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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. Feeling blue this winter?  You are not alone…

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    Article by Beverley Harvey Anyone who suffers from depression and low mood, will know that winter can be a particularly challenging time.  According to NHS statistics, seasonal affective disorder (SAD), affects around 2 million people in the UK and more than 12 million people across northern Europe.  Add the SAD factor to the onset of menopause – a time when women are four times more likely to suffer from mental health disorders than women under forty-five – and frankly, it’s a wonder that many of us manage to function at all between November and March. I have personally battled depression for the last nine years and I’ve realised that, like the moon, it waxes and wanes.  Nobody would argue that depression is a serious illness and that it needs expert,...
  2. Make positive changes to bring your dreams alive

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    Article by Ruth Seodi Close your eyes and give yourself a minute to picture your dream life, dream home, dream partner, dream job.  Put all your current life obstacles and restraints aside and just allow yourself the luxury of picturing your dreams. If you didn’t do it – do it now, the rest of this article can wait.  Enjoy this brief window of escape… If it helps, my dreams would be to live in the South of France or the Caribbean from October to February where I would write and deliver self – help workshops, I would get involved in the local community and feel welcome.  I would have the perfect partner/relationship where love, admiration honesty and fun were in abundance.  My income would be plenty…I could...
  3. Top 10 tips to reduce stress

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    Tips from Susan Scott. How can we avoid  or reduce the stress in our lives? Susan Scott, author of How to Prevent Burnout offers her top tips Increase your personal stress awareness. Recognise the symptoms. These can be physical, emotional, behavioural or psychological. Consider what might be causing you to feel the way you do and what action might be required to address the causes. If you’re finding it hard to identify the causes, keep a stress diary recording the events that caused you to feel bad and how they made you feel.   Review your diet and lifestyle with honesty. What are you drinking, smoking and eating? Has this changed recently? If yes, and you’re drinking or smoking more or relying more on sugary carbohydrate foods to get you through...
  4. Are your knickers holding you back?

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    Article by Andy Cope Two rules for a great article. First, great content and second, a cracking title. With the latter sorted, here’s the best bit… Having reached 50, I’ve realized that the ageing process is inevitable. You can look after yourself, go to the gym, each healthy food, moisturize and take cod-liver oil, but ultimately, those birthday cards will have bigger numbers on them year by year. But what if it isn’t about vitamins and Nivea? What is the secret of eternal youth was in our heads – our thinking more specifically. And we could maintain some of that youthful, carefree exuberance that the young children manage to generate. They’re not fussed about the news. And, to be fair, they don’t have the same...
  5. Writer’s retreats: Why escaping to an idyllic cosy cottage is no way to write a novel

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    Article by Louise Dean The little lodge in the middle of nowhere, with a raging fire and food and drink and you inside all toasty warm looking rather charismatic putting down thousands of words of pure poetry onto a page. That ain’t going to happen.   Never. No way. Not even one day. That ‘golden time’ to write your novel? It’s not coming for you. Nope. Sorry. So you’re going to have to buck your ideas up a bit. Don’t put off until tomorrow what can be done today! If I sound a little 1940’s, well I am thinking that today’s novelist needs to be like the war time housewife. Think of writing your novel as if it’s war time. I’ve got a recipe for you from the Kritikme Ministry of Novels this week. (One day, your ‘designer writer lifestyle’ might come but when...
  6. Find Yourself after 50

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    Article by Ruth Seodi   I’m a real fan of Fab after Fifty, I love the vibrant energy and colour, and above all the ‘feel good’ factor.  I introduced myself to Ceri recently and shared my enthusiasm for writing.  I’ve found over the years that by writing my thoughts and ideas on paper often gives clarity. Most events in my life good and bad, are kept alive in a notebook – waiting to be read.  I married twice, first to a Scientologist and later to an Egyptian Muslim Olympic Wrestler who I had my two children with.  In those days I was wrapped up in love, marriage and motherhood and all that goes with it.  Now in my fifty’s I have a bit more time for myself and I’ve been...
  7. The Conscious Feminine

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    By Margi Ross  The Conscious Feminine is the next step in the development of women and the Feminine. It brings the Feminine into life! Below is list of what would happen if the Feminine was integrated into our society. Who would not want this? It’s Feminine sanity! If the Feminine was integrated into Society, here are some things that could happen: The Feminine qualities of nurturing, kindness and respect for all life would become part of the values and laws of the institutions which govern our society. World leaders would not make big changes without first considering the needs of people, animals and all life during and after the changes. To a woman who serves the Feminine, all life is precious and people, animals and nature are not expendable. The Feminine has an inclusive view....
  8.  ‘How would it be for YOU to be as confident from the inside out as you appear in reality?’

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    Article by Irene Brankin “Success is being comfortable with yourself regardless of what’s going on round you” (I.Brankin)   I wonder if you are one of the ‘almost nearly confident and successful woman’?   By that, I am meaning that however successful and confident you appear to others, inside you there is a feeling of being a fraud or an imposter as you are always waiting to be found out. These feelings come under the term ‘Imposter Syndrome’ that evolved about 40 years ago by two  American Clinical Psychologists, and can be briefly defined as a collection of feelings of inadequacy that persist even in the face of information that the opposite is true or simply put –  self-doubt. Self doubt undermines self confidence This self-doubt undermines the self-confidence of both men and women,...
  9. Feeling shirty…What happened to my arms?

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    Article by Juliet Young I’m feeling more than just shirty. I’m feeling decidedly irritated and maybe even a little cheesed off, as one online dictionary offered me as a quaint definition of this very old, very British adjective. Why?  Shirts. My shirts. Hubby’s, which I very kindly iron every day, because I’m so damned nice and too damned rushed to do more than one at a time, don’t really bother me.  They’re big,  they’re cotton, they’re his.   My shirts are another matter. Should I in fact actually be calling them blouses? Some of them do have cute little flowers, paisley pattern swirls, or small white polka dots printed upon them. On the polka-dotted one there are even a couple of stray...
  10. The Autumn Blues: How to turn them orange, red and gold.

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    Article by Juliet Young As I walked back to my car after work last week, I realised that the street lamps were all on, throwing a bright orange glow onto the pavement I was pounding. It must be about to rain, I mumbled to myself, before noticing the perfectly clear, navy blue sky. It must be later than usual, I groaned. Not at all, it was absolutely my normal home-time when I do the afternoon shift.  Then it dawned on me. It must be autumn. Yuck! That weird season which for me has none of the joys of spring or warmth of summer, nor the frostiness and delicate beauty of winter.  But after half a century feeling this way, this year...
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