DO WE NEED TO RELAX?

Let me first introduce myself to all of you. As a 65 year old lady, still holding on to the zest for life and a huge bucket list of many things to do and accomplish. In India, old age is an ugly word. It is so due to many reasons. Primary reason being told that “Now that you are 60…. it is time to hang your boots and chill doing nothing”. How often one has heard….. “you need to relax”…….

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AGE AND AGELESSNESS

Age is a fact and certainly it’s a number that keeps increasing. How you feel about the number, though, depends on how content you are in life, and how much you love what you are doing. I started my journey as a teacher in a reputed school in Bangalore when I was 27; today, I am around 60. I have always taught 4 – 5 year olds. The age difference between my students and me has been increasing every year,

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AGEING GRACEFULLY

As children, all of us love our birthdays. It was a time of receiving loads of gifts from parents, grandparents, uncles, aunts, friends. It was a day when we looked forward to wearing new clothes [feeling one up when other sibling were in their usual attire], taking chocolates to school wearing ‘coloured clothes’ to an otherwise, dull uniforms. Your favourite food was prepared. As a child, you always started counting those three sixty five days or probably 366 days, as

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ACT YOUR AGE?

Ageism..what exactly is it? It’s discriminating, stereotyping and being prejudiced against a person based on his/her age! How often have we heard or said? “Oh my God! He is so active, EVEN AT THIS AGE?” “She wears bright colours despite being 60?” “That old man should now concentrate on pooja path rather than watching English movies.” This stereotyping is more in our country where people after a certain age are “supposed” to behave in a certain manner. Why? One does

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THE MYTH ABOUT AGEISM

Age unfortunately silos and fixes an expiry date for our Do’s and Don’ts (more importantly, the moment one hits half a century)! Life is too short and too sweet to let go off it with regrets. So, let’s live it to the fullest!! Self: The influence of the mind over the body has a major influence on the ageing process. The intimacy of the mind and the body can be compared to the power dynamics in any relationship. The body

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HEALTH HACKS!

Life is so busy, packed with chores, to-do lists and more. In the busyness of fulfilling your outside tasks, are you doing enough for what happens within? When there’s so much planning going into everything else needed for your life to function, are you doing the same for your heath which drives it all? Hacks are important. They are quick, simple, easy to remember and become an everyday part of your life. Now you may wonder why I’m calling all

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10 CRITICAL SCREENING TESTS FOR WOMEN

Healthy habits are good for us. They help keep track of where we are at, how we are faring and generally keep us sane. Regular exercise, timely food, proper sleep and stress management are just some good habits every woman must make a part of her daily life. Besides the more obvious checks, one habit we often tend to ignore or take lightly is – routine health checkup or screenings.   Scheduled routine health checkups done frequently – annually or

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INTERNATIONAL YOGA DAY!

On this International Yoga Day, I am fully charged to do my complete set of Yoga asanas in the club house of my residential complex along with other yoga enthusiasts. But I must admit –I haven’t always been this excited about doing Yoga. This past year or so however, has been different. My first ever serious orientation towards Yoga was immediately after I got married. My mother in law was an ardent yoga instructor and had been teaching yoga for

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WOMEN, TAKE CARE OF YOURSELVES!

As a woman who was brought up in a traditional home, I have seen and come across many women in my family who never found time for themselves. They woke up at sun rise, worked hard continuously through the day and never stopped until the very end. Things like vacations, weekends, spas, medical check ups and parties never crossed their minds! When I was going school, I saw mother working round the clock at home and also at her office.I

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WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE HEALTHY?

I remember I was very young, when I realized that I was too thin for a growing teen. There were frequent questions on whether I ate enough, whether I was active enough, given unsolicited advice by people on how to put on weight.   If you’re hearing of ‘fat shaming’ today, there were a bunch of us who’ve been or are even now ’skinny shamed’. Most of the advise was well meaning, with good intent but unwelcome nevertheless.   Given

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