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Online Counselling Can Help You Beat Middle-Age Depression

  • November 15, 2018
  • By 50 Shades
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Online Counselling Can Help You Beat Middle-Age Depression

It’s no secret that getting older can be a bit difficult at times. Some of us feel like we are ageing like a fine wine and others will wonder how the years flew by so quickly. Getting older is something that can be a real treasure, though. You have the ability to use all of your life experiences to try to become the best version of yourself.

If you are having difficulties with getting older, then you might feel a little bit depressed. You should never feel alone because millions of people experience similar thoughts and feelings. Coming to terms with ageing comes naturally to some people and is very tough for others. If getting older is starting to make you depressed, then you should know that you don’t have to keep feeling blue.

Why is Middle-Age Depression Common?

Online Counseling Can Help You Beat Middle-age Depression

Middle-age depression is so common because people have a hard time accepting that they are getting older. There are those who feel like age is simply a number and there are people who lament not being as spry as they once were. You might notice that jogging on the treadmill feels a bit more difficult than usual. Sometimes you’ll start to see your hairline recede and it will set off your depression.

Whatever the reason for your depression winds up being, it’s important to understand that you aren’t alone. Getting older is something that we all face and it can actually be a lot of fun. You don’t have to accept being less capable just because you are middle-aged. It is possible to beat your depression and really take control of your life.

What Can Be Done To Alleviate Middle-Age Depression

Online Counseling Can Help You Beat Middle-age Depression

There are many things that can be done to help you with middle-age depression. Sometimes going to see your doctor is a good idea. If you are having anxiety issues or depressive thoughts due to ageing, then they may be able to help. Sometimes medications can make a big difference and other times counselling will be in order.

Beating middle-age depression is about learning to accept that ageing is fine. You may not feel great about things while you’re dealing with depression. Addressing the depression first can help you to feel better about life in general. Seeing a few more wrinkles in the mirror and a lot less hair doesn’t have to get you down. You can talk about your worries and concerns with people who care.

Online Counselling Is Great!

Online Counseling Can Help You Beat Middle-age Depression

If you don’t want to give normal counselling a try, then online counselling is going to be the way to go. People feel a bit of trepidation at the idea of going to see a counsellor in person. If you can sign up for online counselling instead, then you will be able to talk to someone from the comfort of your own home. You won’t have to feel out of place, so you’ll be a lot more at ease during the session.

Online counsellors are highly-trained and can help you to get to the root causes of your depression. Sometimes you might not even be aware of what is truly bothering you. Having an in-depth conversation with a compassionate professional will really make a huge difference. They can assure you while offering many common sense solutions.

Online Counseling Can Help You Beat Middle-age Depression

Being middle-aged doesn’t have to get you down. You can beat middle-age depression and you don’t have to do so alone. Once you start feeling better, you’ll be able to take steps to improve your situation. You can start a new exercise routine, travel the world, or take up new hobbies. If you ever start to feel low, then online counselling will be there to help you through your issues.

This article was a sponsored post written by Marie Miguel who has been a writing and research expert for nearly a decade, covering a variety of health-related topics. Currently, she is contributing to the expansion and growth of a free online mental health resource with BetterHelp.com. With an interest and dedication to addressing stigmas associated with mental health, she continues to specifically target subjects related to anxiety and depression.

This post is part of the Lovin’ Life Linky with a Lovin’ Life Team of the “ageing positively” kind who love to promote a Lovin’ Life mindset.

The Lovin’ Life Team includes:

Deb from DEBBISHDOTCOM
Min from WRITE OF THE MIDDLE.
Leanne from DEEP FRIED FRUIT
Jo from JOANNE TRACEY
and of course me, Kathy from 50 SHADES OF AGE


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By 50 Shades, November 15, 2018 Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.
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50 Shades

Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.

22 Comments
  • Joanne Tracey
    November 15, 2018

    I think any access to help – at the time it is needed – is a good one. If people don’t feel able to visit a counsellor, access to reliable and well-trained online support sounds like it could be the next best thing.

    • Kathy
      November 15, 2018

      I agree Jo. For some people, particularly those who can’t physically get along to a Counsellor, online counselling is the next best thing. I would definitely consider it.

  • Lydia
    November 15, 2018

    I didn’t know middle aged depression was a thing, but looking around, I beleibve you’re onto something. There’s a happiness book that talks of the expectation gap being the root cause, and I think that’s right. But then we come to terms with it and happiness sky rockets again. Interesting post

    • Kathy
      November 15, 2018

      I guess it could be called “middle age crisis”, where we realise that our best years are behind us and we need to try and relive our youth. I think some people have more trouble coming to terms with age than others. I’m kind of embracing my age! #TeamLovinLife

  • Min @ Write of the Middle
    November 15, 2018

    What an important topic! Thank you Kathy & Marie. I can understand that there is Middle Age depression. It can be hard to accept growing older and seeing the changes in our bodies and capabilities. There’s many great things about getting older but lots of things that aren’t so easy. It’s wonderful that this is acknowledged and there is help and hope available for those that need it! #TeamLovinLife

    • Kathy
      November 15, 2018

      I recently took some staff photos of my work colleagues and they all lamented “how old they looked” in their photos. I think we don’t realise we’re ageing until we see a photo of ourselves or try to do something physical that is more challenging as we age. I’m glad there is help out there for those who are coming to terms with the ageing process.

  • Sydney Shop Girl
    November 15, 2018

    Kathy, thanks for bringing this up for discussion on your blog.I’m echoing Jo’s comment about how having as many different kinds of help and support out there is a good thing. Different people at different stages will then be able to find resources to fit their situation.

    SSG xxx

    • Kathy
      November 15, 2018

      Yes I think the availability of online counselling certainly gives people more options when it comes to seeking help with depression. It’s a great idea. #TeamLovinLife

  • Deborah
    November 15, 2018

    I saw a therapist a few years ago who offered to do skype sessions. And I did some life coaching via skype, which was good.

    I think I’m really starting to struggle with ageing. Initially – as I approached 50 – it was about ‘things not yet done’ (ie. not been in a relationship, had kids, lived with anyone etc) but now it’s more that I seem to be in some state of denial about my age or the fact I’m not young!

    • Kathy
      November 15, 2018

      I think it’s a positive to think “young”. You don’t want to get too old before your time. My only gripe I have about getting older is the fact that physically I’m not able to do some of the things I used to do.

  • Natalie @ Be Kind 2 You
    November 15, 2018

    Such an important topic. Depression can hold you back from the best part of your life. Talking with someone – anyone is such a great way to work on your mental health and achieve magnificent things

    • Kathy
      November 15, 2018

      It’s probably a lot more common than we realise. But slowly community awareness is improving and those who need assistance are getting counselled. #TeamLovinLife

  • Sue from Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond
    November 15, 2018

    Hi Kathy I think it is so important to be able to reach out when we need help. I know that from previous experience. At the moment my husband is seeing a psychologist to help with his PTSD and it is really helping him. Sometimes people feel a failure if they seek help or that they will be stigmatised in some way so online is an effective alternative. Depression is something not to be hidden away but to be helped in every way we can. Thank you for introducing Marie to us.

    • Kathy
      November 15, 2018

      It certainly is a good way to seek help with depression Sue. It’s heartening to see that people are more comfortable to seek help and I hope this trend continues. I’ve even sought counselling myself on a couple of occasions. #TeamLovinLife

  • Christine
    November 16, 2018

    I hadn’t really thought about middle age depression being common. I was aware that many people have emotional difficulties at menopause and becoming empty nesters, so maybe’s that’s part of it. I think the idea of assistance through online counselling or in-person is great. I’ve shared

    • Kathy
      November 18, 2018

      I’m sure that this is part of middle-age depression. A sense of purpose and belonging can be an issue as you get older. I have struggled with this myself. #TeamLovinLife

  • Candi Randolph
    November 17, 2018

    I agree that for some, the aging process is more difficult than for others. The option of online counseling is a new concept for me, and I think it’s great! It is one more avenue for someone to receive help when needed. Bookmarked this post for future reference. #lovinlife

    • Kathy
      November 18, 2018

      I think it’s a great resource for those who have difficulty getting out of the house. I would certainly access it if I couldn’t physically get to an appointment with a Counsellor. #TeamLovinLife

  • Leanne @ Deep Fried Fruit
    November 20, 2018

    Yeah, it’s easy to see why depression can set in as we age.

    • Kathy
      November 22, 2018

      I think some people are more susceptible that others. You just have to learn to accept the ageing process and move on.

  • Melissa Chambers
    November 24, 2018

    There is a huge correlation between Alzheimers and depression, so if you are feeling depressed do seek professional help. With support from counsellors and family you can beat it.

    • Kathy
      November 28, 2018

      Yes I’ve heard this Mel. I think it can be a problem with the elderly when they become detached and isolated from family and friends.

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