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Fabafterfifty: Confidence

  1. 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...
  2.  ‘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,...
  3. 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...
  4. One hundredth of one second – first impressions count.

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    Article by Philip Adcock Scientists have worked out that it takes one hundredth of one second for each of us to form that all important first impression. Whether it’s a job interview or first date – follow these simple steps to make sure you make the best impression possible. We know that in only a fraction of a second after meeting, people make initial judgments about others. But what exactly is it that people connect with in others? Although material possessions can play a part, our instincts determine believability, trust etc. in ways used by our ancestors long before bespoke suits, designer watches, expensive cars, luxury handbags, or even boob jobs, cosmetics, face-lifts, or liposuction ever came along. Here are some simple steps to make sure you make better first impressions. Face...
  5. 5 Top Tips to Calm Your Inner Critic

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     Article by Jerry Sargeant    Your inner critic must be harnessed. If not, it will take you in the opposite direction of your path, and trick you into believing that your heart is not your life compass. So, how do you tame this little voice that chatters away inside of you? Never go into battle with it. Accept it is there and then choose not to engage. Observe what that little voice says, smile, and then make a better choice. If you resist it, it will put up a fight and come on stronger, so acceptance and observation are critical components when dealing with this troublesome child.   Your inner critic exists inside of your mind. It cannot exist in your heart. That little voice is your ego, and...
  6. It’s National Smile Month – 10 Top Tips for Happiness

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    Article by Andy Cope It’s taken me nearly 12 years to bag a PhD in ‘Happiness’. That’s a dozen years of seeking out happy people, following them around, and finding out why they’re so darned happy. It culminates in a 100k word door-stop of a thesis crammed full of academic gibberish. But while scrambling around in the happiness undergrowth, I’ve discovered some amazing stuff. Some of it’s weird, some simple, some enlightening, but all of its likely to put a smile on your face… so here are the top 10 things that I didn’t expect to find along the way: Money does make you happier As a happiness researcher, I’ve come to the conclusion that money might not be able to buy happiness but it can certainly buy you comfort, ease, choice and possibility....
  7. 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...
  8. NOW is the time!

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    Article by Rennie Gould There are two things I have to declare right from the start, the first is that I am a man and the second is that I passed the fifty milestone some time ago, therefore I have a slightly different perspective to the one you are probably used to, but I hope you are prepared to stick with me despite these obvious shortcomings. Many people are inspired by a particular event to take a cold, hard look at their life – a fiftieth birthday, a divorce or becoming an empty nester, are some of the most common time-to-take-stock moments, but I would like to argue that we shouldn’t wait for some external event to provide the stimulus to re-examine our life, as the time to do this...
  9. 3 quick tips to stoke up the Success Engine!

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    Article by Anna Letitia Cook It took me a long time to realise that I was floundering and not going in the direction I wanted… However, one thing I have always been aware of is how important the ‘whole’ is. We can’t just concentrate on one thing, if so, the rest become unbalanced. Like building a house, if you only put foundations under one wall, in time the others will collapse! It is exactly the same for your body and mind! You can’t have an Unstoppable Goddess mind and attitude without your body’s support… 3 quick tips foe success: 1. Physical is as important as mental – you need to pay as much attention to your body as your mind. If you don’t have energy, your brain doesn’t work properly and you block your skills,...
  10. How to avoid losing your self-confidence and self-esteem – warning, some nudity is involved!

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    Article by Martin Goodyer Go find a mirror and take a good look. What do you see? If you find yourself remembering that once upon a time you lived with more confidence or felt better about yourself then than you do now, then you’ve probably had a ‘WTF just happened to me?’ moment. Likely as not it wasn’t a moment of pleasure, more like a painful slap of reality when you realised something wasn’t working for you, – but quite what it is, now that’s not clear. It can be quite confusing. Time is a funny thing. It’s natural that as it passes, the unconscious questions that cause you to doubt yourself build and strengthen. Those tiny doubts get stronger and stronger until doubt about doubt becomes certainly. You become sure that...
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