Five Self-Talk Mistakes and How to Fix Them

Improving Your Self-talk Will Make You Happier We often equate self-care with physical care, taking enough exercise, rest and relaxation and eating well; we may also meditate or practice yoga to help us relax and reduce stress. But one of the key areas I’ve been working to improve recently is my self-talk — the way I talk to myself. It’s easier said than done, but a good start is recognising that we all have habitual ways of thinking that affect

By |2021-01-05T18:37:17+00:00January 5th, 2021|Advice, Life Lessons, Psychology, Well-being|0 Comments

Change Your Perspective and Change Your Life

How Some New Thinking Could Help You Live Longer Critical thinking and becoming open to change could be the key to improving your physical and mental health, helping to change your perspective, your life, and maybe even increase your life span. As a health professional, it was my role to discuss healthy lifestyle changes with my patients. They usually had long-term conditions such as diabetes and getting them to accept any change was challenging. Earlier in my career, this

By |2020-10-28T13:57:36+00:00October 23rd, 2020|Advice, Life Lessons, Psychology, Well-being|0 Comments

Does Everything Make You Angry Now You’re Older? Let’s Just Be Kind to One Another

When my daughters were young and having a typical sibling squabble, in desperation I would often ask them ‘are you being kind?’. It was an attempt to avoid becoming involved in their argument and to get them to think about what was really important at that moment. Amazingly, it usually worked. Lately, I have had to remind myself of this tactic as I try to bring more kindness and compassion into my thinking. Kindness or being kind is a trait

By |2020-10-13T10:59:00+00:00July 25th, 2020|Advice, Life Lessons, Psychology, Social, Well-being|0 Comments

The Surprising Benefits of Regular Foot Care

Why healthy feet can make all the difference as you grow older Is it possible to write a witty and profound article about feet? Possibly not. But this is important stuff. It could save your life. In his wonderful book ‘Being Mortal’, the surgeon Atul Gawande describes sitting-in with a chief geriatrician for some routine consultations. He noticed that the doctor spent a lot of time examining the feet of one patient who had several issues related to ageing although

By |2020-07-06T14:27:34+00:00July 6th, 2020|Advice, Health, Life Lessons, Well-being|0 Comments

The Troublesome Mother/Daughter Relationship

Coming to terms with the loss of my mother We celebrated my mother’s 90th birthday last August. Family and friends held a lovely afternoon tea in the sunny dining room of her care home, where she had been living for just a few months. She had fallen earlier in the year and had rapidly become immobile but seemed to be adjusting. Then, following a very short illness, she was admitted to hospital as an emergency and sadly died on

By |2020-07-01T12:17:09+00:00July 1st, 2020|Life Lessons, Well-being|0 Comments

What Should a 60-year-old Wear Today?

Choosing clothes can be easier than you think. How do you get dressed in the morning? Do you ask yourself 'What should a 60-year-old wear?'. The current lockdown has changed how many of us get ready for the day ahead. We’re all experiencing a change of lifestyle and, with many home working, there is less pressure to dress for the office. Perhaps some of us are just attending to the ‘top half’ for online meetings. Instagram is my favourite

By |2020-10-15T16:20:14+00:00June 17th, 2020|Life Lessons, Psychology, Style|0 Comments

Why You Don’t Need the Best Anti-wrinkle Cream

How to stop worrying about Crows’ Feet and Smile Lines Oh, the horrors of the passport photograph! No matter how I tried, in order to comply with the regulations, my photograph had to be brutally honest and that image didn’t look like ‘the me’ in my head. Now, I declare that I am perfectly at ease with my ageing face, unconcerned about the best anti-wrinkle cream, but the reality did make me think. Mainly though, it made me wonder —

By |2020-10-23T11:34:44+00:00March 9th, 2020|Life Lessons, Psychology, Skin Care, Well-being|0 Comments

Simplify Your Life and Embrace Slow Living

In praise of pottering about and tweaking things One of my favourite things is to spend time pottering about and tweaking things. Usually, I don’t have a plan, I will look around and rearrange things, maybe go into the garden and pick some flowers or seed heads, or have a tidy-up. This may not sound like the most productive undertaking but I assure you when I reflect on my days spent in this way, I always feel a great sense

By |2020-01-10T16:43:26+00:00January 10th, 2020|Inspiration, Life Lessons, Well-being|0 Comments

How To Age Well And Have Your Best Later Life

Ageing is a part of life. As a nurse, I’ve cared for the ageing and dying; I’m now assisting my 90+ year-old mother in her final years; and since my recent retirement from a 40-year health care career, I’m learning how to manage my own ageing. But what do we mean by ageing? It is the process of getting older, in which we will face physical, psychological and social changes. Ageing starts almost from the moment we are born,

By |2019-11-12T18:26:34+00:00October 15th, 2019|Inspiration, Life Lessons|0 Comments
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