Stress and Ageing

I’m going to write something totally different today.Stress can and will affect us all at one point in our lives and can be down to so many things. It doesn’t have to be a big event or drama. Stress can build up from series of small problems which on their own would be no hassle at all. But together can give you sleepless nights and high anxiety leading to health problems such as high blood pressure.

Lately there has been lots of chatter about how the stress of being a President ages a person over the stretch of their incumbency. This physical impact is not just in our imaginations, and it doesn’t require the strain and toil of the highest office in the world. Stress in general, a new study has found, can age us in very visible and evident ways.

For the study twins were used as twins are destined to age in genetically identical ways. Researchers looked at them to see how varying stressful life experiences further changed their appearance. The primary example was of twins who had gone through a divorce and ended up looking at least two years older than their identical siblings who were single, married, or even widowed.

Additionally, use of antidepressants appeared to make subjects look older. Researchers attribute this to the medication’s tendency to cause sustained relaxation of facial muscles, which can lead to sagging of the skin.

So what does all this tell you…..DON’T STRESS.

You should always try and sort all your problems out quickly and don’t hold them in tucked away, try to always look on the bright side on things and not just the negatives. This can be hard but if you want to keep looking young when you’re older then you need to take a step back and try to chill.


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Treat White Leather Sofas With Care

A white leather sofa is quite difficult to clean because you want to maintain its beauty while at the same time avoid any damage. For general care, just polish occasionally with saddle soap, available from hardware stores, leather goods retailers and suppliers of equine equipment. Very small stains can be treated with a little alcohol or nail varnish remover but it is most important to test an inconspicuous area first as these will remove a thin surface layer; you may need to treat the whole item to restore it to a uniform shade.white-leather

Large, deep and extensive stains are probably better left to the experts, especially if the piece is valuable. Professional leather cleaners can be found in Yellow Pages or ask at the store where the goods were purchased.

For water stains, it is a good idea to gently moisten the entire piece, again to restore a matching shade throughout. If the leather sofa is part of a matching suite of furniture, the other pieces may need to be treated in the same way to ensure that they still match once the cleaning has been carried out.

Treated with care, a leather sofa will maintain its good looks and texture for years.

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Help fund cancer research

In the UK, someone is diagnosed with breast cancer every 11 minutes and breast cancer charities are all committed to fighting the disease by performing research, campaigning and by educating people on how to check themselves and look out for the early warning signs. The ultimate goal of any cancer charities is to help to prevent people from getting cancer and this means spreading the word and reaching out to people’s generosity. This could be either in the form of donations or time spent organising or taking part in fundraising events such as jumble sales or fun runs.
Breast cancer charities campaign for all women to have access to a screening programme and to make sure that early detection takes place. They campaign for all patient’s that have been referred from their GP get seen by a specialist within 2 weeks. These campaigns cost a great deal of money but are so important.

Breast cancer charities need donations no matter how small in order for them to carry on with the magnificent work they do. They rely on volunteers to help out and fund raising is constant to ensure that the money is available. Everyone can make a difference by donating to charity. If you cannot afford to make a payment directly, then there are things like buying charity Christmas cards and choosing Christmas or birthday gifts from the charity websites or charity shops. The majority of charity shops now sell a wide range of brand new specially crafted items that are not available in other high street stores and that make fabulous gifts.

The most recognised breast cancer fund raising items are the “in the pink” items which range from pin badges through to special edition items such as pink GHD hair stylers where a percentage of the sales goes straight to the breakthrough breast cancer charity. Most major retailers sell a range of the in the pink items, including T shirts with the breast cancer pink ribbon on. Damart is one of the companies that sells clothing designed specifically to raise money for breast cancer research. These items are fashionable and will help to show your support.cancerres

Research is a huge part of any charity, and breast cancer charities need funds for their researchers to find out what causes cancer and how the cancer forms and grows, how cancer can be prevented and how it can be treated, and hopefully one day a cure will be found. Any new treatments need to be constantly researched and tested to make sure they are safe, and any side effects need to be researched. Without donations and fundraising, this vital research would not be possible.

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Change of address cards

With the internet brimming with websites to accommodate your moving home needs, it is easy to forget to send out those all important change of address notices to everyone. Usually in the chaos of the home move when you’re in the midst of organizing furniture removal and so forth, our most nearest and dearest are the only ones to learn of our new address.

It is vital that everyone is aware of your home move, especially if you are changing a business address. Likewise, no-one wants to hold a housewarming party and find that hardly anyone has turned up because you only told a handful of friends.changeof-add

With change of address cards, you can ensure that everyone is aware of your new residence and can even add your own personal message to make the announcement even more special to family, friends and colleagues. Many companies give you the option to choose from specially selected verses. Whether it be a simple line or a full blown verse, change of address cards can be adapted to whatever style you desire.

A change of address card is a personal way to leave a memorable message and some will even allow you to add a photo of your new home.

Browse the internet to find the perfect change of address cards for you. Some websites even offer this service for free. Others will allow you to be as flamboyant or as casual as you want.

changeofadd1Print them out yourself or have them specially delivered to your door so as to give your family and friends the personal touch when it comes to moving home. You can then look forward to receiving those welcoming phone calls and housewarming cards in return.

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Moving home – how to fit in with the community

Many people believe that a home move to suburbia will settle them into a warm and inviting neighbourhood. However, they are often shocked to find quite the opposite.

There is no real connection between an affluent community and a friendly neighbourhood. In fact, a home in the town could be just as friendly.

So how do you find out if you are moving home to a friendly area or one where the neighbours keep themselves to themselves?

If you are over 50, think twice before deciding on a home move to an age restricted development as many older people do not fit in with a 50+ age group and are very young at heart for their age. If you are not too keen on listening to people’s aches and pains and the highlight of your day is your next cup of tea then this doesn’t sound like a wise home move for you. Alternatively, if you are the type of person who likes to have a structured day, then this could be the perfect home move.
Check out the social dynamics of any community you are considering a home move to by striking up conversations with the neighbours. Enquire about the environment and obtain real, honest opinions from the locals. One of the best moving tips is to visit the area, at least four times a day to see if people intermingle, or if they stay locked up inside their homes.

Wipe away the illusion that people who move to brand new developments are anti social. Although these types of properties are often populated by the younger age-group, many are very accommodating and feel safer with older residents nearby.

One last point to remember is that friendship is reciprocal which means that you should treat your neighbours as you would expect them to treat you back. It is hard for a neighbour to be a good friend if you only speak to him or her once or twice a year!

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Moving home with your pets

Just last year alone, over 1,800,000 people decided to move house with their pets. This means that potentially 228,750 pets could have been caused undue stress from owners who were unaware of their needs when it came to moving home.
Over 1,000 people were interviewed by Battersea Dogs and Cats home. Over half of those approached were concerned about the trauma that moving home would have on their pets. Animal loving Brits put the welfare of their pets even before worries such as forgotten house keys and furniture not arriving.

The younger age group felt that there was little advice available on how to care for pets when moving home. Battersea responded by producing a guide containing valuable moving tips to help young people and pets move house with as little stress as possible.

Careful planning needs to be maintained when moving pets, especially dogs or cats. The guide is also available as a downloadable PDF file and allows owners to deal with all of the areas associated with moving pets to a new address. It covers the significance of micro-chipping and even advises on finding pet kennels and hotels. This preparatory guidebook offers advice from the onset of moving home, right up to the day of the move and beyond, so as pet and owner both experience a change of address with nerves in tact and that special bond still maintained.

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Sofa Cleaning

here are lots of kits available to look after and clean you leather sofa, especially as they have steadily risen in popularity.

If you’re looking to remove marks off your white leather sofa then there are many products on the market:

Leather cleaning mousses for light marks
Microfibre cloths for more stubborn marks
Ink removal wipes for when “little one” may get over-excited with the felt tips or that horrible split second you happen to move whilst
doing a puzzle or work notes.

Some of the best kits I’ve seen are on

These range from £25 to £45 depending on how much you want to look after your furniture.
In honesty the £25 Homecare Leather Kit provides enough to keep you sofa clean, maintained and the essentials to clean up marks and scuffles.
If you have multiple pieces of leather furniture and/or anticipate quite a few mishaps then you may appreciate the assistance of the more extensive package instead.

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