The Midlife Momentum Podcast

by Debbie Harbec

Hi, I’m Debbie Harbec and I’m a certified life coach working with women in midlife and going through the menopause transition. So, each week, I’ll be sharing the latest information, inspiration, and generating some momentum so you can move forward and feel more in control of your changing midlife body and your life.

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Podcast episodes

  • 44: Wine and Why Not in Midlife

    44: Wine and Why Not in Midlife

    I don't like being the bearer of bad news... But we - meaning us ladies in midlife - are drinking more than ever. We're actually the fastest growing demographic when in comes to alcohol consumption in the western world. And it's concerning. We've created a culture that normalizes wine and alcohol as a way to de-stress and deal with life's problems. However, we're paying for it with our health, especially during the menopause transition. And I know, from the clients I work with, and for myself, we don't want to be in this situation. So what can we do about it? I'm talking all about it in this episode.❤️ Debbie If you'd like to ask me more, or you're curious about working with me, visit me at www.debbieharbeccoaching.com or @debbieharbec on Instagram... or book a time to talk with me: https://calendly.com/debbie-harbec-coaching/free-consultation Music Credit: Music from #Uppbeat (free for Creators!): https://uppbeat.io/t/hartzmann/sunny License code: 8IEJIZYHBOCC8EWB Here are some of the studies and links I reviewed for this episode: "The problem with women and middle-aged drinking", University of Auckland, December 2023 "Strategies to support midlife women to reduce their alcohol consumption: an Australian study using human-centred design", Health Promotion International, December 2023 "Through the wine glass: How biographical midlife transitions and women's affective interpretations interact with alcohol consumption", International Journal on Drug Policy, July 2023 "The who and what of women's drinking: Examining risky drinking and associated socio-demographic factors among women aged 40–65 years in Australia", Drug and Alcohol Review, January 2022 "Excessive Alcohol Use is a Risk to Women’s Health", Alcohol and Public Health, February 2024 "Alcohol and drinking within the lives of midlife women: A meta-study systematic review", International Journal on Drug Policy, October 2021 "How does alcohol affect menopause and perimenopause?", HCF, June 2023 "More women in the U.S. are drinking themselves to death, research finds", NBC News, July 2023

  • 43: Solving for Sleep in Perimenopause and Beyond with Xi Decker

    43: Solving for Sleep in Perimenopause and Beyond with Xi Decker

    When you aren't sleeping well, everything in your life is affected. And in midlife and through menopause, trouble falling asleep and/or staying asleep is one of the top issues. So that's why I invited my guest, Xi Decker, to the podcast. Xi is author of the book, "Menopause: A Guide to Your Unique Journey", and she's also an experienced scientist in the the diagnostics industry, specializing in women's health. In this episode, Xi and I are kindred spirits, and we have a great conversation on menopause, hormones, sleep issues, solutions to help you sleep better, stress, and more. I know you'll get a lot out of this episode. Debbie P.S.: You can view this episode on YouTube here: https://youtu.be/cPBQ8hnNdUo Xi Decker is a dedicated women's health advocate with over two decades of experience in the life sciences and diagnostics industry, specializing in women's health, sexual health, and oncology. As she was living her own perimenopause journey, Xi recognized a significant knowledge gap in this critical life phase. So, her mission has become to demystify menopause, equipping women with the necessary tools and knowledge to navigate this phase confidently and positively. That mission drove her to write the book “Menopause: A Guide to Your Unique Journey.” To connect with Xi: Website: https://sharedadmiration.myshopify.com/ Freebie : Top 5 Strategies to Navigate Menopause with Fewer Symptoms Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sharedadmiration/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sharedadmiration Thanks for listening! If you'd like to know more about working with me, visit me at www.debbieharbeccoaching.com or @debbieharbec on Instagram. Or book a time to talk with me: https://calendly.com/debbie-harbec-coaching/free-consultation Music Credit:Music from #Uppbeat (free for Creators!): https://uppbeat.io/t/hartzmann/sunny License code: 8IEJIZYHBOCC8EWB

  • 42: Creating a Positive Mindset

    42: Creating a Positive Mindset

    Do you feel like you're stuck in negativity? Or anxious a lot of the time? We all feel negative at least half the time, but when it feels like you're often spiraling out... You can learn to create a more positive mindset. No matter what your circumstance, you can get out of negative spirals and feel better. How do you do that? That's what I'm talking about today, the steps to gaining a mindset that's resilient and keeps you moving forward. Enjoy the episode! Debbie P.S. Want to join the 30-Day Get-Out-and-Walk Challenge? It's free and it starts Sunday, May 12th. Click on the link to sign up and join us! Thanks for listening! If you'd like to ask me more about managing stress, or you want to find out more about working with me, visit me at www.debbieharbeccoaching.com or @debbieharbec on Instagram... or book a time to talk with me: https://calendly.com/debbie-harbec-coaching/free-consultation or email me at: debbie@debbieharbeccoaching.com Music Credit: Music from #Uppbeat (free for Creators!): https://uppbeat.io/t/hartzmann/sunny License code: 8IEJIZYHBOCC8EWB

  • 41: Navigating Neurodiversity in Midlife and Menopause with Gail Seemann

    41: Navigating Neurodiversity in Midlife and Menopause with Gail Seemann

    Wondering if you might be neurodivergent? You're not alone. And in fact, many women are only diagnosed with conditions associated with neurodivergence, such as ADHD and autism. in midlife. Why is that? And what can you do if you find yourself with a diagnosis or suspect you many be neurodivergent? To answer these questions, I've asked Gail Seemann to the podcast. Gail is a counselor and coach, working with neurodivergent individuals, and she's also mother to a young-adult daughter diagnosed with autism and ADHD. She explains why ADHD and/or autism may only be diagnosed later in life for women, and how these conditions, compounded with changing hormones, can affect you during the menopause transition. I really enjoyed this conversation with Gail, and I hope you enjoy listening to it! Debbie Gail Seemann is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) with over 22 years of experience working with patients of all ages who have been diagnosed with mild to severe levels of trauma and behavioral issues. And as mother of a now young-adult daughter who has been diagnosed with ADHD and Autism, Gail has a passion for working with others with similar diagnoses and their families. She’s recently added coaching services to this end, helping her clients move forward in their lives beyond therapy. To connect with Gail: Website: https://www.lifestreamfamilycounseling.org/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/n-gail-seemann-6070392b0/ Book a consult with Gail: https://hnwsmujgih.timetap.com/ Thanks for listening! If you'd like to know more about working with me, visit me at www.debbieharbeccoaching.com or @debbieharbec on Instagram. Or book a time to talk with me: https://calendly.com/debbie-harbec-coaching/free-consultation Music Credit:Music from #Uppbeat (free for Creators!): https://uppbeat.io/t/hartzmann/sunny License code: 8IEJIZYHBOCC8EWB

  • 40: The Magic of Walking

    40: The Magic of Walking

    There’s one thing I do that gives me the highest feeling of health and well-being and calm... It's walking outdoors. And there are many reasons for this, which I share in this episode. If you’ve been listening to this podcast, you know that one of the best things you can do in midlife, for all your symptoms including weight gain, is to manage stress. And walking outside, through movement and nature, does that better than most anything else. There's so much value in a daily walking practice. And I believe we'd all feel better through this crazy time if we had one. That's why, in just a couple of weeks, I'll be launching a walking challenge... More about this in today's episode and in the coming days... Stay tuned! Enjoy! Debbie Thanks for listening! If you'd like to ask me more about managing stress, or you want to find out more about working with me, visit me at www.debbieharbeccoaching.com or @debbieharbec on Instagram... or book a time to talk with me: https://calendly.com/debbie-harbec-coaching/free-consultation or email me at: debbie@debbieharbeccoaching.com Music Credit: Music from #Uppbeat (free for Creators!): https://uppbeat.io/t/hartzmann/sunny License code: 8IEJIZYHBOCC8EWB