I’ve been thinking a lot recently about how few satisfactory role models there are for us as we get older. A quick look around internet images shows gnarled hands, pain and loneliness or impossibly beautiful people, who are backed up by personal trainers, chefs, stylists, make up artists etc. No wonder a lot of people are apprehensive about getting older. For many people this anxiety starts in their forties or early fifties. Older people feel it’s normal to be tired all the time, to take a combination of drugs, to put on weight and to feel depressed. So, I decided to start Upliness to fill these gaps and to tell other stories. Upliness is a membership site, so you pay a small monthly fee to get amazing interviews and special content. A central part of Upliness is recorded interviews with experts and “ordinary people”. There’s lots of information on the net, but the expert interviews are with highly intelligent, qualified people talking about some aspect of healthy happy ageing in a way you can relate …
The aim of mindfulness training is not to spend 15 minutes in the present, or concentrating on your breathing or with a blank mind or in some altered state. It’s much easier than that.
Alcohol has the power to make us feel good. It also has the power to make us feel bad, very very bad. Let’s look at the long term effects of heavy drinking on our physical and mental health.
We are offered many solutions to problems with our physical and mental health, inclding pills and therapy, but spending time in nature is a simple option which research shows really benefits both our physical and mental health. It doesn’t cost a lot or have side effects!
How many of us have made great schemes only to see them founder? It can feel good to plan sweeping changes, but often the glow of satisfaction is short-lived, as our well-intentioned plans just don’t get carried out.
Many people avoid artificial colours in their foods, but don’t think about the colours in cosmetics and personal care products. Government agencies around the world see themselves as relying on scientific evidence. Yet few government agencies will acknowledge that not everyone agrees about which colours are safe.
Aromatherapy is great for stress and some ailments, but how does it work and what happens in a session? Are aromatherapy oils different from essential oils? Get clear answers to your questions.
It can be difficult to stay calm and grounded. Here are suggestions how to do it that don’t cost a lot. You don’t have to buy equipment or invest in anything except yourself.
We are urged to persist in order to achieve what we want. Don’t give up. Success could just be around the corner: Winston S. Churchill: “Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” Roy T. Bennett wrote in The Light in the Heart: “Do not fear failure but rather fear not trying.” Colin Powell: “Success is the result of perfection, hard work, learning from failure, loyalty, and persistence.” Elbert Hubbard: “There is no failure except in no longer trying.” Louis Pasteur: “Let me tell you the secret that has led me to my goal: my strength lies solely in my tenacity” These are just a few of the many quotes you can find on the internet extolling the virtue of persistence and continuing in the face of failure. You must continue, of course, because it will lead to success. But is this really true? Persistence is a very useful quality to possess, but it can be counter-productive sometimes. It’s important to be able to distinguish between when persistence is a positive …
When I look back at all my attempts to give up, I can see that I didn’t have everything in place to make it work. Once I had that, it became much easier. Smoking one more cigarette can be part of that process.