I failed my challenge of not talking about myself for a whole week. But a lot like dry January (which, yes, I also failed), it did curb my bad habits. A week or so on, I am more of what Murphy would call an “active” listener, so, naturally, I decide to meet up with the friend who rated me 8.5 out of 10 on the self-obsessed scale, in order to try to lower my rating. Without me speaking, the time we spend together feels forced and there are lulls in the conversation. Eventually the friend cracks. “Haven’t you got any good stories?” she asks. Oh, I thought I talked about myself too much, I reply. “Of course you do, but that’s your special quality,” she says. “You are completely comfortable holding the floor for one hour, but at least it’s entertaining.” … [Read more...] about I like the sound of my own voice – but does that make me a narcissist?
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But I deal in realities not ideals — and the notion that an elderly woman living alone in a small bungalow (with two faraway sons who’ve said they’re not interested) is going to have the knowledge and energy to embark on such a lengthy and tedious process . . . well, it’s just not going to fly. … [Read more...] about BEL MOONEY: Can I stop my nasty wife ruling every part of my life?
Ditch the medication: Dr Shree said as long as you are aware of your symptoms and respond accordingly you don't always need to use medication. "So whilst at home, chart your cycle and symptoms on an app so that you can anticipate symptoms and review their severity. Look at whether there is anything which makes them better or worse." Watch your food: What you eat might have an impact on your mood and Dr Shree said salty foods might make you feel more bloated. "Watch your diet whilst at home and see whether alterations affect your symptoms over a cycle". Get 40 winks: Sleep hygiene is important all the time but even more so during your cycle. Dr Shree says you should use the opportunity of working at home to monitor your sleep habits - for example, avoiding heavy exercise before bedtime. "You may find a regular bedtime with a period of reading before sleep relaxes you more in the second half of your cycle, with a real impact on how severe your PMS symptoms are." Exercise: The Royal … [Read more...] about Coming off the pill during lockdown and where to get it as the coronavirus pandemic continues