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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. Review of Smile Again: Your recovery from burnout, breakdown and overwhelming stress by Anna Pinkerton

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      Review by Ceri Wheeldon Anna Pinkerton, author of Smile Again is a psychotherapist who specialises in working with people with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, created in personal and professional lives.  In this book, Anna describes the different kinds of stress and life events that can lead to burnout and breakdown,  both created by one time events such as an accident, or witnessing a crime, to slow building events leading to trauma and breakdown such as domestic abuse or bullying. Life events leading to breakdown or trauma can leave you feeling lost. You lose your short term vision, lose your future and can find the present terrifying. Anna’s book explains how you have reached this point and offers 7 processes to follow to recover. Full Recovery IS Possible Anna shows...
  2. Body Language: How to Spot a Cheater

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    Tips from Phillip Adcock If you don’t want to be tricked this year, follow human behaviour expert Phillip Adcock’s top tips. Talking isn’t the only way we communicate with each other. In fact, between 55% and 75% of all communication is done via body language, rather than spoken language. Posture, physical gestures, facial expressions and even eye movements are all crucial ways of seeing the true intentions behind people’s words. This April Fool’s Day, you can use my tips on reading body language to make sure no-one gets the better of you with a joke. I’m going to go from top to toe and give three introductory clues on how to spot a cheater. And, of course, you can also apply these to spotting cheaters in other areas of your life! Eye believe Looking into the...
  3. Human Connection Plays Huge Part in Patient Care

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    Patient care is more than just physical healing, it’s a total package that involves building a human connection that goes beyond the body to include the mind and soul. In a word, it’s called empathy, or the capability to put oneself in another person’s shoes and share their feelings and emotions. It’s what we, as humans, are capable of doing and do so to people around us.   In the clinical setting, empathy allows health care professionals to connect with their patients and help them through their treatments. In a nutshell, it humanizes the whole hospital or clinic experience and gives it more meaning, whereas it would otherwise be a cold and lonely process that a patient has to go through in order to heal the body. But why is this human connection...
  4. Bye Bye Baby Bird – again!

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    Article by Juliet Young I am a real Mother-Clucker. The ultimate Queen of the roost. A busy hen fussing and flapping around my two chicks since the day they were born. And that was now over 21 and 18 years ago. How time flies when your baby birds are growing up. I loathed leaving them for any reason whatsoever so I categorically refused to work when they were babies, causing more than a little concern in the Home Finance Department. But we finally managed to agree that it would cost almost all of my salary to pay for a nanny so I may as well stay at home to look after them. Phewee! The idea of anyone other than their Queen Mother here, kissing their scraped little knees or ruffling...
  5. Natalie Savvides’ ten changes that you can make today to make you feel happier

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    Article by Natalie Savvides   The UN’s International Day of Happiness is on March 20th. Author Natalie Savvides is lending her support to this vital awareness day as part of her mission to help every girl, teenager and woman feel less alone, and happier, by living their life their own way and being true to themselves. Her book, Full Circlehttps://natalieunedited.com/ )   1) Wear a lipstick you like…always. A gorgeous colour lipstick makes you feel good, more alive, more awake and more glamorous in an instant.   2) Stop comparing! Don’t compare the external worlds of others to your internal world. Plenty of people project images that are not a true reflection of their real selves or lives. Comparisons are the thieves of joy! Count your blessings.   3) Eat well & sleep well: Eating well, slowly...
  6. Are You Still Living In Your Parent’s Shadow?

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    Article by Maxine Harley   We may have left our parent’s home in our 20s but some of us might as well still be living under their roof – because of the influence and power they have over our self-esteem, moods, choices and relationships. For those of us who’ve had a ‘troubled’ childhood – which can also be a euphemism for having been emotionally and psychologically squashed by trauma and abuse, and of having to endure the torment of toxic parents – our past  experiences still relentlessly invade the present day. Most (apparently about 90%) of our behaviour is sub-consciously driven, and so it isn’t available for our objective scrutiny, evaluation or updating. None of us really knows why we are the way we are, or why we react, speak and behave as we do. Each day of...
  7. 9 tips to liven up your winter

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    Article by Anna Letitia Cook As the winter months can seem long and sometimes dull, particularly just after the hustle and bustle of Christmas, I thought I would give you some fun tips to enliven the next few weeks! Please add your ideas below, don’t be shy, share with us, the more the merrier 🙂 Don’t be afraid to follow the seasons – Hibernate, change your food, your exercise, your daily habits. Read and learn more about Ayurveda, one of the world’s oldest holistic whole-body healing systems. They celebrate and follow the seasons instead of fighting against them – and to wonderful effect! (Contact me if you want more info about it or names of good books to read) Imitate an eskimo regularly – on...
  8. The Importance of Optimism

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    Article by Dr Sally Norton. Many people see positivity as a genetic trait – something they are either born with, or not. In the same way that we might talk about our eye colour or height, many of us will describe ourselves as naturally optimistic or pessimistic. However, your brain can change! In the same way that we can train our brains to appreciate healthy food, we can train ourselves to have a more positive outlook on life. When you find yourself thinking those negative thoughts about yourself, your circumstances, or even about others, STOP! Instead, force yourself to think of three positive things instead – there will always be something. If you persevere with looking for the good, instead of the bad, it will become...
  9. Why is success so much better, quicker and higher when it’s 4-dimensional?

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    Article by Anna Letitia Cook How can you achieve the success you are aiming for better, quicker and higher? Seriously? By focusing on all 4 dimensions – nutrition, exercise, mind, career – and not just espousing one, which for most people is normally career. Before you jump off to the next article in horror about someone again ranting about the dreaded health and fitness regime, or eating veggies and no coffee or booze just read a little longer… Remember extremes in anything are NOT what lights our fire! Throughout history health, fitness and a clear active mind have been revered as essential for everything, but particularly for success: – From Buddha in the 4th-6th century BC: “To keep the body in good health is a duty, otherwise we shall not be able to keep our...
  10. How to Channel your Mind for Success

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    Article by Anna Letitia Cook Our mind, how we feel, react and view the world around us are one of the main – if not the main – keys to happiness and a dynamic, capable, go-getting attitude in whatever field – and ultimately create our success both in our career and life as a whole. We live in difficult times – Being under a regular or long-term burden of worry, stress, fatigue and general negativity doesn’t help anyone do anything or get anywhere – and often leads to burnout or the dreaded depression. If you have never experienced depression, believe me, you don’t want to ever take the risk so learn how to manage your stress and fatigue right now! A calm mind, a positive, serene mindset and centred, balanced mental...
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