Ageism Causes Unhappiness and Not Just for the Old

Why Anti-ageing Products Are Offensive Recently, I saw a post on Instagram promoting ‘body positivity.’ It was part of a great campaign that aims to dispel the stigma around differences in appearance. Those differences can be visible or hidden and include, for instance, scars. In the video post, a young woman with psoriasis affecting her face and scalp was talking to camera when suddenly she paused, gasped and looked closely at her scalp. Her horror was not due to her

By |2021-02-26T13:32:48+00:00February 26th, 2021|Advice, Psychology, Social, Well-being|0 Comments

How to Grow Old with Youthful Spirit

Making the most of every moment Recently I have taken up a new mantra and it’s this: “Live as though you will last forever but stay mindful that it could all be over tomorrow.” It’s a blend of the stoic reminder Memento Mori, literally ‘Remember that you must die’, with a prompt based on my belief that in order to age well we should be willing to keep moving forward, be curious to learn new things and think new thoughts.

By |2021-02-01T13:43:45+00:00February 1st, 2021|Psychology, Inspiration, Well-being|0 Comments

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

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

A Lesson from the Harry and Meghan Episode

Why a rush to judgment is unhelpful and bad for your health The recent announcement by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex that they wish to withdraw from their senior roles in the Royal Family has inevitably provoked a reaction in the press and on social media. I noted (but was not surprised by) how willingly people rushed to voice their opinion about this situation. It caused me to wonder about how many of our thoughts are judgments and opinions

By |2020-02-11T17:41:07+00:00February 11th, 2020|Psychology, Well-being|0 Comments

Why a Visit to the Hair Salon Could Be Good for Your Mental Health

Recently I had an enlightening experience at the hairdressers. While I was waiting as my husband had his hair cut, I was joined by an older woman. She seemed to be in some discomfort, walking with a limp and a little out of breath. I automatically moved over slightly to make space although it was an unnecessary gesture as there was plenty of room. We smiled and I continued to read a magazine. Shortly afterwards she was ushered away

By |2020-01-28T12:21:33+00:00January 28th, 2020|Psychology, Social, Well-being|0 Comments

Why Baby Boomers Should Resist Any Urge to Join the Ageing Tribe

The importance of social connection across generations What do I mean by the ‘ageing tribe’? The Oxford English Dictionary defines a tribe as ‘a social division in a traditional society consisting of families or communities linked by social, economic, religious, or blood ties, with a common culture and dialect’. Recently it has occurred to me that, because of the many conversations that are taking place in social media and more widely in the press, we are forming ‘tribes’ based

By |2020-01-09T16:31:03+00:00January 9th, 2020|Advice, Psychology, Social, Well-being|0 Comments
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