STATE OF MIND
MAIN LINE PSYCHIATRIC’S DR. TALIBA M. FOSTER BREAKS DOWN HOW TO BUILD CONFIDENCE AT ANY AGE.
Your work with women often focuses on the idea of aging with self-esteem. Why?
“Across the board, women identify their pathology as one that is secondarily tied to poor relationships, either subjecting yourself to poor treatment or to unrealistic expectations. The Generation Xers are now ages 40 to 64. They have a need to be everything for everybody: taking care of themselves, their children, and oftentimes their parents. The standard that they are setting for themselves is unsustainable many times. And if social media, cellphones, and false social constructs are determining what is valuable, it is very easy to see how you can be quickly overwhelmed and feel less than.”
What are some at-home techniques you suggest for busy Gen Xers?
“Realize that overscheduled children make you an overscheduled adult. Take time for yourself. Reframe your thinking. Start with how can I make my life count? What is my purpose? You determine your schedule and who you want to spend your time with. Basically, the world is yours.” 121 Coulter Ave., Ardmore, 484-412-8316; mainlinepsychiatric.com