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midlife, midlife health & wellness

Holistic Remedies for Sleep | Feel Your Best

Nearly all health practitioners agree that getting adequate quality sleep is critical to our general mental and physical wellness. But so many of us just can’t sleep. Either we don’t make our quality or quantity of sleep a priority, or regularly getting a good night’s sleep is a chronic struggle. How can we kick butt at living fully, feel our best, and being energized goal-getters if we are exhausted from a lack of sleep? Exactly! So…since it’s that time of year for my annual holistic health post and we are…

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midlife, midlife health & wellness, personal growth

Stop Feeling Guilty | Start Taking Care of Yourself

Stop feeling guilty and start taking care of yourself! We are indoctrinated to feel guilty when we take time for self-care. Pointing our attention to ourselves, can make us feel selfish and self-indulgent, even when it’s as brief as five minutes a day. We are socially trained to think and feel that taking time for ourselves – for the nourishment, care and growth of our mind, body and spirit – is selfish. Well, snap out of it, sister! It’s time to view self-care differently. After all, it is really just…

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midlife, midlife health & wellness, personal growth

The Case for Makeup and Bras

Do you think wearing makeup and a bra makes a woman less authentic? I have loved makeup since the first time my mother brought me to Woolworths at thirteen and let me buy a Bonne Bell gel blush and a powder blue Cover Girl eyeshadow. It felt like magic then and it still does. It makes me feel grown up and pulled together (much like wearing a bra, but without the discomfort). It’s a personal thing. And it’s absolutely not a judgement against women who prefer not to wear makeup (or…

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midlife, midlife health & wellness, personal growth

How to fuel your spirit with the right morning routine

About a year ago, after reading several inspiring personal growth and motivational books written by powerful, successful women, I established a spirit-fueling morning routine of my own. Just ten minutes, doing the things that seemed to help me feel grounded and grateful, calm and nourished, and focused on what I wanted to accomplish that day. A few moments of still and peace before the chaos of the day begins. I found it incredibly helpful and useful for pruning down my normal nearly two-hundred to-dos to fewer than ten tasks that…

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midlife, midlife health & wellness, personal growth

Breaking free from the heavy weight of guilt

Guilt, schmilt. Are you tired of carrying the heavy weight of guilt because you’re not able to do everything for everyone? By midlife, we’ve been making choices in our lives for decades. We have had to make decisions daily, even hourly, because we can’t be everywhere and everything to everyone – all at the same time. Noticing, understanding and shining light on our superfluous feelings of guilt can help us be more giving, compassionate people, and lead to living a more positive life. The choices we have made and continue…

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midlife, midlife health & wellness, personal growth

Unmet Expectations in Life: It’s Time to Climb Out from Under their Weight

Everyone wants to be happy, no doubt. Especially in midlife when we feel like our ducks should be lined up nicely in a row… On our way to an easier street. Kids mostly grown. Jobs relatively secure. Relationships rather solid. We would have expected to start coasting into a more peaceful, dare I say, cheerful, time in life. Which it could be, but we ruin it for ourselves with trouble-making expectations. Our expectations are killing us – squashing our joy. “Expectation is the root of all heartache.” – William Shakespeare…

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