The Big Why


Empowered Menopause – The Big Why by Kate Airey

If I was to tell you that an Empowered Menopause is possible? Would you believe me? Menopause has a bad reputation. And if we go into our 3rd Age expecting the worst with a stack full of negative thoughts and feelings, how can we expect anything more?

Today’s cultural norm see’s us running around like headless chickens and putting ourselves firmly at the bottom of our priority list. We reach the start of menopause feeling frazzled and worn out. It’s no wonder that we struggle with hot flashes, poor sleep, low mood and weight gain.

Menopause can feel like the fog has closed in on us, it can feel relentless and overwhelming. But trust me when I say, I can help you navigate through the fog until it lifts. I’m not talking about a quick fix or a miracle solution. I’m talking about small sustainable practices.

If we look at our life as a map, the territory is always changing. We just need to learn to change with it. What worked for us in our 20’s isn’t going to work for us now. Our bodies and minds are asking for more and it’s time for us to listen. It’s time for us to implement a Wellness Toolkit.

This first thing we need to ask our self is ‘What is our Big Why?’ I ask all of my clients to do this when they embark on their journey to improved health, wellness and happiness. It’s so easy to get swept away in doing what we think is expected of us. It is easy to get stuck in the busyness of life. Now is the time to reassess your life goals, the big and the small.

Top Tips to discover your Big Why:

  • Rediscover what brings you joy, then do more of it.
  • Be your true authentic self. Stop trying to please others at the expense of your health and happiness.
  • Celebrate the wisdom that comes with every day we have on this planet. You have so many life lessons under your belt. Use them as a force for good.
  • Create a vision board. Do it as a personal task or as a family. Take your dreams off the shelf, put them on your board and make a plan to action them.
  • Start your day with a positive thought. Write a gratitude list.
  • Take time to hit the pause button. Journal, meditate and take time to quieten your mind. We can create so much clarity from a simple task of meditation. Disconnect from everything around you and draw your awareness to your breath.

Start using these top tips now, tomorrow will never come. Take ownership of your health and be the best version of you.


Click on our Events Page to find out about Kates Empowered Menopause Workshop

An update from the Estate

It has been a tough week for everyone, and it is with sad hearts that we are announcing the temporary closure of our hotel & restaurant. We are not waiting for an order that falls too late, so we have taken the difficult decision to close the hotel in its entirety. Our upmost priority is to protect our loyal guests, the Middleton Lodge team, and our families at home. Unfortunately we are cancelling all bookings until 1st June 2020.

To be clear: we have had no suspected cases of COVID-19, either from our guests or our team. This is a heartbreaking decision, but it is one that we have made by choice, to keep you safe during this unprecedented time. Our last working day will be Saturday 21st March and we are in contact with all event organisers helping them to transfer dates. Our thoughts are with the NHS at this time of national crisis.

What about my booking?

If you have a booking of any kind (hotel, spa or restaurant) due to take place before 1st June 2020 we will be in touch with you personally via telephone or email. If you would consider rescheduling rather than completely cancelling your booking, that would mean so much to us as an independent hotel. We promise to do everything we can to deal with this situation as swiftly as we can.We are deeply sorry for the disappointment this causes; it has been a tough decision to make, but ultimately the right one. We respectfully request that you do not need to contact us about your booking at this time, unless directly requested to do so. Our lovely team are dealing with this as quickly as possible, and we don't want to overwhelm them, or slow the process for you. This is a huge ordeal for all of us, but with a level-head, we all will get through it. And we can't wait to welcome you back when we do.

Gift Vouchers

The redemption period will be extended to allow for this unplanned closure. If you would like to purchase a voucher please email the team via our contact page.

What Next?

Behind the scenes, our dedicated team will keep working diligently to ensure that we re-open in a way that is better than ever. You will be given the first opportunity to reschedule your stay and, when the time comes, we'll offer a safe, restful escape from this global ordeal.Please take care and stay safe. Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts, for your support during this difficult time. We can't wait to welcome you back.

The Allison Family and Middleton Lodge Team x