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Stop Acting Your Age

Occasional fashion disasters notwithstanding, we take pride in our originality. Nonetheless, we find that an old adage still rings true once in a while, and “you’re only as old as you think you are” is a phrase we find ourselves throwing around on a daily basis. Our bodies and minds are on a feedback loop—if you give in to feeling old then your body is quickly going to follow suit. But if you adopt the “50 is the new 40” (even better, 30!) way of thinking, then you’re likely to find your physique complying.

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Topics: aging, Mind & Body, Maintaining the Spark, health

Menopause 101: Your Guide to Owning Your Post-Menopausal Sex Life

 Embrace Your Changing Body

When you hit menopause, it can seem like you're living in a stranger's body. New sensations, new challenges, new feelings and new realities can take hold. Because of this, many women view menopause as a frightening experience.

Our culture is one of the main culprits in this negativity, often touting menopause as the end of a woman's “enjoyable” life as she’s known it—the point when her sex drive, beauty, capability and health all take a nose dive. When messages like this are so pervasive in popular culture and media, it's not surprising that many women who are nearing or experiencing menopause feel bad about their bodies and their relationships.

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Topics: sex, aging, Mind & Body, menopause, Sex & Relationships

10 Symptoms of Menopause and How to Treat Them

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Topics: sex, couples, aging, improving your marriage, relationship, Mind & Body, libido, menopause, health, desire, insomnia, sexual dissatisfaction, hot flashes, sexual heatlh, intimacy

4 Ways Your Relationship Gets Better Once the Kids are grown

When I was a new mom, I dreaded the first time that my daughter said she hated me. I was sure it would break my heart and strip all of my maternal confidence away. Inevitably, it happened. She was coloring on a wall (as young kids do) and I told her to stop. In her little 4-year-old voice, she looked me dead in the eye and said it: I hate you.

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Topics: better marriage, communication, couples, aging, relationship, communication tools, Mind & Body, Sex & Relationships, kids, health, mindfulness, exercisce, family, intimacy

6 Top Relationship Resources for Women Over 40 

Relationship discussions are not sparse, by any means. In every corner of the internet and in every coffee shop around the world, you’re bound to find people talking about love, what it means, and how to get better at it. But when it comes to women who are over 40, the resources seem to dwindle. Women who are no longer in their thirties should know everything there is to know about relationships, right? Hardly.

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Topics: better marriage, communication, couples, aging, relationship, communication tools, marriage, Sex & Relationships, mindfulness, education, intimacy

5 Ways to Keep Your Cool During a Hot Flash

“I just love hot flashes!” —said no woman who has ever gone through menopause. Though the intensity and duration of hot flashes vary among women, some women need help managing the symptoms. There are many ways to help alleviate some of the discomfort of menopause, dealing with hot flashes in the heat of the moment (too soon? Sorry about that!) can be a challenge.

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Topics: aging, Mind & Body, menopause, health, mindfulness, hot flashes

A New Approach to Breakfast

As a child of the 70s, I grew up eating all manner of processed, virtually nutrition-free foods that parents everywhere were led to believe constituted “breakfast.” Convenience foods were new and embraced with gusto. As a mother, it makes perfect sense to me now that my parents didn’t question the nutritive content of a bowl of sugar cereal—it was easy.

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Topics: aging, Mind & Body, health, nutrition

Style Tip: Find Your Uniform

When I was in my 20s, I was totally that girl who tried on 15 outfits before work every morning and lived in a clothes-strewn jungle of indecision. By noon I hated what I was wearing half the time and longed to go home and change. This crippling ambivalence about my wardrobe did nothing for my self-confidence (not to mention my work ethic).

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Topics: Modern Woman's Guide, aging, Mind & Body, mindfulness, beauty

Let’s Talk About Sex

A funny thing occurred to me the other night. I was having a drink with my friend Molly, who I’ve known since we met in Sunday school at age seven, and she was complaining about how her husband falls asleep on the couch after dinner every night. I knew that what she was really saying was, “Why won’t he stay awake and have sex with me?” But since we weren’t about to go and have a conversation about sex with her husband, we spent some time joking about various ways to keep him awake and then called it a night.

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Topics: sex, better marriage, aging, romance, relationship, marriage, Sex & Relationships

How Long Does Menopause Last?

I’ve gained a reputation as a menopause expert among my friends, and I get this question more than any other. It makes sense. When you’re in the throes of a hot flash or inexplicable crying jag, who cares why this is happening—when’s it going to end? Unfortunately, as with many things pertaining to women’s bodies (hi, pregnancy), the length and symptoms of menopause vary a lot. Some aspects, such as age of onset, can even be hereditary.

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Topics: sex after baby, aging, Mind & Body, libido, menopause, desire, insomnia, hot flashes
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