Good Afternoon! Why am I wearing a sleep mask and headphones? Well, each afternoon at around 2 pm, I take a 20-minute power nap to recharge and finish the day strong. I've been doing this since I was 55, and it's really helped me do my self-care and be more productive. I use an excellent app called Pzizz which is available through the Apple App Store. What are you doing for your self-care?
Could you read the title of this article? No? Well, that's because I made it INVISIBLE, like women over 55 start to become. That's what started happening to me, especially after I hit 60.
I thought I was used to it until it happened to me recently in a small Zoom meeting when a new and obviously younger woman joined the group. I'm a long-time member of this group, and I noticed that when she interacted, she ignored me and any input I was trying to provide. I thought to myself, "not this, again," and became angry inside and stopped interacting. I hid it from the group and, after it was over, started thinking about my reaction and how I had handled it.
I thought deeper about what might have brought her to disrespect me. I realized she was afraid of engaging with me as she was clearly concerned about her looks and image, and the thought of growing older and looking that way was frightening for her.
I immediately understood it was not me, per se, and knew I had to figure out a way to make myself visible and not accept my invisibility. I've decided if this happens again, and it will, I will make myself visible by approaching the person, making eye contact, and asking them questions about themselves. This may not work with everyone, but that's not the point. The point is to make MYSELF visible and not wait for anyone else to do it for me!
Have you ever felt "invisible"? What is your strategy for combating it? I'd love to hear from you!
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If each of us knew how much time we had allocated,
perhaps we could play around with it.
Believing tomorrow to be a guarantee,
is the biggest mistake we make.
Not seizing every day like the gift that it is,
is the biggest risk we take.
Waste time wisely my friend.
Time spent in rest, joy, company and kindness,
is never wasted.
As for the rest, just do it.
You won’t regret the things you tried and failed at,
but you will regret a life spent waiting.
Waiting for anything is a dangerous game because there is no guarantee the conditions will ever be just right.
Those who wait, wait..
you have a life to live.
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We'll begin by identifying your limiting beliefs about aging, move on to create your own model of health and wellness, discover your body's wisdom, develop resiliency if you have physical limitations, and much more.
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