How Can We Age Happily?

Getting older is something we all worry about eventually. It comes around so quickly, we don’t even realise it’s happening until we see that cluster of grey appearing on our head. But although ageing is something that happens to us all, and is not something we can avoid, it doesn’t mean we have to accept it, or that we can’t give nature a little helping hand.

As women, we tend to worry about our looks at the best of times, but how can we age a little more happily when we start to see the signs on the outside?

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Keep up a healthy hair and skin routine

Keeping up a healthy and consistent beauty regime can make you feel better inside and out. Little things like drinking lots of water and staying away from harsh chemicals can all help slow down external ageing and keep hair, nails and skin all looking young and refreshed.

The stresses of everyday life can start to show as we get older, so it’s important to keep in mind that the inside is just as important as taking care of your outside.

Give Nature Some Help

We now live in times when botox, skin peels and fillers are no longer frowned upon, but are a natural part of a beauty regime for many women, helping with fine lines and the general appearance and quality of our skin. The same is true of some forms of cosmetic surgery like breast augmentation offered by absolute cosmetic

Breast augmentation is not just about making the breasts bigger, but also looks at the shape, whether the breasts are uneven, and also can correct sagging, a notable effect of ageing on the body.

Let Go Of The Little Things

One of the biggest things that gets us down is holding on to the small stresses in life. Learning to let go of the little things in life is something we learn as we get older, but the sooner we can embrace it, the quicker we can enjoy more of life.

Make a list of some of the smaller things you find yourself stressing about day to day, including laundry or the food shop. Once you’ve got your list down, take a look through and you will probably be surprised at how trivial some things seem out of the moment.

Get Rid Of The Comparison Bug

Comparing ourselves to others can bring us down, looking at others and thinking we should be the same as them can be a damaging habit to get into. Let go of those comparisons and start focusing on accepting yourself as you age gracefully.

In the survey conducted by Crown Clinic, it was found that 72% of women dread finding those first grey hairs. But is going grey something to worry about? 62% of women stated that grey hair made them look older and it was this that bothered them the most.

Having grey hair doesn’t have to be the killer of your confidence, remember that all of us go grey eventually and if you do start to go grey, embrace it. Don’t forget you can always dye your hair if it really gets you down, but au naturale is so much better.

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Vaping: Is It A Parental Concern?

Just a couple of years ago, a lot of parents including myself, didn’t know the first thing about the word “vaping”. The first Google search of mine, for the word, was enough to introduce me to the phenomena and its popularity amongst teens and various adult age groups. For people out there who still aren’t familiar with the trend maybe because of their lack of interest in smoking, vaping is claimed to be an alternative to smoking that is a lot safer, 95% safer than smoking to be more precise. Vapers (people who vape) use an electronic cigarette to inhale and exhale vapours similar to smoke, unlike the regular cigarette scenario.  E-cigs heat up the e-liquid to produce vapours that may or may not contain nicotine.

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Why is it so Popular?
A variety of e-cig types like e-pens, e-hookahs, and various types of mods introduced by the e-cig industry seem appealing to teenagers as something cool, high-tech/gadget-y and fun. E-cig marketing campaigns highlight vaping as a 95% safer alternative to smoking because vapers don’t have to deal with tar-filled tobacco and other dangerous ingredients present in regular cigarettes as well as also get to choose the amount of nicotine present in their e-liquids apparently ranging from 0mg (no-nicotine) to 24mg. Even the celebrities could be seen endorsing the act with their e-cig devices at the Golden Globe Awards.
Besides the act of making huge vapor clouds, the main feature that makes e-cigs popular among teenagers and various other age groups is the availability of e-liquids/e-juices in various playful flavors like custards, candies, fruits, cakes and the list goes on. There are more than 7,700 e-liquid flavors offered by various brands that are equally sold online as well.

What You as a Parent Can Do?
The main thing you can do as a parent is be informed, so that you can pass the correct information onto your child. Superior Vapour has produced the detailed infographic below, which gives you lots of facts and figures about current vaping information and trends, and this could be a useful starting point.

If you ever happen to find out that your teenage kid is vaping then it is important that you must handle the situation without losing your cool. If your kid is underage then tell him/her to wait until they’re of an age to legally purchase and use the product. This way, you will be able to avert them from vaping as long as you can and until they are old enough to make a wise decision. Kids these days still look up to their parents and listen to them, so if you handled the situation right, hopefully, you wouldn’t have to ask them a second time.

UK Vaping Stats InfographicCopyright Superior Vapour

Accessible Housing for All

Our homes are our palaces, we cherish them and decorate them to create our own perfect havens away from the rest of the world. These are the places where we feel safe, secure and comfortable. But what about if something happens to us, either for a moment in time, or more permanently, that makes our homes become a place of frustration, and even a danger to use? This is something that wheelchair users have to address all the time.

I have had times in my life when mobility was a problem. Straight after having Joe I was very ill, and needed a wheelchair to get around. I struggled with the most mudane things like getting around corners and through doors. I was lucky, this was a temporary setback for me, I was soon up and on my feet again. But for some people, this is what they face everyday. My family has a history of MS on both my maternal and paternal side, so I have seen aunties who have spent a great portion of their adult lives needing wheelchairs for mobility, homes that needed to install a stairlift to make life easier, so that they weren’t just confined to the lower levels, and bathrooms that needed to be converted into wet rooms in order to make them safe and usable. In short their houses had to be adapted to make them safe and accessible.

The idea that safer mobility in our homes is now only something we need to think of in terms of elderly relatives is now sadly outdated, the number of young adults who suffer with chronic pain is on the rise, and the stigma about talking about this is lessening, meaning more people are seeking the help they need to help them live independently. A Daily Mail report suggested that more than half of the adult population suffer with chronic pain, i.e. pain that lasts more than 3 months, with an NHS report echoing this, 1 in 6 of these people are in the 18-25 age group, which is quite a staggering figure, and this would, in the past, have made independent living very difficult for young people suffering, but wanting to branch out on their own.

But we can now at least adapt our homes to suit our needs and to give us a level of mobility that can also give a real quality of life. That can only be a good thing.