A self-care plan is the best way to ensure that you weave together the health of an active body, agile mind, and resilient spirit.
A woman’s body undergoes many changes with aging, as do the outer circumstances of our lives.
Because menopause is the root cause of many of the changes a woman experiences later in life, a good starting place for your self-care plan may be learing about this important physical change and the effects it can have.
There are many excellent web sites with medical information, and some with information that is not so good.
Find a good physician who can guide you through the process.
Find out how older women in your family were affected, if you don't already know. You may inherit some of their propensities.
Sometime the boost you need is limited or seasonal. For example,Janet Sansouci has some tips for how to write out the simplest of self-care plans for a summer pick-me up.
It's a good idea to take good care of yourself during any busy holiday season, too.
Have you ever tried egg-white facials and cucumber eye masks to reduce shadows?
An egg-white mask always makes my skin feel so smooth and tight. It's like a mini-facelift at a fraction of the cost. Even in today's era of high prices, how much does an egg cost?
I believe natural ingredients are a wonderful source of for home remedies for everything from acne to wrinkles.
Create a spa day in your home as part of your self-care-plan.
A Natural Alternative Soaps and Toiletries are as close to making them yourself as you can get. My niece, Hedge, makes them out of high-quality natural ingredients. Not a single product has come out of a machine. I used to be able to give links but too many outgoing links are now penalized by some search engines.
For a very special self-care treat, you can have Ahava products -- Jerusalem's favorite beauty products delivered directly to your home. Go to jerusalem-insiders-guide.com to learn more about this faculous natural product.
Made with healing Dead Sea salts and minerals, these creams and ointments use soothing natural remedies that have been loved for thousands of years.
Another fabulous natural product with many health-giving and replenishing properties is honey. Health Benefits of Honey (dot.com) says honey is a natural way to lessen some symptoms of menopause. This site is an encyclopedia about everything-you-ever-wanted-to-know about honey and more.
If you are convinced the only way to look youthful is to dye your hair and wear it short, please take time to visit Ronni Bennett's Time Goes By column on this topic.
You may be inspired by Elazar Harel's photo gallery of women with long gray, white, and silver hair. I was ready to get a year's growth cropped short until I saw the comments on this page.
When I was 16, I promised myself I would be a woman who exercised until I was 80.
Swimming was the first to go, as shoulder degeneration from arthritis made this sport -- supposedly one of the easiest on the body -- painful.
After a sequence of late-life losses, I barely had energy to wake up and go to work.
Now after a layoff of more years than I'd like to admit, I'm trying to walk more. A step-counting pedometer is my friend. There is nothing like seeing how far I am from the 10,000 steps needed for good health to motivate me.
Walking is a fabulous way to explore the world around you and get fit.
I also like yoga. I don't now how an exercise can simultaneously be good for both my body and soul, but this one is based on thousands of years of practice.
If you are caught in the crunch generation, taking care of children and aging parents, time may be the most precious gift you can give yourself.
Take an afternoon to go to the movies or a weekend at a prayer retreat, fly fishing, or campaing.
Or just steal an hour to enjoy some restful music. Here's where you can get Royalty Free Meditation Music.
This is a terrific and guilt-free way to set the mood for yoga, a nice soak in the tub, meditation, or relaxing after a long day.
Don't let stress take over your life. Stroke, heart disease, and diabetes can result when stress takes a toll on your body.
Inner exploration, creativity, and brain fitness also is an important part of any self-care plan. I hope you'll visit the Jungian archetypes pages on this site.
Starting with Clarissa Pinkola Estes Women Who Run with the Wolves, this path has been an important part of my life journey.
Self-care also includes financial planning for our elder years.
Some of us have been through several recessions; we are part of a generation that cannot expect to improve on the living standard of our parents. This is a sharp change from the generations before us.
Some of us also have faced forced retirement or unemployment during the current financial shake-out.
Do consider turning your hobby, special interest, or passion into your post-retirement income by building a website. Let SiteSell show you how with its complete affiliate business internet marketing program that is geared to helping beginnings like me get started.
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