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Wondering how you can make next year’s list of Most Beautiful People? Looking
good starts well before picking fabulous outfits and a great hairstyle. Here are 5
tips that’ll keep you from looking like Nick Nolte at your next photo shoot.
1. Sleep Tight: Partying ‘till dawn is what all the beautiful people do, right?
Well, go for it, but make sure you eventually get your 8 hours of shut-eye.
Though lack of sleep isn’t the main cause of dark circles under your eyes — you
can blame your gene pool for that one — it certainly doesn’t help.
2. Jogging Pretty: We all know how important exercise is to maintaining a
healthy weight, but it also keeps you looking younger. Aging causes our muscles
to lose tone and relax and our joints to become stiffer. A regular toning routine
can help to preserve flexibility and suppleness.
3. Break Time: It might seem like incorporating all this sleeping and exercise into
your already busy routine won’t leave you any time to spare for a bit of R&R —
but you’d better find some. Lack of regular periods of relaxation heightens stress
levels, which sends some seriously nasty hormones cruising through your body.
4. Straighten Up: It makes us sound like a 1950s finishing school, but we can’t
overemphasize the importance of good posture. Standing up straight makes you
look good even if you’re wearing a muumuu. What’s more, poor posture leads to
a constant strain. Hunchbacks don’t generally make the cover of magazines.
5. Beauty Blockbuster: Want to reduce the incidence of worry lines? Lower stress
hormones? Project a natural, healthy radiance? The secret is a lot cheaper than
a high-end facelift: We’re talking about happiness. The human brain is wired to
recognize the subtleties of a person’s expression — so get out there and smile!
Redefining ourselves as we age is a whole new
era in the 20th century. In my practice, women
in their 30s report redefining themselves by
becoming professionals and starting a family;
running a household, juggling everything they
possibly can. No longer are women the stay-at-
home moms of yesteryear. Men in their 30s totally
realize the importance of working and investing
more time in the family. As family men, they are
teaming up with their spouse to help more with
the children so both can find time for each other.
Aging slowly takes most of us by surprise. At
about age 40, they find themselves looking in the
mirror one day, or getting up out of a chair, or
trying to do something and suddenly realize that
they’ve actually gotten older. At about age 50,
they can’t run at the same pace or with the same
stamina. Weight regulation and their health have
become a problem. Fine lines begin to appear.
Grey hair is more noticeable. The thought of not
being able to keep up or feel as young as you used
to is devastating. The good news I tell my clients,
is that with a loving partner, a vibrant sex life,
daily exercise, enough sleep and a healthy diet,
middle age can be the best part of your life. Men
and women in their 60s and 70s are playing
tennis, climbing mountains, riding bikes, making
greater achievements than are many of their
more youthful counterparts. Aging should be
less looked upon as stages of life to be dreaded or
feared, but fully enjoy and embraced!
› Lisette Beraja is a Psychotherapist,
a Licensed Marriage & Family
Therapist and Founder of Beraja
Counseling Center, providing
guidance and counseling to
individuals, families and couples for
over 10 years. She is also a Florida
Supreme Court Family Mediator and
an 11th Judicial Court approved Parenting Coordinator. To
set up an appointment, call her at 305.858.7763 or visit her
website at BerajaCounseling.com.
“Never pick a fight with an
ugly person, they’ve got
nothing to lose.”
— Robin Williams
22 Weight Issues
About half of all online dating users
admit to doctoring their photos or
retouching them in a manner that
makes them appear more attractive.
Of course, the joke’s on them because
if they ever meet in person, the
expectations will be too high.
Two decades ago, female models in
magazines weight about 10% less
than the average woman. Today, the
difference is nearly 25% more. This
trend goes both ways: The average
woman has grown and the models
feel more pressure to be thin.
A recent poll found that when both
men and women are feeling low, or
just nostalgic, a good way to boost
self-esteem is to listen to their
favorite “Comfort Songs.” Can’t find
that old, dusty CD you love? That’s
what iTunes and YouTube are for!