Mr and Mrs 50 Plus https://mrandmrs50plus.com Celebrating Being Over 50 Thu, 11 Apr 2019 13:41:46 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.1.1 https://mrandmrs50plus.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/cropped-favicon50plus-32x32.jpg Mr and Mrs 50 Plus https://mrandmrs50plus.com 32 32 4 Must-Do Activities For Americans Visiting London https://mrandmrs50plus.com/4-must-do-activities-for-americans-visiting-london/ https://mrandmrs50plus.com/4-must-do-activities-for-americans-visiting-london/#respond Thu, 11 Apr 2019 11:58:50 +0000 https://mrandmrs50plus.com/?p=43189 London is a great holiday destination for those seeking a change of scenery and plenty to do. It has a…

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London is a great holiday destination for those seeking a change of scenery and plenty to do. It has a unique and fascinating culture as we all know.  There are inexpensive, non-stop flights from cities all over the world, and – best of all – a trip to London can be tailored easily to whatever sort of experience you might be looking for. Whether you’re taking some time for yourself with a solo getaway, travelling as a couple, or even taking your grandchildren for a family vacation.  The list below should help you to find a few great things to start with as you set about planning an itinerary!

Watch The Changing Of The Guard At Buckingham Palace

This is probably one of the first things people think of when imagining a trip to London. Visiting Buckingham Palace can still feel surreal though, especially if you happen to catch a guard-changing ceremony. This happens a few times each week, and is accompanied by live musicians, making the experience all the more special (and perhaps particularly exciting for any grandkids you might have along!). If this interests you, be sure to check the official ceremony calendar  as you plan your visit. You should also be ready, however, to enjoy more than just this famous ceremony at Buckingham Palace. There’s certainly something to be said for simply getting a look at the place, for one thing. Additionally, if you travel to London during the summer or a few other select times, you may be able to take a tour of the State Rooms inside the Palace, which can be extraordinary. These comprise the portion of the palace where Queen Elizabeth II actually lives (part of the time), and where official business is still conducted

London Eye

See The Entire City From The Top Of The London Eye

This activity is fairly self-explanatory, but still a must-do! The London Eye isn’t your run-of-the-mill Ferris wheel – its cars are massive, transparent pods that many people can fit into at once, and the ride can be anything you’d like it to be. If you’re travelling with your family and looking to save a bit of money on these sorts of things, you can bundle your London Eye ticket with other fun activities like SEA LIFE London or Madame Tussauds, and stretch your money, so to speak. On the other hand, if you want a more upscale version of the London Eye experience (say, if you’re on a romantic getaway), you can also upgrade your fare to include wine and champagne tastings during the ride. Lastly, you might also consider trying to go at night. The lights of the London skyline are absolutely breathtaking from atop the Eye.

 

Shop & Snack In Camden Passage

While this isn’t one of the main attractions typically advertised in London, it is definitely worth your time. Camden Passage is a street in London that is not open to cars, making it a great place to window shop while sipping a coffee or eating a pastry from a local café. It is best known for its antique shops, which are great places to find unique gifts or souvenirs for your friends or family who aren’t lucky enough to be on holiday with you.  The street is also home to a few outdoor markets where local artists sell their products, giving you an opportunity not only to do some more shopping, but to interact with people other than tourists and really get to know the city!

Catch A Premier League Football Match

The UK is particularly well known for is its football clubs.  British soccer is way different from American football as you know. And it just so happens that London is home to several of the top teams in the Premier League – the sport’s top division. Chelsea and Arsenal in particular are renowned London clubs.  So, if your trip happens to be during the football season – August through May -try and catch a match! Even if you don’t necessarily root for one of the clubs playing, the excitement of the crowd will be truly contagious, making the match more than worthwhile. For that matter, you can also enjoy the football experience in town even if you don’t actually secure tickets. Many locals enjoy watching from pubs and betting on favourite teams, which they can do remotely rather than in seedy betting shops, thanks to  the availability of online platforms for football wagering. You might be shocked, in fact, how attached to a match you can become by placing even a small bet on it. If this isn’t your thing though, and you’re unable to attend a match, you can also look into taking a tour of Emirates Stadium or Stamford Bridge – the homes of Arsenal and Chelsea, respectively. Both stadiums are very much part of the city’s fabric.

Arsenal stadium

By no means do these four options show you everything there is to see in London.  Again, one of the things that’s wonderful about visiting is that London can be whatever you make it. However, we hope this will help anyone who’s considering a trip to the city to start forming a plan

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Dr James Brown from Channel 4’s Old People’s Home for 4 Year Olds, revealed how spending time with the grandchildren can improve grandparents’ health  …

We all know that grandparents love to spend quality time with their grandchildren.  However, did you know that it actually has a range of health benefits too?

New research* has revealed that 91% of grandparents felt younger and happier after spending time with their grandkids. Here’s what else the study found, and what it could mean for you…

Grandchildren Are Good For Mental Health

Grandchildren help to improve mental health in older adults

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Anybody who spends time around a happy child will feel happier, it’s infectious, and 56% of grandparents asked said that their mental health improved after spending time with their grandchildren. This could be for a number of reasons, such as reducing social isolation, building long-term relationships and enabling a sense of self-worth, all of which have a positive impact on depression and anxiety.

Grandkids Keep You Fit

Anyone with grandchildren will tell you that grandkids help to keep grandparents physically fit

The study also highlighted that 35% of grandparents reported improved physical health from spending time with children. James said: “Children encourage their grandparents to be more active and forget about their physical capabilities. It’s so easy for older adults to define themselves by their inabilities and disabilities. However, spending time with the grandchildren is the perfect opportunity for grandparents to remember just how much they can physically do.”

Grandchildren Can Slow Down Dementia

Spending time with children can help to slow down elements of age-related decline

Spending time with the grandchildren can kick start the process of improving mood, enhancing memory, bettering physical function and reducing loneliness in older adults. All of these benefits can help to slow down elements of age-related decline.

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Quality Time Is Hard to Find

Distance and busy schedules stop families spending quality time together

The research also found that unfortunately, in many cases, families live further apart than ever before.  And with busy lives it can be difficult for generations to connect. In fact, 40% of grandparents said they live too far away to see their grandkids.  Whilst 23% believe their family are too busy to spend time with them. Sadly, 51% of grandparents simply don’t get to see their grandchildren anywhere near as much as they’d like.  A further 14% confessing to hardly seeing them at all.

Family Holidays Are Good For Grandparents

A family holiday is a great way to improve memory function and spend more quality time together

As well as improving mood and increasing physical activity, a family holiday can also prompt nostalgic memories in older adults too.  This is fundamental to keeping the brain young and improving memory function. James explained: “Autobiographical memory contains the information you have about yourself.  For most grandparents, a UK holiday will trigger nostalgic thoughts like ‘I can remember coming here when I was younger’ or ‘I can remember caravan holidays like this when I was a child.’” Sadly though, research found that 60% percent of grandparents are not planning a multigenerational holiday in 2019, despite 78% being open to the possibility.

*Data acquired from Dr James Brown from Channel 4’s Old People’s Home for 4 Year Olds and a OnePoll survey of 2,000 grandparents and great-grandparents . The poll was commissioned by by Parkdean Resorts.

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What Is An Aphorism? – Tony’s Monday Moan https://mrandmrs50plus.com/what-is-an-aphorism-tonys-monday-moan/ https://mrandmrs50plus.com/what-is-an-aphorism-tonys-monday-moan/#respond Mon, 08 Apr 2019 11:08:55 +0000 https://mrandmrs50plus.com/?p=43163 What is an aphorism? In a world of transient soundbites and tweets, Tony shares some aphorisms that have stood the…

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What is an aphorism? In a world of transient soundbites and tweets, Tony shares some aphorisms that have stood the test of time!

Who is this?

Mason Cooley

a) The next Prime Minister of the dis-United Kingdom
b) No idea
c) Mason Cooley (died 25/7/2002)

Aphorisms

The American Professor Emeritus of World literature is acknowledged as one of the best-ever Aphorists. Here goes:

“Events are called inevitable only after they have occurred”

What is an aphorism? An aphorism is a concise, laconic and/or memorable expression of a general truth.

“Children now expect their parents to audition for approval!”

There are 158 Mason Cooley sayings on Google.

Creativity makes a leap then looks to see where it is

I will allow you one more:

“Money: power at its most liquid”

Ok, Moaners: here is a bonus aphorism …

“Promiscuity is like never reading past the first page. Monogamy is like reading the same book over and over”

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Political Quotes

Before I reveal my three favourite creators of great sayings here is a political effort:

Theresa May. Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
“We will leave the European Union on 29 March 2019”

In no particular order here is the first:

Winston Churchill
“If you are going through hell, keep going

I think Boris Johnson thinks he’s a reincarnated Winston Churchill
“In war you can only be killed once, but, in politics, many times”

And a final saying

“History will be kind to me for I intend to write it”

So What Does Zsa Zsa Gabor Say?

Zsa Zsa Gabor quotes

Ok, men moaners, here we go …

“I call everybody ‘Darling’ because I can’t remember their names”

And one for Moaning divorce lawyers …

“I am a marvellous housekeeper. Every time I leave a man, I keep his house”

And one more
“I never hate a man enough to give him his diamonds back”

And Albert Einstein?

Albert Einstein

My third choice is the great Albert Einstein
“The hardest thing to understand in life is income tax”
His human side …
“Only a life lived for other is a life worthwhile”
And …
“Information is not knowledge”

Dirty Quotes!

Some other lovely replies:
1. When in their heyday, The Beatles were due to be interviewed by a national newspaper and Paul McCartney was late. The journalist was cross and demanded to know where he was. John Lennon told him he was having a bath. The journo was further incensed:
Replied Lennon: “At least he’s clean.”

John Lennon quote

2. My Grandson Henry is coming this weekend. Now six and a half, he is maturing and we have some interesting conversations:
Q. Henry, what do you think of the Brexit negotiations?
A. Poo
Q. Henry, what is your favourite lesson at school?
A. Playtime

The final word(s) belong to our friend Mason Cooley:

“The laughter of the aphorism is sometimes triumphant but seldom carefree”

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7 Foolproof Ways To Fall Asleep & Stay Asleep When You’re 50 Plus! https://mrandmrs50plus.com/7-foolproof-ways-to-fall-asleep-stay-asleep-when-youre-50-plus/ https://mrandmrs50plus.com/7-foolproof-ways-to-fall-asleep-stay-asleep-when-youre-50-plus/#respond Fri, 05 Apr 2019 15:25:23 +0000 https://mrandmrs50plus.com/?p=43146 Below, Kim Jones, author of new book 222 Ways to Trick Yourself to Sleep shares tips and tricks on how to…

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Below, Kim Jones, author of new book 222 Ways to Trick Yourself to Sleep shares tips and tricks on how to fall asleep and sleep like a baby again …

Best Ways to Fall Asleep and Stay Asleep

DO THE DOUBLE-VOID

Getting older means we produce less of an antidiuretic hormone that stops the kidneys from making so much urine whilst we’re asleep. Result? More night-time trips to the loo – and disturbed zzzs of course. Minimise the issue by avoiding fluids two hours before bedtime. Then, when getting ready for bed, try the double-voiding technique. First, go to the toilet. Then brush your teeth, get undressed, and have a wash. When you’re about to get into bed (about ten minutes later), try to go to the loo again. The technique is used to treat overactive bladder, to ensure that it’s completely empty. And it could mean you get less annoying awakenings.

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LISTEN TO A BEDTIME STORY

Forget reading bedtime books to the kids or grandkids. It’s your turn to get eased to sleep with a story. Sign up to Audible, the online audiobook giant and choose something soothing to listen to (my book 222 Ways to Trick Yourself to Sleep is also available as an audiobook). Or try the popular ‘Calm’ app – it has a section of ‘sleep stories’ recorded for adults featuring the dulcet tones of familiar voices such as Stephen Fry. The ‘Sleepiest’ app (sleepiest.com) also has a bank of favourite tales to drift off to – including The Wizard of Oz, The Jungle Book and Sherlock Holmes…. Are you still with me?

GET AS MUCH DAYLIGHT AS YOU CAN

As we age, we produce less melatonin (the sleep hormone), which can mean we struggle to sleep through the night. To help your body produce more, then it’s important to get as much natural daylight as possible – especially early in the morning. This regulates your body’s circadian rhythm – helping your body clock stay in tune with the natural rhythms of day and night. So throw open the curtains as soon as you wake, get out for a walk if you can – and if you work all day, then try to sit by a window. One study showed that office workers who did just that, had better sleep than those who worked in an office with no windows.

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SAY NO TO SLEEPING PILLS

The side effects of some sleeping pills – next-day drowsiness, confusion, constipation and urinary retention – can be particularly serious for seniors. Opt for a natural sleeping aid instead. Try Bach Rescue Night® dropper, spray or liquid melts  – they blend the original calming RESCUE® formula with Bach™ Original Flower Remedy White Chestnut. (from £8.49, www.rescueremedy.co.uk) and won’t leave you with drowsy after-effects the following morning.

BE ANTI-SOCIAL-MEDIA

We really should know better at our age. But it seems it’s not just teens who let social media spoil their sleep. A study by bedmaker Silentnight found that 15% of 50-64 year olds admitted to waking up in the night to check their feeds! Research has shown that the blue light emitted from phones and tablets impedes the production of melatonin – so you’re not going to feel sleepy after staring at any screen. The solution is simple. Leave your phone and tablet out of the bedroom to avoid the temptation to turn them on if you wake.

HARRASSED BY HOT FLUSHES?

The hot flushes and night sweats of the menopause can really sabotage your sleep. ‘Guided imagery’ – imagining yourself somewhere chilly can help. The Clarity app features an InstaCool session which helpfully steers you into visualising yourself somewhere cold – jumping into snow or plunging into freezing water, for example. The theory is that what your mind can picture, your body can experience. And so you cool off.

STRETCH YOURSELF TO SLEEP

Try this nice, easy stretch while sitting on the edge of the bed to help loosen a tight neck and back and prepare you for sleep. Simply sit, then fold forward at the hips, letting your head and arms dangle gently, and placing your fingers lightly around your ankles to help anchor yourself. Feel the muscles in your neck, shoulders and back lengthen and ‘unknot’ themselves. Breathing slowly and deeply, stay like this for up to 60 seconds – if at any point, it feels uncomfortable, slowly rise out of the position. In yoga, any head-below-heart pose, or inversion, is thought to calm and relax the nervous system.

stretching to fall asleep

by Kim Jones

222 Ways to Trick Yourself to Sleep by Kim Jones is published by Piatkus and is available in Waterstones, good book shops and online. You can read Kim’s Beauty Features here too. For more information on Kim and her writing, visit kimjoneswrites.co.uk.

222 ways to trick yourself to sleep

 

 

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Natural Cures For A Sinus Infection https://mrandmrs50plus.com/natural-cures-for-a-sinus-infection/ https://mrandmrs50plus.com/natural-cures-for-a-sinus-infection/#respond Fri, 05 Apr 2019 14:43:43 +0000 https://mrandmrs50plus.com/?p=42795 Are you prone to sinus problems? Well below we have a few natural cures for a sinus infection … Are…

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Are you prone to sinus problems? Well below we have a few natural cures for a sinus infection …

Are you tired of popping pills for every bug or virus that invades your sinuses? Do you want to sing like a bird but your sinuses have other miserable plans for you? If your headache has gotten worse over the past few days and your sinuses are constantly congested then you need to try out these natural cures for a sinus infection. Read on to find out more about how to unclog the sinuses and breathe freely thanks to the power of turmeric, magnesium, mint, and more!

What Is A Sinus Infection?

Sinus infection or sinusitis or rhinosinusitis is the inflammation of the mucous membrane of the paranasal sinuses around the nasal space. It may occur due to a viral/bacterial infection, overexposure to allergens or may be due to a deviation in the nasal septum and nasal tumours. Approximately 8 million dollars get spent annually on treating sinus infections just in The States every year.

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Top Home Remedies & Cures For A Sinus Infection

Turmeric

Drinking a turmeric infusion is therapeutic for a sinus infection.
How to use?
Mix a teaspoon each of honey and turmeric with a glass of warm milk. Consume it on a daily basis to cure sinus infection.
Benefits
Turmeric possesses potent anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and antibiotic properties that fight against sinus infection and help to clear the mucus congestion. It contains curcumin which is an active compound that contributes to the alleviation of the swelling of the mucous membrane and aids in cleansing the air passage.

Mint

Peppermint is excellent for curing sinus infections.
How to use?
Add 2-3 drops of peppermint extract to a cup of water or tea and drink it twice daily.
Benefits
Peppermint contains menthol that helps to restrain the nerves that react to pain stimulus. Taking peppermint extract helps to cure sinus headaches and nasal congestion.

Cayenne Pepper

Treat the sinus infection with a cayenne concoction!

How to use?
Add a teaspoon of cayenne pepper to a cup of hot water and drink it twice daily.
Benefits
The hot flavor of cayenne pepper helps in draining out the sinuses. It boosts the immune system, improves circulation, and cures inflammation and swelling of the nasal cavity.

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Onions

A sinus infection can be tackled with onions.
How to use?
Boil a chopped onion and inhale its strong vapours. Drink the onion ‘tea’ to soothe your inflamed sinuses.
Benefits
Onions contain sulphur that helps to inhibit bacterial and fungal infection of the nasal cavity. It also helps to unclog the sinus cavity by the expulsion of mucus.

Magnesium

Beat your sinus infection with a magnesium supplement.
How to use?
Mix a magnesium supplement capsule with water and drink it on a regular basis to cure sinus infection.
Benefits
Magnesium helps in unclogging the sinus cavities by getting rid of the accumulated mucus. It also helps to cure headaches.

Garlic

A dash of raw garlic can cure sinus infection.
How to use?
Chop a few cloves of raw garlic and boil the pieces in water to inhale its pungent vapor.
Benefits
Garlic possesses potent antibiotic and anti-fungal properties which work to cure the fungal, bacterial and viral infection of the sinus cavity.

Horseradish

Horseradish is good for treating sinus infection.

How to use?
Suck on a teaspoon of fresh horseradish paste to cure sinus infection.
Benefits
Horseradish helps in the elimination of the excess mucus from the sinuses. It also contains a high amount of sulfur which makes it a powerful antibiotic.

Ginger

Ginger is excellent for getting rid of sinus infections.

ginger

How to use?
Drink ginger tea infused with lemon juice and honey to cure your sinus infection.
Benefits
Ginger possesses potent anti-inflammatory, antibiotic, and antiviral properties that cure sinus infection. It contains polyphenols that aid in the inhibition of mucus discharge and help in maintaining healthy ciliary motility.

Oregano Oil

Spicy oregano oil helps to cure sinus infection.
How to use?
Add two drops of oregano oil to a bowl of hot water and inhale the steam vapor.
Benefits
Oregano oil is rich in potent anti-inflammatory, antifungal, antibacterial, antiviral, immune-boosting, and antioxidant properties that work to heal sinus infection effectively.

Saltwater

Use salt water to help your sinus infection symptoms.
How to use?
Add a tablespoon of salt to a cup of warm water and gargle with it thrice daily.
Benefits
Salt water helps to expel the excess phlegm and destroy bacterial action in the throat and sinuses thereby curing sinus inflammation and infection.

Steam Therapy With Essential Oils

Inhaling steam is one of the primary remedies that you can try at home to relieve yourself from a horrible nasal congestion. Additionally, you can also add a few essential oils to relieve sinus.

How to use?
Take hot water in a bowl
Add any of the essential oils if needed
Take a towel and put your face near the steam and cover yourself
Maintain a safe distance and inhale the vapors
You can repeat it twice a day for best results
Benefits
The hot steam helps to melt the mucus congestion that blocks your nasal passage. It clears the way and helps you to breathe freely. An edition of peppermint and eucalyptus essential oil aids to fasten the process owing to their anti-inflammatory properties.

CAUTION!

Do not administer any of the natural cures for a sinus infection beyond the recommended dosage.
Consult a doctor if the pain and infection persist beyond a reasonable period.

Conclusion

Sinus infection is not just painful but dreadfully annoying. It can be stubborn and last for ages. But you can cure sinus infections without resorting to chemical medicines and drugs. Try some of the potent and effective natural remedies above to cure your sinus infection in no time.

By Dr Sohil Guntagani

Dr.Sohil is a health professional who has an undying love for writing and an immense need to empower people with knowledge about home remedies, natural cure, fitness, and power yoga. He practises what he preaches and writes for HowToCure.com .  In his free time, you can find him catching up with movies, walking and spending time with his dog.

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Travel Advice For Your Younger Self https://mrandmrs50plus.com/travel-advice-for-your-younger-self/ https://mrandmrs50plus.com/travel-advice-for-your-younger-self/#respond Tue, 26 Mar 2019 08:30:58 +0000 https://mrandmrs50plus.com/?p=41822 So what would you say to your younger self when it comes to travel advice? With over 72 million Brits…

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So what would you say to your younger self when it comes to travel advice?

With over 72 million Brits heading abroad in the past year, it’s no exaggeration to state travel is a huge part of our life.
While the travel bug may have truly took hold, there are some who still hold regrets. Alpharooms recently surveyed UK adults; 98% expressed regret and 37% wished they had travelled more. With such a regret over not travelling enough, here’s what some of you said you’d say to your younger self….

Age Shouldn’t Hold You Back

We often place limitations on ourselves; believing we should be following our peers and creating a certain path for our lives; whether that involves saving for a home, climbing the career ladder or even getting married. Travelling, often, takes a back foot when taking the ‘pragmatic’ approach. Yet, your choice to spend money on travelling is equally as valid.
You deserve to achieve your travelling dreams at any age and, as Carolynn Pearson, 54, says, “travel is the only thing that you can spend your money on that makes you richer.” Seeing the world opens new doors, helps you to meet people from around the globe and embrace different cultures.

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Get to Know Yourself

As Diane Von Furstenberg, 72, once said: “the most important relationship in your life is the relationship you have with yourself.”
Many people are still uncomfortable with their own company, which is why travel proves so important. Solo travelling forces you into situations you wouldn’t usually find yourself in – especially without someone else to rely on

You may find yourself meeting a group of strangers for food, or simply touring the city with just a map; but the experience will last you a lifetime and help navigate your future.
Karin Peeters, 40, firmly believes in the benefits of travelling solo: “We need to know what we really want and need to dare to change to find the right job or partner and feel truly happy.”

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Push your Boundaries

Pushing your boundaries is one thing that both men and women believe you should do – especially with more people taking the plunge to go solo travelling. Doing so allows you to explore the globe without any constraints or limitations or having to adjust your plans for someone else.

You never know what may come from pushing your boundaries: “I went to Paris at the age of 19 and didn’t realise at that time how vital it was going to be for my self-esteem. I went to have fun, to be inspired and to meet up with a holiday crush (which never worked out, by the way).”

Prioritise Safety

Travelling abroad alone requires you to be vigilant. One thing many people would say is to act on your gut feeling if you are feeling uncomfortable or something is wrong. Another idea is to log your travels and pass the log onto family and friends to keep them aware of your movements throughout your trip.
Carolyn Pearson, 54, suggest investing in pre-planning: “research the destination and make sure the accommodation is going to be secure. Think about taking a door jammer or wedge to secure your hotel door, and be mindful of drink spiking.”

Think of Travel as Therapy

One in six young adults will experience an anxiety condition in their life, and travel can often prove a great solution.
Ian Oliver, 43, credits travel with greatly improving his anxiety, despite his introverted nature: “I tend to travel solo and yet I’m quite an introvert and unassertive.”

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Socialise with Others

Travel helps to build friendships throughout the world. There’s very little that can connect two people as much as seeing new sights and experiencing new cultures.
Sarah Heidt, 50, said: “I am fifty years old now but started travelling abroad when I was 20. A younger me was a bit snooty about wanting to go it alone and figure things out on the fly. I didn’t know how much easier and how much fun group travel can be. I would advise to look into joining a group with a great guide because you learn so much sharing an experience with others – especially people you may not know well. It adds a different dimension to the trip.”

Don’t Plan TOO Much

Prior preparation helps to ensure there is a roof over your head during travelling and activities to enjoy, but over preparation can sometimes stop you from enjoying the unexpected.
“Do the research but do not over-plan. Be flexible to changing your plans and have the confidence to ditch the itinerary if you need to. I did eventually learn to embrace a more flexible way of planning but it took me a few weeks,” said Gemma Thompson, 39, a UK travel blogger.

And, lastly, say yes often. This is an adventure that you may never get to experience again; don’t go home with any regrets.

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The Chocolate Layer by Tony Drury https://mrandmrs50plus.com/the-chocolate-layer-by-tony-drury/ https://mrandmrs50plus.com/the-chocolate-layer-by-tony-drury/#respond Mon, 25 Mar 2019 09:29:02 +0000 https://mrandmrs50plus.com/?p=42909 This week Tony’s ruminating rather than moaning.  There’s a handful of police officers, a frisson or two, a knife crime…

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This week Tony’s ruminating rather than moaning.  There’s a handful of police officers, a frisson or two, a knife crime & some chocolate spread. Flummoxed?  Read on …….

This is a police crime story. A sort of Mr Moan meets Agatha Christie. But can you work out the surprise ending?

Pre-Arrest

My name is Detective Constable Horatio Hughes. Please stop sniggering. It’s a perfectly respectable Christian name. I bet you’re called Charles or William or Elizabeth or Elsie. There was Horatio (aka Horace), the Roman poet, the bloke in Hamlet (the Shakespearean play, not the cigar, dummy), Horatio Hornblower (fiction) and Horatio Nelson (lost it at the battle of Trafalgar, 1805). I was named after Horatio Caro because my father was stationed in Berlin and this chess master played there and my Dad loved his chess. This bloke created the Caro-Kann defence. Bored? Wait till I really get going.

My colleagues call me ‘Huggie’. Well, I think the dames like a bit of a cuddle. I invented the greatest chat-up line of all time. You sit by your target conquest and say, “I don’t want to talk to you’.” She, obviously, is hurt. Then you say, “I simply want to listen to you.” Works a treat. I’ve had to reform because of all this modern correctness stuff. No more feeling bottoms. Pity.

I’m a good copper. Never really wanted promotion. Ok. I knew you’d guess. I have failed the Promotion Boards four times and on each there was a woman. They’d eye me up and down and so I gave them the ‘Huggie’ look. I could tell that several of them were trapped in loveless marriages. My results record is up there with the best. I have done one thing that was smart. I recognised that policing was changing and I went with it. If the DCI wants a report in triplicate, he gets it. No moans from me.

The Crime

Night duty with PC Evie Mullins. We get on. Within twenty minutes of being in a patrol car together she told me that if I even thought a dirty thought, she would rearrange the anatomy in the lower part of my body. That was cool. She told me she loved her husband. That was hysterical.

Control came on. The news was bad. We were being called to a report of child abuse. Oh hell! Bank robbers with nuclear weapons, radicals with machine guns, drunks, drug dealers, no problem. Child abuse? In the old days I could take the bastard round the back of the house and whack him. Not now. I have to respect his human rights.

Arrival

Crap neighbourhood, wheels missing from parked cars, bicycle parts over front gardens, dustbins over-flowing with takeaway meals packaging, £2,000 television sets in every front room. I heard a scream. Decided to ignore it. We went to the house where the report had emanated. It was inevitable. He had been in the army and had been wounded (probably a broken finger-nail) and was living off benefits. She worked in the maternity department of the local hospital. I liked her. Life had delivered her a bad hand. Him!

Evie, boy, she really is gorgeous, wrote it all down. Their evidence was compelling as they repeated all that they had heard through the walls. We thanked them and I warned General Custer that he should forget any thoughts of dishing out retribution. “Leave the matter to us, Sir,” I said in my best policeman manner.

Entrance

Evie led the way probably because I pushed her ahead. Managed to feel some of her bulges: amazing. She banged on the door because there was no bell or knocker. “Open up, Police,” she yelled. I was impressed. Three shouts later the front door opened and a timid looking mother appeared. Evie charged in which was against the rules. We are supposed to be invited to enter. As I arrived in the hallway, Evie yelled, “Huggie, kitchen.” If she had offered me unlimited relationships I could not have reached it quicker. There was a girl of around three years old laughing and rubbing chocolate over her mouth and face.

I went into the lounge whereupon I came across man mountain.  Huge, drinking and potentially dangerous. I went back into the kitchen where Evie was sitting with the woman. She stood up and shook her head. “Nothing,” she said. “There’s no evidence to back up the neighbour’s claims.”

“Why don’t you two filth….” suggested Goliath. The rest was a bit rude.

child with chocolate spread on face

The Knife

Which is what we did. We sat in the car for perhaps ten minutes: Evie morphed into a thoughtful iceberg. “Huggie, we’re fools,” she announced. She jumped out of the vehicle and I followed, a little meekly. I am not kidding – she went through the door, up the stairs into the bedroom and yelled out in anger. The child was on the bed and the mother was photographing her. “She’d covered her bruising with chocolate,” yelled Evie. It was at this moment that I realised man mountain was coming up the stairs and had reached the landing. I did my best police manual audit to assess the danger and decided the vicious, curved knife he was thrusting towards my middle was the main danger point.

Evie was at my side and so I thrust out my hand and slammed her behind me. She put her arms around me: heaven. I now did my best ‘Get Carter’ impersonation where Michael Caine says to the Geordie thug, “you are very large and you are very unfit”. In truth I knew he had one chance. He blew it. The knife entered my side and grazed it. My fist did some serious damage and he fell backwards. I decided to jump down the stairs and land on top of him. The Police Complaints lot can make of that what they want.

The Result?

The system worked. The proper people arrived and the child was taken to hospital and into care. Then the two adults were arrested although one was having serious problems with several broken teeth. Evie was offered counselling: I loved her rather succinct reply. My Detective Inspector said I had used excessive force. My response has been editing to spare the feelings of the reading public.

I offered to take Evie home and she accepted. When she suggested we went the back road through the woods, for once, my amorous antennae were dimmed. My side was hurting (I don’t do A & E visits) and Evie heard me moan, very slightly. We stopped in a parking area, turned off the engine and she lifted my shirt. I was surprised at the amount of blood. Evie went to work and then I realised her hands were heading in another direction.

“My husband’s a wimp,” she whispered as she wrapped herself around me.


 

Solve it? Work out the ending? Of course, you didn’t. Mr Moan’s the winner.

As a matter of interest, I am informed by a former female police inspector that the police force(s) have problems with relationships between officers often caused by shared stress (try a motorway multiple crash) which manifests itself as sexual desire.

(Detective Constable Horatio Hughes is fine with that.)

 

 

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Kim’s Latest Beauty Must-Haves https://mrandmrs50plus.com/kims-latest-beauty-must-haves/ https://mrandmrs50plus.com/kims-latest-beauty-must-haves/#respond Mon, 25 Mar 2019 04:26:38 +0000 https://mrandmrs50plus.com/?p=41899 Beauty Editor Kim Jones recommends some of the loveliest latest beauty must-haves and launches … NIVEA CLAY FRESH DEEP CLEANSING…

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Beauty Editor Kim Jones recommends some of the loveliest latest beauty must-haves and launches …

NIVEA CLAY FRESH DEEP CLEANSING SHOWER

These new, affordable shower washes from skincare brand Nivea contain kaolin clay, which pulls impurities from your pores and exfoliates the skin, too. There are three varieties in the range – floral Hibiscus & White Sage, calming aromatic Blue Agave & Lavender and refreshing Ginger & Basil. Non-drying, they leave skin soft and scented. £2, nationwide

BALANCEME TRI-MOLECULAR HYALURONIC SERUM

Whilst much skincare with hyaluronic acid (HA) contains only one type of ‘heavy molecule’ HA, which can’t penetrate the skin, this hydrating powerhouse of a serum contains multiple weights of HA – which are said to get deep beneath the skin’s surface, helping to reduce fine lines. As an aside, its essential oils derived from flowers smell divine. £30, balanceme.co.uk

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NO7 HYDRALUMINOUS MOISTURISING FOUNDATION

Offering medium coverage, with a delicate blend of pearl powders that reflect the light, this new formula also contains an antioxidant complex that includes mulberry, ginseng and Vitamin E, which can help skin fight pollution. Vitamin C helps even out skin tone for the long term too. £15, Boots.com

DR ORGANIC MICELLAR CLEANSING WATERS

These smart no-mess cleansers are safe to use on the eyes as well as the face and do a thorough job of wiping away make-up and impurities without leaving your skin feeling taut or itchy afterwards. They come in two varieties. Choose from Aloe Vera for skin that’s prone to dryness or Manuka Honey water for sensitive skin. £5.99 from Holland & Barrett

VICHY CAPITAL SOLEIL BEACH PROTECT FRESH HYDRATING MILK, £19, AND ANTI-DEHYDRATION SPRAY

Vichy’s new Beach Protect range not only protects skin from the sun, it also helps combat dehydration and resist saly and chlorine damage (hello sea water and the swimming pool!). Comprised of a Fresh Hydrating Milk (lightweight and leaving definitely no white hue) and an Anti-Dehydration Spray with hyaluronic acid. Leaving no sticky mess – it’s suncare like it’s not there. We like!  £18.50, nationwide

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Techniques to Help Stop Worrying At Bedtime https://mrandmrs50plus.com/techniques-to-help-stop-worrying-at-bedtime/ https://mrandmrs50plus.com/techniques-to-help-stop-worrying-at-bedtime/#respond Thu, 21 Mar 2019 09:53:03 +0000 https://mrandmrs50plus.com/?p=41832 Below sleep expert and mental health nurse Jane Bozier tells us how to stop worrying at bedtime … Sleep is…

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Below sleep expert and mental health nurse Jane Bozier tells us how to stop worrying at bedtime …

Sleep is essential for your health and well-being. Getting the recommended amount of sleep every night has a positive effect on you, including heart health, weight and mood. I know when I don’t sleep well I feel more irritable and I worry more.

Worrying increases your stress and this in turn increases your worry.  S,o by the time you go to bed your worry can feel enormous and your stress levels are very high.

Stop Worrying At Bedtime

There are many things that you can do to help you to stop worrying before you go to bed.  The tips below will help you to get a better nights sleep.

  1. Don’t nap after 5pm.
  2. Exercise during the day at least 2 – 3 hours before you go to bed. Exercise not only uses some of your body’s energy, it can also help to distract your mind, release happy hormones into your body and bring your stress levels down. Reduced stress levels may help you to worry less.  Giving your mind a break from  worry can sometimes help you to get your focus and perspective back.  Is it really as bad as you think or have you “catastrophized?”
  3. Train your brain and busy your mind. As with exercise, busying your mind helps to distract it from your worries. Try a new hobby such as mindful colouring or knitting. Maybe have a go at a crossword, a word search or some Sudoku. Not only will you distract your mind from your worries, you will achieve and create which will release some happy hormones into your body, making you feel good.
  4. Write a list of worries as you go through your day and about 2 – 3 hours before you go to bed start to cross them off, perhaps write either, “I’m dealing with” or “I’ve dealt with” This can help you to get a sense of relief from your worries, letting them go, knowing that you are managing them. This can also help you to separate your worries from your bedtime routine.
  5. Have a pre-bedtime routine where you switch off your technology, do a little gentle yoga, meditate, perhaps have a warm bath and clean your teeth before you go to bed. Preparing both your mind and body to drift into a natural sleep.
  6. Create an environment that supports sleep. Declutter your bedroom, remove technology, think about the lighting, temperature and colours in your bedroom and keep the bedroom a place to sleep in. Develop a habit that says bed is for sleep. If you then find yourself worrying whilst in bed, get up, go into another room and do something to distract your mind until you are tired and then go back to bed.
  7. Focus on the positive – keep a gratitude diary. Spend a moment both morning and night reminding yourself of three things that you are grateful for that day. It doesn’t have to be grand, it can be a smile from a stranger, seeing your children, grandchildren, your pet(s), your friends, your colleagues. Remind yourself of the good things and smile every day.

Jane’s guided imagery exercises are featured in new sleep app, Rise which you can download from the App Store and Google Play.

 

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