Second Half Blog
In an attempt to build up some strength, physically and mentally I am constantly looking into ways to lay down a stronger foundation for my second half. These articles are a reflection of my learnings and discoveries made from trying various new exercises, ways of thinking and trends. Some I have loved and some I won’t be doing again. Join me on my journey, I hope you can take away some tips, find some observations enriching-maybe even enlightening(?)… But hopefully at least entertaining.
Five years ago, I arrived in London. Fresh off the boat, I rented an apartment in Victoria and met up with my cousin, a seasoned Londoner living in Notting Hill, within my first week. She knew all you needed to know about surviving in the city as a single female in her early forties.
As I watch my parents and their friends not only grow older but live longer, I cannot help but feel that I need to be doing more for my brain health. According to Dementia Care Central, other than diet, exercise and socialising, mental exercises are key. But what can I do at 48 to exercise my brain? I can barely remember what I ate for dinner last night! Am I now expected to study a new language or take up chess?
As a young, eager to impress, marketing executive in my early twenties, I recall my surprise when a senior manager announced he has never worked on a Sunday and never intends to.
A few years ago, a video showing the sitting-rising test went viral. The test, devised by Brazilian physician Dr Claudio Gil Araújo, predicts mortality in middle-aged to older people.
We all watched the video and got chatting. ‘What the heck, let’s give it a try!’
‘My tongue?’ I queried, ‘I was just hoping to get a knot taken out of my shoulder.’ She nodded as if expecting my hesitation and then reiterated the request. I gently pointed my tongue out with every bit of my body language saying, ‘You did say tongue, right?’ She asked for it to be pointed right out and bent down. I swallowed, thought about any remanence of coffee, and showed them my tongue. The old lady shook her head in disappointment, also denoting a lack of surprise.
Apart from enjoying great tastes and varieties, I want food to work for me, particularly, as I am getting older. The below ten items are always in my weekly shopping basket, and they are included in recipes throughout my days.
I sadly only got to experience later in life how enthralling, consuming and insightful a great book can be. Doctors and specialists repeatedly highlight the importance of reading to prevent the onset of dementia and similar diseases. I am a big fan of Jim Kwik, so I decided to follow his reading tips.
My sleep troubles began in my early thirties. In my 40s, I realised the severity of my sleep disorder. I found myself crying at unexpected times, until finally, I hit rock bottom and had to make a change. Here is what I learnt.