Coping with the January Blues
Some Kind Of 50
by somekindof50
3w ago
It’s the beginning of January – a whole new year! Welcome 2023! Actually, I always find this time of the year quite difficult. I’m sure I’m not alone. It’s a combination of the post Christmas low, the guilt following having eaten, drank, and spent to much in December, the dreary weather, the reality that summer is months away, payday is weeks away…. and all in all it feels like a really good time to be a hedgehog and go to sleep til March. So .. here are my 50 tips to try and blow out the January blues and feel good.. and I guarantee you don’t have to give up a thing! *Please note this is a l ..read more
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50 Ways To Cope With Christmas
Some Kind Of 50
by somekindof50
1M ago
Christmas! It is nearly here! It’s the season of goodwill, generosity and charity, traditionally spent with friends and family. Unfortunately, it is also the season for feuds, squabbles and full blown rows, debt, worry and intense pressure. Emotions can run high at this time of year and as the potential for anxiety and conflict grows, it often threatens to flare up and ruin those few precious days off.  So, how you can you survive the season… and more importantly enjoy it!! Here are my tips for a fabulous, memorable and relaxing Christmas… 1. Make sure that you have conversations with al ..read more
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Losing a Pet
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by somekindof50
3M ago
I love animals. I mean really love animals. I would have a houseful of everything from horses to hamsters if I could. As it is we only have 1 cat now, having recently lost Lili who we adopted when she was 2. Lili was 17 and a half and had recently started to go downhill quite rapidly. Eventually we made the decision that it was time to take her to the vet and put her to sleep. Prior to losing Lili, the last time I lost an animal was 2 years ago when Lili’s ‘brother’ Dennis had had to be put to sleep having reached 16. I had not forgotten just how hard it is. On both occasions, I was absolutely ..read more
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Coping with the October Blues and SAD ( Seasonal Affective Disorder)
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by somekindof50
3M ago
It is October already… and have to admit I struggle with this time of year.  Summer is over and I love the summer, but now the colder days are looming, the nights are getting longer and I am starting to feel a bit low.  I catch myself wondering if I have ‘made the most’ of the summer days, and start to feel anxious about the coming months, even though actually nothing has changed. For what seems like the hundredth autumn in a row, I fantasise about wintering far away, somewhere hot and sunny…but the reality is, just like everyone else else, I’m just going to have to cope wi ..read more
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Coping With Children Leaving Home and Going To University
Some Kind Of 50
by somekindof50
4M ago
I originally wrote this post four years ago. My children, (children? they are now 26 and 23!) have now left university, but every year around this time I am reminded of how difficult those first few weeks in September and October were. For me… not for them. Here follows the original post: This morning, my daughter is off to University. She has been with me here all summer and I’m trying really hard not to cry. I’m almost managing it. Almost. Three years ago this week, we took my son to university for the first time, and since that was my first experience of a child leaving home, that was a ve ..read more
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The Power of Positive Thinking
Some Kind Of 50
by somekindof50
5M ago
When I was about 20, someone memorably told me that if you change the way you think, you can change your life. I think that’s true. Positive thinking is not just about putting on a brave face and trying to look on the bright side, it is a different way of thinking, and influences how we cope with the ups and downs of everyday life. Positivity gives us motivation, power and a sense of control over our destiny, where negativity makes us feel powerless, overwhelmed and lacking in motivation and courage. Adopting positive thinking can allow us to be more optimistic and increase our sense of wellb ..read more
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50 Ways To Cope With Christmas
Some Kind Of 50
by somekindof50
6M ago
Christmas! It is nearly here! It’s the season of goodwill, generosity and charity, traditionally spent with friends and family. Unfortunately, it is also the season for feuds, squabbles and full blown rows, debt, worry and intense pressure. Emotions can run high at this time of year and as the potential for anxiety and conflict grows, it often threatens to flare up and ruin those few precious days off. So, how you can you survive the season… and more importantly enjoy it!! Here are my tips for a fabulous, memorable and relaxing Christmas… 1. Make sure that you have conversations with all your ..read more
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A Life Of Exercise
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by somekindof50
6M ago
One morning last week as I pulled on my trainers, I realised that I have been exercising for 36 years. Not non stop of course, (!) but at least 3 times a week. At school I was not interested in any kind of sport or exercise. I don’t know if they still do it now, but at school in PE in the 70’s and 80’s, children always picked teams. I was always picked last. I was the ‘not wanted’ one on the team and was expected to be rubbish. And rubbish I was, until, one particular day in my final year at junior school, when I found my feet in a rounders game – as backstop! My new found sports acumen didn ..read more
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How To Live More Sustainably?
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by somekindof50
6M ago
Our beautiful planet is in big trouble. Yes, I know, we can look out the window and see the sun shining, the birds flying, the flowers in bloom and convince ourselves that all is OK with the world, and the climate change crisis we all hear so much about is just media fed sensationalism. If only it was. Unfortunately, climate change is all too REAL and we are heading with lightening speed into a very frightening future if we don’t all take individual responsibility and start doing something about it NOW. It’s all too easy to hope that someone else will tackle and solve the problem, that someho ..read more
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Never Too Late To Start …YOGA
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by somekindof50
6M ago
It absolutely amazes me that a before 1 January 2020, I had no experience of yoga whatsoever. I’m not even sure what induced me to start, though I think it was a random New Years Resolution … but I’m so glad I did. The beginning was tough, I agree, working muscles I had never even used before it seemed, but it got easier as the weeks went by and I been practising 3 or 4 times a week ever since. If you are thinking of starting, I absolutely urge you to give it a go. I can quite honestly say for me, its been life changing. Firstly, in the most basic sense, it has cured my neck pain with which I ..read more
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