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Fabafterfifty: Wellbeing

Empty nesting”, “sandwich generation” these are examples of   terms associated with our age group- here we look to explore what these terms mean to us, and how we can better understand ourselves  and our reactions to this phase of our lives.

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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. The Impact of Social Media and Self-Esteem

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    When you think about social media and self-esteem, you may be thinking about adolescents and young adults. However, women over 45 are just as affected (if not more affected) by how others perceive them. According to one study on social media effects, just one hour per day on Facebook can lower your self-esteem score by almost six percent. Why? Because we are constantly comparing ourselves to other people. When we see that one of our old “friends” has the perfect husband, a beautiful house, and a wonderful job, while we are on our third marriage, suffering with our millionth horrible job, and living in a cramped apartment, it can be pretty hard on our self-esteem. But we do not realize that many people only post...
  3. 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...
  4. 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...
  5. 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...
  6. Musings on friendship

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    By Beverley Harvey One evening last week, my kitchen reverberated with the laughter and conversation of nine smart, funny and attractive women.  It was all about supporting a friend who has recently entered the world of party selling – specifically, a fabulous range of organic beauty products.  Keen to help, I agreed to host a pamper-party to introduce a new circle who I thought would appreciate both Lisa and her beauty range.  I was right on both counts; it’s difficult to say which went down better, Lisa or her fab products.  So, we played with the make-up, road-tested the skin care, drank Prosecco and ate our own bodyweight in crisps and nuts (oh alright, just me doing the latter then). Only three weeks ago, I called upon the same fabulous...
  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. Empty Nests: Dealing with Loneliness and Boredom

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    Very often, women who’ve devoted the greater part of their lives to their families suddenly find themselves quite alone and bored once their children move on to uni and their own lives. This is especially likely if they are single by that time, or in a relationship that’s unfulfilling in some way. Being suddenly alone is, in a sense, a form of bereavement and is often associated with depression and a feeling of being rudderless. Few people are actually prepared for this kind of emotional upheaval, whatever they may think beforehand. Wallowing in self-pity won’t achieve anything, though, so think about what steps you can take towards your own happiness. Explore New Interests Most of us have spent decades “about to” learn Italian, get back to the piano lessons we had to abandon or start...
  10. Do you need a Midlife MOT?

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon Every year here in the UK we dutifully take our cars to be tested for road worthiness and ensure that they are safe to be on the road and enable us to reach the end of our planned journeys…but do we ever take stock of ourselves to make sure that all working parts are in order to get us through life’s journey? We are living longer, but are we doing the best now to  have a quality life as well as a longer life?  At 50 most of us have decades ahead of us. And it is very easy to focus on one or two elements of our lives and let others slip.  To live happily in old age we should probably take time now to address the balance, and bring...
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