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Top 6 Tips to Look Younger in Your Middle Years

Top 6 Tips to Look Younger in Your Middle Years

When I was in my 20’s I was a theater nurse. You would be amazed at the conversations that would take place while you, the patient, was asleep. Nothing seemed off limits, albeit I did not have to listen to topics that are commonly discussed on television programs such as Grey’s Anatomy but nevertheless discussions would be lively.

What did amaze me back in my younger years was the way older women would discuss their tips on how to not only look younger but feel younger. Just because they had reached middle age did not mean that they were ready to be relegated to the Blue-Rinse Club quite yet.

Now that I find myself reaching the middle years I wish I had this lively group of women around me to keep me young and share in their laughter. I may find myself thankful to be tucked away in my comfy bed at 10.30pm as opposed to 3am after a night out dancing but I am not quite ready to surrender myself to the ageing process completely just yet.

If you are like me and suddenly realized that you are now in your middle years here are 6 top tips to help you look, AND FEEL, younger in your middle years.

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1. Take a good look at your diet

For many women in their middle years, this will be coupled with the start of menopause and with menopause comes hot flushes and night sweats which can leave a woman feeling tired and exhausted which is one sure way of speeding up the ageing process.

Also, when you were younger you may have found you were able to eat what you felt like without any weight gain, but now that you are in your middle years, you are gaining more weight than ever before.

Simple foods are usually tolerated better such as salads and fresh fruits as opposed to starchy processed carbohydrates.

2. Maintaining a healthy sex life

Nothing beats looking younger in your middle years than a healthy sex life. Some women find their libido decreasing to the point of being non-existent.

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If you are experiencing a diminished sex drive now is the time to slow down, take time out to meditate and rest, get regular exercise, and improve nutrition by eating a diet rich in plant-based whole foods.

3. Stay Hydrated and Drink Cucumber Water

Staying hydrated will help your skin stay supple and smooth. Add another twist by adding in cucumbers to your water intake means you’re getting extra nutrients that helps even more. Cucumbers contain silica, which provides extra benefits to the skin.

4. Apply Sunscreen

Applying sunscreen is very important in protecting against melanomas, but it can also slow down the ageing process. An Australian scientific study has discovered that people who regularly apply sunscreen have 24 per cent less skin ageing than people who only use sunscreen occasionally.

The study, which was published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, looked at  900 people under 55 and discovered those regularly using sunscreens were less likely to have increased skin ageing after 4.5 years, even those in middle age.

5. Start the Day With A Green Smoothie

I love to start my day with a green smoothie.

Looking younger on the outside starts on the inside and with all your hormones burning out of control, having a green smoothie every day is one of the best remedies to decrease the heat and banish the hot flushes.

You will notice a visible difference in your skin and eyes. Here is an article I wrote expanding on the benefits of green smoothies as well as a simple, tasty recipe.

6. Stay Positive and Smile

Do you suffer from what is referred to as Marionette lines? Marionette lines are the pronounced crease that runs from the corners of the mouth to down along the chin.

As collagen in the face decreases with age, skin tends to crease and fold around the mouth. While not everyone experiences marionette lines, they can be quite bothersome for those who do as they can give the face an unhappy expression.

Genetics do play a role in the development of these lines, but there are some factors that can exacerbate the situation such as too much sun exposure, smoking and poor diet.

My top tip is to make sure to exercise your mouth every day and take note of how you may be “over relaxing” with a downward smile. Have a look at your mouth right now as you are reading this article. Turn your smile up and exercise your facial muscles and that way you can limit the downward slippery slope of Marionette lines!

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Last Updated on November 19, 2019

20 Time Management Tips to Super Boost Your Productivity

20 Time Management Tips to Super Boost Your Productivity

Are you usually punctual or late? Do you finish things within the time you stipulate? Do you hand in your reports/work on time? Are you able to accomplish what you want to do before deadlines? Are you a good time manager?

If your answer is “no” to any of the questions above, that means you’re not managing your time as well as you want. Here are 20 time management tips to help you manage time better:

1. Create a Daily Plan

Plan your day before it unfolds. Do it in the morning or even better, the night before you sleep. The plan gives you a good overview of how the day will pan out. That way, you don’t get caught off guard. Your job for the day is to stick to the plan as best as possible.

2. Peg a Time Limit to Each Task

Be clear that you need to finish X task by 10am, Y task by 3pm, and Z item by 5:30pm. This prevents your work from dragging on and eating into time reserved for other activities.

3. Use a Calendar

Having a calendar is the most fundamental step to managing your daily activities. If you use outlook or lotus notes, calendar come as part of your mailing software.

I use it. It’s even better if you can sync your calendar to your mobile phone and other hardwares you use – that way, you can access your schedule no matter where you are. Here’re the 10 Best Calendar Apps to Stay on Track .

Find out more tips about how to use calendar for better time management here: How to Use a Calendar to Create Time and Space

4. Use an Organizer

An organizer helps you to be on top of everything in your life. It’s your central tool to organize information, to-do lists, projects, and other miscellaneous items.

These Top 15 Time Management Apps and Tools can help you organize better, pick one that fits your needs.

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5. Know Your Deadlines

When do you need to finish your tasks? Mark the deadlines out clearly in your calendar and organizer so you know when you need to finish them.

But make sure you don’t make these 10 Common Mistakes When Setting Deadlines.

6. Learn to Say “No”

Don’t take on more than you can handle. For the distractions that come in when you’re doing other things, give a firm no. Or defer it to a later period.

Leo Babauta, the founder of Zen Habits has some great insights on how to say no: The Gentle Art of Saying No

7. Target to Be Early

When you target to be on time, you’ll either be on time or late. Most of the times you’ll be late. However, if you target to be early, you’ll most likely be on time.

For appointments, strive to be early. For your deadlines, submit them earlier than required.

Learn from these tips about how to prepare yourself to be early, instead of just in time.

8. Time Box Your Activities

This means restricting your work to X amount of time. Why time boxing is good for you? Here’re 10 reasons why you should start time-boxing.

You can also read more about how to do time boxing here: #5 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity.

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9. Have a Clock Visibly Placed Before You

Sometimes we are so engrossed in our work that we lose track of time. Having a huge clock in front of you will keep you aware of the time at the moment.

10. Set Reminders 15 Minutes Before

Most calendars have a reminder function. If you have an important meeting to attend, set that alarm 15 minutes before.

You can learn more about how reminders help you remember everything in this article: The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder That Works)

11. Focus

Are you multi-tasking so much that you’re just not getting anything done? If so, focus on just one key task at one time. Multitasking is bad for you.

Close off all the applications you aren’t using. Close off the tabs in your browser that are taking away your attention. Focus solely on what you’re doing. You’ll be more efficient that way.

Lifehack’s CEO has written a definitive guide on how to focus, learn the tips: How to Focus and Maximize Your Productivity (the Definitive Guide)

12. Block out Distractions

What’s distracting you in your work? Instant messages? Phone ringing? Text messages popping in?

I hardly ever use chat nowadays. The only times when I log on is when I’m not intending to do any work. Otherwise it gets very distracting.

When I’m doing important work, I also switch off my phone. Calls during this time are recorded and I contact them afterward if it’s something important. This helps me concentrate better.

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Find more tips on how to minimize distractions to achieve more in How to Minimize Distraction to Get Things Done

13. Track Your Time Spent

When you start to track your time, you’re more aware of how you spend your time. For example, you can set a simple countdown timer to make sure that you finish a task within a period of time, say 30 minutes or 1 hour. The time pressure can push you to stay focused and work more efficiently.

You can find more time tracking apps here and pick one that works for you.

14. Don’t Fuss About Unimportant Details

You’re never get everything done in exactly the way you want. Trying to do so is being ineffective.

Trying to be perfect does you more harm than good, learn here about how perfectionism kills your productivity and how to ditch the perfectionism mindset.

15. Prioritize

Since you can’t do everything, learn to prioritize the important and let go of the rest.

Apply the 80/20 principle which is a key principle in prioritization. You can also take up this technique to prioritize everything on your plate: How to Prioritize Right in 10 Minutes and Work 10X Faster

16. Delegate

If there are things that can be better done by others or things that are not so important, consider delegating. This takes a load off and you can focus on the important tasks.

When you delegate some of your work, you free up your time and achieve more. Learn about how to effectively delegate works in this guide: How to Delegate Work (the Definitive Guide for Successful Leaders)

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17. Batch Similar Tasks Together

For related work, batch them together.

For example, my work can be categorized into these core groups:

  1. writing (articles, my upcoming book)
  2. coaching
  3. workshop development
  4. business development
  5. administrative

I batch all the related tasks together so there’s synergy. If I need to make calls, I allocate a time slot to make all my calls. It really streamlines the process.

18. Eliminate Your Time Wasters

What takes your time away your work? Facebook? Twitter? Email checking? Stop checking them so often.

One thing you can do is make it hard to check them – remove them from your browser quick links / bookmarks and stuff them in a hard to access bookmarks folder. Replace your browser bookmarks with important work-related sites.

While you’ll still checking FB/Twitter no doubt, you’ll find it’s a lower frequency than before.

19. Cut off When You Need To

The number one reason why things overrun is because you don’t cut off when you have to.

Don’t be afraid to intercept in meetings or draw a line to cut-off. Otherwise, there’s never going to be an end and you’ll just eat into the time for later.

20. Leave Buffer Time In-Between

Don’t pack everything closely together. Leave a 5-10 minute buffer time in between each tasks. This helps you wrap up the previous task and start off on the next one.

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