Thursday, 21 April 2016

Live the Age You Feel Inside

Incontinence

Life often throws us a few curve balls, and sometimes us ladies seem to get the rawer end of the deal don't you think? I mean we grow up and suddenly we have 'that time of the month' to contend with.. Then of course there's pregnancy and....Child birth. It's a never ending roller-coaster of  female surprises, some I am sure that we could do without? 

Of course after you have had a baby, your body is an entirely new ball game. Everything you think that you know.. well throw that hand book out of the window. It's time to get to know your body again. I was religious with the pelvic floor exercises I was provided with after I had Leo, and thankfully I had a smooth birth and even smoother recovery. I know that some ladies have a very different experience, and I was surprised to discover that 1 in 3 women suffer from bladder sensitivity.

As this is such a raw subject, one that is tinged with embarrassment for many of the women who do suffer, they usually suffer alone and in silence. That of course isn't how it should be, and in a day and age where there are some great incontinence products around and people are that much more open minded about the way our bodies work, or sometimes don't quite work as they are supposed too.. What better way than to highlight some tips to help you take care of your sensitive bladder.

IT’S GOOD TO TALK
Share how you are feeling with someone. If you feel too embarrassed to speak to a loved one then set up an appointment with your GP. Millions of women in the UK suffer from sensitive bladder, you are not alone and there is help available.

SET A SCHEDULE
Your bladder is trainable: if you’re troubled by needing to pass water very often and needing to rush to the toilet, talk with your doctor about a daily schedule to build up your bladder’s holding capacity. Remember; allow your bladder to empty completely each time you go to the toilet.

DRINK JUST ENOUGH
There’s no need to avoid drinking in order to reduce the urge to visit the bathroom. Limiting your water intake makes your urine more concentrated, which boost your chances of bladder irritation.
Keep hydrated.

BYE, BYE BARISTA
Caffeine, alcohol and fizzy drinks could be your new worst enemies– they can irritate a sensitive bladder. Everyone with sensitive bladder could benefit from cutting down on alcohol. If your symptoms include needing to rush to the loo, try limiting those coffees, teas and carbonated beverages for a week or two to see if it helps.

REGULAR RELAXATION
If you experience anxiety, worry and concern because of your sensitive bladder, mental relaxation can be a very valuable aid. Avoid worrying about problems excessively. Deliberately include activities in your daily life that bring you pleasure for example meeting friends, going to the cinema or taking a walk.

KEEP MOVING!
Pilates, yoga, cycling, tai chi, brisk and Nordic walking are all great low impact activities that will keep you fit.

AVOID THE CRUNCHES
Strong abdominal exercises can put too much pressure on your pelvic floor. Opt for gentler core exercises instead, to keep your abdominals in shape.

DO YOUR PELVIC FLOOR EXERCISES DAILY
By practicing at least three times a day, these exercises can help you strengthen your pelvic floor muscles and give you more control when you need it. If you’re not sure how to do them, speak to your doctor or visit www.alwaysdiscreet.co.uk. 

WALK, STAND, SIT TALL
Be aware of your posture whilst you exercise and go about your daily activities. Slouching inhibits your deep core muscles from working properly.

BREATHE BETTER
Learn to breathe more efficiently with Pilates or yoga. Never hold your breath while exercising as this puts pressure on your pelvic floor.

LIFT CAREFULLY
We perform many of our daily activities without consciously thinking about our movements. Stand square and close, bend from your knees and hips, keeping your back straight.

Top tips for embracing ageless style with confidence: from Style Expert and That’s Not My Age founder, Alyson Walsh

A STRONG SHOE = A STRONG OUTFIT 
Wearing comfortable shoes will help you stride down the street with confidence.  And the good news is that comfy is no longer a byword for ugly; brilliant colours, metallic leather and mannish styles look and feel fantastic. Try brogues, penny loafers or pointed flats.

That said, the other good fashion news is that kitten heel is back – a low heel, that you can actually walk in, will add an elegant touch to any outfit. After all, no one ever looked glamorous when their feet hurt.
                                            
LET’S TALK TAILORING
Well-fitted clothes are a quick and easy route to feeling confident; no need to faff, hoick, or worry that seams are going to grin. Tailoring is a great way to flatter the figure in all the right areas; bust, waist and hips. 

For casual glamour, wear a tuxedo jacket over a t-shirt, try a denim jacket over a shift dress or roll-up a blazer sleeve to artfully show a flash of silk blouse.

NOD TO THE TREND
Ageless style isn’t about jumping blindly from one trend to another; it’s about staying modern by making a subtle nod to the season. Try a pussy bow blouse, a polo neck sweater or go khaki crazy.  The many shades of military are a good way to manoeuvre into autumn. This is the new neutral, the colour of the season that is far more flattering than black.

STAND OUT IN COLOUR
Bold is beautiful! Try out your favourite items – a pair of Capri pants or a tunic dress - in brighter shades, like: hot pink, burnt orange and pillar box red. These colours will brighten up a winter complexion, look amazing with grey hair and boost your confidence.

FIND THE RIGHT CLOTHES
Confidence comes from finding the right clothes, the styles and shapes that work for you. Spend time finding fail-safe basics in good fabrics that fit and flatter and can always be relied upon; the perfect pair of jeans, a great white shirt, a figure-flattering jacket. Then pep them up with a pair of chandelier earrings or a faux fur collar and a bold lipstick –  adding the finishing touches to your wardrobe favourites is the easiest way to stay stylish forever.

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