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  1. Self-care or selfish? – that is the question!

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    Article by Doreen Gowing Some years ago when I stopped to have a look at my life, it was about the same time as another relationship came to an end, work was plodding along, I watched too much telly and I was nearer to 50 than 40. I found the words, “Are you someone who is very good at looking after everyone else to the almost exclusion of yourself?”  jump out at me. Even though I didn’t see myself in this light at all, they somehow stuck in my brain, funny how that happens.  The more I thought about it the more I realised I was labelling myself selfish for being busy, busy, busy. I was into distraction and the bottom line was I wasn’t taking care...
  2. Adaptability : Never Grow Up!

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    Article by Max Mckeown. Where do you want to be by the time you’re 50? Or 60? In ten years ? Or twenty? Do you want the future to be exactly like your present situation? Do you want the future to be worse? Most people want to live well. Many of us want to live as well as possible. You wouldn’t be reading this article on this web site at this very moment in your life if you didn’t want more than survival. You want it all. And if you can’t have it all, then at least you want a future with fewer doubts, fewer regrets and more fulfilment. You want some of your fears to disappear, some of your dreams to come...
  3. The Power of Reinvention –Your ‘ABC’ to success. Introducing Debbie Arnold

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon Actress Debbie Arnold has had a successful career as an actress in TV, film and theatre, and has appeared in all of the major TV soaps in her 30 year career. But although having appeared to live a charmed life, Debbie herself has had periods  where she has lost sight of her own direction in life, and has fallen into depression and despair. She hit the ‘bottom of the barrell’ and had to find her own way out of a life which had left her feeling negative,unloved and defeated. Following an unsuccessful audition, Debbie was at an all time low, carrying much anger and angst. A friend loaned her a DVD ‘You can Heal Your Life’ by Louise Hay. Something at that...
  4. Mid Century Magic! It’s never too late to be great!

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    Article by TomButler-Bowden Many oak trees wait 50 years before, in a burst of creative power, they produce their first crop of hundreds of acorns. It’s the same for many people: nothing major happens for several decades, and then it all happens. We use the phrases ‘late starters’ and ‘late bloomers’ as if there was some problem or delay in a person’s flourishing, but surely this is a tautology. The point of ripening is that it happens when it does, and not before. Our fifties see us running on full speed! To use another analogy, if the forties are the decade in which people gather steam, the fifties see them on their full speed run. In this decade...
  5. Are you a Zippy Woman? Zestful, Inspirational, Proficient, Passionate, Youthful (in mind and outlook)

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    Article by Caroline Carr Are you a ZIPPY Woman?  You’re probably thoroughly ZIPPY already, or maybe your ZIPPY-ness has got a little lost somewhere for a while. Confidence plays a large part in ZIPPY-ness, and confidence can come and go. Sometimes it takes a real knock. Life events can leave you reeling –  for example, when something didn’t turn out as you expected or hoped. Maybe you have been made redundant –  yet you have so much to give and contribute, and years of experience behind you. Unwanted redundancy can be devastating for many women, and if this has happened to you, your confidence and ZIPPY-ness might well wobble for a while. And if you have been ill, or out of work – or just generally ‘out of the loop’ for a time, you...
  6. Become visible to yourself, so you are not invisible to others

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    Article by Irene Brankin I’d like you to consider the following questions – Are you feeling a confident and mature woman or middle-aged and miserable?  Feeling that life is flat, a bit dull and not as enjoyable as it once was? Aware that life is worth living to the full, but aren’t doing it? I wonder what your answers were and also if you’ve taken the time to reflect on those questions before. Become visible to yourself I’ve written a book in response to those questions and it is for women who’ve reached a stage in life where they’ve decided it’s time for them to become visible to others and more importantly to themselves.  For those who want to be able to stand in their own shoes and not those...
  7. Change your mind, change your mood. You CAN be happy!

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    Article by Professor Daniel Freeman & Jason Freeman Everyone wants to be happier and the great news is that scientific research suggests it really is possible to make lasting improvements to our mood. To achieve this, we need to harness the power of our mind, calming our negative thoughts and boosting our positive thoughts. Here are eight techniques to help you do just that. Write about your emotions Aim to write for twenty minutes three to four times each week. Don’t analyse your thoughts and feelings; simply describe them. Imagine you’re writing a report so that another person can understand exactly how you’ve been thinking and feeling. Amazing as it seems, you’ll discover that merely writing down your thoughts is enough to rob them of their power. Use worry periods Save up your worrying for a daily...
  8. Are You Ever the Martyr?

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    Article by Caroline Carr My elderly great Aunt Betty was an unusual character. An eclectic mixture of talent, fun, warmth and stoicism, she also had an ability for self-deprecation that matched no other. She was a concert pianist, and in her youth played piano accompaniment for the silent movies. Even in her eighties, she regularly trotted along to various care homes to “Play for the Old Folk.” Quite often she never got there though. She’d fall over in the street, pass out, and then catch the bus home whilst her head bled profusely under her wig. My granny worried about her. “Betty,” she’d say each time, “you should go to the doctor to get checked over.” “Oh NO dear. There’s no need. I wouldn’t want to be a nuisance....
  9. How certain are you of your success? Age with attitude: Attitude 8

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    Article by Lindsey Agness I  am Certain of My Success. What if you could be as certain about the future as you are about the past? To know for sure that the goals you have set for yourself will happen just as you have planned? The last myth of midlife is that it’s too late for you to change. This 8th and final Attitude challenges this by making you 100 per cent certain of the success that lies ahead of you.  If you are certain of your success, then it’s never too late, is it? Which of your goals would make the biggest difference to your life? Let’s re-visit the goals you set for yourself in relation to the first Attitude (“...
  10. Age with Attitude: I take time for me. Attitude 7

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    Article by Lindsey Agness One of the comments I hear most often from my midlife friends and clients is that they want more ‘time for me’. What does that really mean? It means time to ourselves, to do whatever we want without having to worry about anything else, such as money or family responsibilities. This might mean shopping, a day at a spa, lunch or dinner with friends, or just plain chilling out. As midlife women it can be challenging to extricate ourselves from the daily grind to really enjoy the moment. This Attitude is all about time. Do you embrace time as your friend or your enemy? Are you someone who often says, ‘I don’t have time for that’? If you are someone who experiences time...
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