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  1. How to Boost Your Energy

    Article by Dr Lynda Shaw As the nights draw in and it all starts to get a little bit dreary, we can find it a bit difficult to muster up the energy that we were so full of in the summer months. For many of us, mornings are a particularly difficult time of day, especially when it is dark outside so it can be hard to motivate yourself to jump out of bed. Brightening up your bedroom can have a psychological effect on how you feel. Try and counteract the lack of natural light in the mornings by making your bedroom feel brighter, lighter, warmer and more inviting to have a positive effect on your mood and energy levels. One of the biggest drains on my...
  2. Whats the best way to communicate with teenage grandchildren?

    Article by By Dr Lynda Shaw Teenagers are notoriously difficult to communicate with, with parents often receiving no more than a couple of grunts to let them know that they are OK.  But grandparents can have a very special relationship with their grandchildren and play an integral role in the lives, so what is the best way to make the most of this and communicate effectively? Teenagers are less self-absorbed than we give them credit for and a lot of the time they are interested in hearing what their grandparents have to say, but it is up to the grandparent to make it relevant and interesting to the teenager. That’s not to say you need to know what’s number one in the music charts but you...
  3. Top Tips for Staying Young for Longer from Dr Lynda Shaw

    Article by Dr Lynda Shaw 1.      Avoid and reduce stress as much as possible. Stress is one of the most common causes of premature ageing, so take time to relax and have a little humour in your life. 2.      Spend as much time with your family and friends. An increase in social connections can help improve the quality of life and can influence life extension. 3.      Oxygen is vital for keeping your body healthy. Make sure you get plenty of fresh air and ensure you have plenty of plants around you at home and at work. 4.      Whilst keeping active can help fight the loss of stamina, muscle strength, balance and bone density associated with ageing. Exercising your mind is equally important to exercising your body. A healthy and active mind will help you feel younger. Try...
  4. How to Reduce Anxiety tips from Dr Lynda Shaw

    Article by Dr Lynda Shaw Feeling anxious is normal, we all feel anxiety at many points in our lives, but when it takes over and stops us from enjoying our life then there is a real problem. Anxiety is a feeling that comes from fear and is a natural response to stress.  It can lead to dread and worry over things that may not even happen.  Two of the brain areas involved are the amygdala responsible for processing emotion especially fear; and the hippocampus, which is strongly linked to memory.  Both are in the limbic system, which is known as the reptilian brain,  and very often rules our logical and analytical brain, the frontal lobe.  This means that it is extremely important to gain control over feelings of anxiety, so that...
  5. Are you in a bullying relationship?

    Article by Dr Lynda Shaw  Playground bullying, work place bullying, cyber bullying and teenagers bullying their parents, there are many types of bullying, all of which are totally unacceptable.  This article however, is going to address relationship bullying, the type that goes on between an adult couple. It is important to note that bullies are both male and female.  It’s hard for a man to admit that his female partner is bullying him, but it happens as much as the other way round and is nothing to be ashamed of (unless you are the bully).  Equally we need to remember that a lot of bullying leaves no visible marks; verbal and emotional bullying happen behind closed doors and can be devastating. What is the psychological profile of a bullying...
  6. Conquering Your Fears over 50

    By Dr Lynda Shaw I feel sorry for fear, it gets some pretty bad press.  Fear is good.  It helps us survive.  It makes us careful when crossing the road, it makes us suspicious of a shady looking character and it stops us taking dangerous risks. But what happens when fear stops us progressing, developing or having fun?  This is when fear needs to be controlled and put back in its place. Of course, there are times when fear takes over our brain in a split second and control is impossible.  This is because fear is a chain reaction in the brain and takes two neural pathways that happen simultaneously.  One is known as the low road, this is incredibly fast and triggers our fight or flight response.  Basically a stress trigger...
  7. Care homes can be a positive experience says Dr Lynda Shaw

    Article by Dr Lynda Shaw Recent problems reported in the press about poor standards of care in care homes is causing families to overly worry about choosing care homes for their loved ones, according to age specialist and psychologist Dr Lynda Shaw. I believe the positives of entering a care home far outweigh rogue stories about the unacceptable and sometimes appalling care some unfortunate individuals have received in care homes. The horrors of the lack of care or poor standards by rogue care home workers are often isolated incidents that unfortunately happen in all aspects of our society. What is horrifying about them is that it is affecting some of the most vulnerable people in the country.  However, a degree of understanding that these are unique...
  8. Simple Tips for Staying Positive and Managing Stress over 50

    By Dr Lynda Shaw Life moves at break neck speed.  Many people work from the minute they wake to the minute they go to bed.  If it’s not family commitments, it’s work tasks and trying to keep up with social media.  All it takes is one extra little thing and we can feel totally overwhelmed.  A puncture, losing house keys or the dog vomiting on the floor can send us crouching in a corner rocking rhythmically sucking a thumb. A certain amount of stress is a good thing; it keeps us alert and the stress hormone norepinephrine is needed to create new memories.  But when it’s continuous like that ‘to do list’ that never gets done, it can really cause us harm. So what can we do...
  9. Male Menopause needs to be talked about

    Article by Dr Lynda Shaw There is a common misconception that male menopause is just a derogatory term used by women (colloquially sometimes called “man-opause) to explain irritable moods and lack of energy, but as a cognitive neuroscientist and ageing specialist I believe that it is an issue that many 40 to 60 year old men may suffer from and isn’t to be taken lightly. Women are not the only ones who suffer the effects of changing hormones. Doctors are noticing that men are reporting some of the same symptoms that women experience in menopause but it may not be as well defined. Men do experience a decline in the production of the male hormone testosterone with ageing.  Unlike menopause in women, when hormone production stops completely, testosterone decline...
  10. 7 Tips to keep your brain active and ward off brain ageing

    Article by Doctor Lynda Shaw It’s official, more and more of us are living longer. Affording us all those extra years to do so many wonderful things…  This is great news isn’t it?  We are in exciting times.  Technology will continue to move along at break neck speed opening up possibilities we can’t even imagine.   Our children, grandchildren and great grandchildren will teach us whole new ways of looking at things.  I’m even saving for my ticket to outer space! Ageing has never been more exciting, which means it’s vital we do all we can to stay well, so as to enjoy all these amazing opportunities.   So how do we keep our brain as healthy as possible?  There are 7 answers to this question and it’s a...
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