything they had been certain of before suddenly isn’t so certain any more.

Sometimes, there seems to be no apparent reason for this loss of confidence. Anxiety, depression, a feeling of being lost can come out of nowhere. So what can cause this loss of confidence and what can we do we do to arrest it? …


I’m fine, thanks. That’s what we say, isn’t it, when asked how are you? I’m fine, thanks. But what if you’re not? What if you are sinking, struggling, not fine at all?

I live a fairly public life insofar as I have written about myself on blogs and in books, I show up regularly on Facebook live videos, on Youtube and, now, on the new Midlife Movement Podcast. Most people know me as optimistic, generally happy, always smiling.

If you follow my output regularly, though, you will know that I have had my battles with anxiety and depression throughout my…


Time for me (T-shirt courtesy of Tilletts Clothing)

Recently, I flew into Bordeaux, wearing my other “hat” as a Portrait and Personal Branding Photographer. I had three lovely ladies to photograph, all entrepreneurs, plus some “action shots” of the Business Retreat, run by coach, Karen Kissane. As I was there for the whole three days, I got to take part in some off the sessions and took advantage of the time to take a step back and really think about the direction I am taking with both my work and personal life.

Why am I telling you this? Well, it struck me that some of the exercises I…


One of the most insidious barriers to achieving the life we want to lead has to be self doubt. Can I do this? Do I have the skills, the confidence, the resilience — do I dare?

Self doubt has been my nemesis for as long as I can remember.

I have always been full of big ideas — creativity and “big picture” thinking comes naturally to me. My excitement and enthusiasm can sweep me away to the point where I can create, fund and organise a project and then — bam! — I am paralysed by self doubt. …


Why we should see them and why we should be them.

Do you remember who your female role models were as a girl? A relative, perhaps — maybe an aunt who you perceived as glamorous, or a teacher. An activist, a singer, an actress, even a politician?

How about as a young woman? Were female role models available to you then? Maybe your mother or grandmother (once past puberty and you shed the scales from your eyes ;-) )

Mark Thomas writes:

“Our happiness is very much based on our perception of how our life should or could be and…

Jo Blackwell

Jo Blackwell is a Writer and Portrait/Personal Branding Photographer based in the UK. She is the Founder of The Midlife Movement: https://themidlifemovement.com

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