I was never very good at managing strong, intimate friendships when growing up. I was the girl that popped into your life for short periods and promptly popped out the other side. Fickle Fee is what I was nicknamed. Later in life, I discovered not only the root cause of my behaviour, but the effect it had on others and went about making a concerted effort on the friendships and relationships that were important to me.
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Exercise with achievable goals is a great place to start for those of us, especially that feel a little behind on the achievement platform. Knowing I can comfortably run 5 km has had a far greater effect on my emotional health than I ever imagined. I feel a winner!
I care about my physical health, but I care even more about my cerebral health, and as I watch older folks battling with dementia, I am very aware how real the disease is. If I am going to live longer, I would like to put in the work to keep cognitive decline at bay.
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?
‘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.
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.
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