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  1. Are you addicted to busyness?

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    Article by Dr Andy Cope and Gavin Oattes Happiness tends to take a mid-life dip. Part of the full-on-ness of life after 50 is that in addition to holding down a career, you might have responsibility for ailing parents or grown-up kids who can’t afford to leave home. Thus, you can be fab after 50, but sometimes it’s against the odds. Busyness is a contemporary disease. It’s related to bout of ‘blue-arsed fly’ which can morph into full blown ‘Irritable Bastard Syndrome’. These modern epidemics are characterised by fatigue and minor chuntering. Most people need an energy transfusion. But expecting the world to treat you fairly because you are good is like expecting the bull not to charge because you are a vegetarian. Life can feel like a Mexican stand-off; you versus...
  2. How Buddhism helped me cope with trauma

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    Article by Alison Murdoch  On a sunny Monday afternoon in July, I was taking a break from the computer on our front step in South London when my 58 year-old husband Simon unexpectedly appeared at the gate looking like a man in his mid-eighties. I knew immediately that something was terribly wrong. Within an hour he was delirious, writhing and spitting on a trolley in Accident & Emergency like something out of The Exorcist. By the end of the evening he was in a life-threatening coma. The doctors told me that even if he survived, he was unlikely to avoid brain damage. Simon was diagnosed with viral encephalitis, a little-known illness of the brain, and kept alive by machines. Every day I got out of bed at 6am and...
  3. Tips for dealing with helpless, draining friends

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    Tips from Carole Ann Rice   Do you find yourself hurting yourself by helping an under achiever who takes sloth and excuses to new lows? Are you frustrated with being an on-call protector and rescuer to someone else’s poor decisions or dangerous behaviour? Is bailing out financially and emotionally a loved one’s latest dip sinking rather than floating your boat? Then either train to be a coach or shrink and invoice them – or just stop. Sometimes it’s a lifetime habit if you have grown up with that person whose neediness has become like oxygen it’s so natural and prevalent you have never questioned it. You have naturally bent with the call of duty and shouldered the load as though it was your natural path in life. Top tips for dealing with draining friends Top...
  4. Top Tips for Dealing with Procrastination

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    Article by Alexandra Sutcliffe     You’ve made a cup of coffee, turned on your laptop, and are keen to write the next chapter of your  novel.  All you have to do is click on the document icon, and set to work. But wait – another email’s just arrived, followed by a text.    Then there’s that developing news story, has there been an update?  Oh, and now an old friend’s posted something  on Facebook you really must respond to… Does this sound familiar?   To some degree we are all guilty of procrastinating, and today, more than ever, there are distractions all around us.  A phone is no longer simply for making calls, nor a laptop just a means for writing documents.  Both have become deliverers of entertainment, communication, news, gossip, games and so much more. It...
  5. Anti-Ageing Herbs to Combat Wrinkles

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    When we hit a certain time in our lives, particularly the age of fifty and beyond, wrinkles find their way onto our faces. Maybe we laughed a little too hard or frowned a bit too much. Even excessive worry has left the foreheads of many of us more  wrinkled than we would like. And, just as our mothers before us, we want to make them disappear as quickly as they appeared.. There are anti-aging creams out there and procedures like Botox and facelifts that can help you get rid of wrinkles. In fact, we have an entire section of our site dedicated to Makeup Facelifts, which have tips for readers on how to create the illusion of a wrinkle free face. Of course, with some of these methods, particularly surgical operations or injections, there is always an element of wrisk. We won’t get into the specific risks a facelift can put...
  6. The first steps to take when your divorce is inevitable

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    Article By Peter Jones, founder of Jones Myers family law specialist    The realisation that divorce is inevitable can result in wide-ranging emotions spanning despair, frustration – and fear of starting all over again. It is very rare that the person instigating the break up, or the partner who is being left, are prepared for the collapse of the marriage. Embarking on a life-changing path can seem a daunting and difficult journey. The steps below will help you to start and manage the divorce process: Check you can apply for a divorce   You must be married for over a year before starting divorce proceedings. Your marriage must be recognised by UK law and in most instances you or your partner will be living in England or Wales when making an application. You will also need to produce your marriage certificate. Establish...
  7. Start with Self-Love

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    Article by Laura Lacy-Thompson, M.A., M.S.  Somewhere in my early-fifties, I started to feel invisible. You know the feeling.  At first it’s subtle but then you realize that men no longer look your way or that younger people kind of ignore you.  It was shocking when it first started happening. At the same time, the rest of my life had turned into chaos.  My marriage was ending, my parents’ health started to deteriorate, and both my daughters had left the nest.  Fun times. I know my story is not unusual. When we reach our 50’s, these life transitions become inevitable and naturally we start to ask questions about what’s next for us. Suddenly everything has changed and it can be scary. The voice of the inner critic may become filled with negative...
  8. 8 Ways of Finding Your Inner Superpowers

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    Article by Dr Janina Scarlet What would you do if you suddenly developed superpowers? Most people say that they would help others – save people from accidents, rescue others from disasters, or heal those who are ill. In short, most people say that that if they developed superpowers they would want to use them to help people. There are actually numerous ways in which you can boost your own superhero strengths and improve your quality of life. Gratitude. Connection with your happy memories is not only a magical Patronus charm from ‘Harry Potter.’ Experiencing and expressing gratitude can in fact boost our physical and mental health. Some examples of experiencing gratitude are to write down 1-3 things you are grateful for that day. It is especially helpful if...
  9. Zen yourself young: Japanese techniques for a younger body and mind

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    By Sarah Bladen and Julian Daizan Skinner What would you say if the real answer to looking and feeling younger was to ditch the anti-wrinkle cream, forget daunting surgical procedures and turn to an ancient Japanese art first developed over a thousand years ago? Zen is the original source of the meditation and mindfulness trend that has swept the west in recent years and it might just hold the secret to our elusive quest for youth. Recent evidence shows that practising meditation both delays brain ageing and makes people look younger than their years. Dr Robert Keith Wallace, one of the first scientists to study the effects of meditation on ageing, discovered that when he measured biological age (how old a person is physiologically rather than chronologically), those who’d been practising meditation...
  10. Candida: What it is. What you can do about it

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    By Gemma Hurditch for CNM (College of Naturopathic Medicine). What is candida? Candida is a common fungus that lives on and in us. When in balance it causes no problems, but if its growth is unchecked, it can become a serious and sometimes life-threatening issue. Candida can often be a chronic infection that requires repeated anti-fungal treatment. Candida often presents as vaginal thrush in women. Oral thrush is also common, particularly after antibiotic treatment. The intestines can also be affected, as can the skin. In very serious cases candida may become a blood-borne infection requiring immediate medical attention. This type of invasive candidiasis, which can result in death, is highly unlikely to be present in the general population, however. People who develop it are generally already hospitalised and severely unwell. Symptoms In babies, symptoms of candida...
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