Eat, Pray, Love, Volunteer

Do you ever feel like you can get really into something so much so that it starts to affect everything that you do?!

Well that's what happened to me when I started reading a really great book, Eat, Pray, Love. And yes, exactly my point, it's now been turned into a film starring Julia Roberts. Its all about a middle aged (well 37 year old) woman who decided to let loose and be a free spirited traveller after going through a painful divorce.

Then the other week it was all over the papers that the midlife crisis is now hitting people as young as their thirties!

Now I'm not saying I'm going through a mid-life-crisis, (oh grow up Heidi!) but its definitely got me thinking about how modern life worries about money, work and relationships can really take their toll.

But you don't have to go to Italy, Bali and India to get through it. Here's where volunteering comes in.

Volunteering can really enhance your life and it could be just what you need to get out of the routine that you've been stuck in for the last 20 years or so. A lot of people at this age also realise the importance of giving back to society - so why not act on it? It doesn't have to be hard and you can fit lots of types of roles in amongst yoga, chai teas and your new found love of sports cars!

Or if you want to volunteer to help people who are experiencing a real mid life crisis there are a number of charities that help. Carers UK, Womens Health Concern and Relate are all charities that offer support to people to cope and move on from a mid-life crisis.