5 books to help you boss it as you get older

recommended by Keira Gould

For some, getting older can be daunting. The prospect of having everything together: the job, the house, marriage, family. But the reality is, we are all finding our own way, some might appear to make their way faster and more successfully than others but it doesn’t have to be that way. Health and wellbeing, work, travel, exercise and relationships are key areas we all strive for and most importantly, everyone aims to reach an optimal balance across all elements. This collection of books will provide the perfect guides to help you reset how you feel about growing older and to take charge of the important aspects of your lifestyle.

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    Working Hard, Hardly Working
    by Grace Beverley

    We all know the pressure of feeling like we should be grinding 24/7 while simultaneously being told that we should 'just relax' and take care of ourselves, like we somehow have to decide between success and sanity. But in today's complex working world, where every hobby can be a hustle and social media is the lens through which we view ourselves and others, this seemingly impossible choice couldn't be further from our reality. In Working Hard, Hardly Working, entrepreneur and self-proclaimed 'lazy workaholic' Grace Beverley challenges this unrealistic and unnecessary split, and offers a fresh take on how to create your own balance, be more productive and feel fulfilled.

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    Ageless: The cellular secrets to looking and feeling your best
    by Tania Malan

    It’s time to change the way we think about getting older. In Ageless, Tania Malan shows that rather than accepting ageing as an inevitable part of life, we can treat and prevent it, so we can look good and feel well throughout our lives. Readers will begin to understand how stress, injury, illness and lifestyle impact your body, leading to cellular ageing and discover how personalised medicine is revolutionising the treatment of ageing to extend health span. They will also learn how hormones affect the way you look and feel, and why balancing them is essential as you get older. Readers will develop an awareness of the changes occurring beneath the skin too, the role of aesthetic treatments in helping people become ageless and find out how innovative science can help everyone live healthier and look better for longer.

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    The Art of Slow Travel: See the World and Savor the Journey On a Budget [An Unusual Travel Guide]
    by Bhavana Gesota & Bhavana Gesota

    Many people dream of experiencing the beauty of the difference in language, culture, and geography around the globe. But, fears, doubts, and myths hold them back. They might believe it costs a fortune to travel and you need to be retired or a millionaire to afford it. They may think it's dangerous to travel, especially as a solo woman, or that it's impossible to return to your career upon return, that travelling solo is lonely or that they are too old for it and so on... In The Art of Slow Travel, seasoned slow world traveller Bhavana Gesota, who has lived in nine countries, worked in seven, and travelled to twenty-two more over five continents, addresses all of these concerns and more. This book, in a step-by-step manner, gives you all the information you need to break-away from the rat race, go slow travel and truly see the world on a budget at your own pace.

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    The Fitness Mindset: Eat for energy, Train for tension, Manage your mindset, Reap the results
    by Brian Keane

    How would it feel to have the body you've always wanted, a huge boost in energy, and the mindset to keep it forever? Have you ever felt frustrated about not getting the results you want? Do you feel you are eating the right foods and doing the correct workouts but your body still isn't changing as quickly as you want? Are you grinding through your workday with low energy levels, praying for the next day off so you can sleep in? If this sounds familiar, then The Fitness Mindset by Brian Keaneis the book for you. The Fitness Mindset gives you everything you need to get the body you've always dreamed of, ramp your energy levels through the roof and develop the mindset to keep it forever. When you read this book and implement Brian's proven strategies, you will learn several valuable lessons. * You will learn exactly what foods work best for you and how to eat to increase energy, lose fat and build lean muscle, as well as how to combine tension-style workouts and High Intensity Interval Training (Hiit) to build the body you've always wanted. Readers will discover ways to build better habits and find their 'why' so they never lose motivation again, develop lasting strategies to minimise stress and anxiety and ultimately, get into the best physical and mental shape of their r lives.

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    Friends: Understanding the Power of our Most Important Relationships
    by Robin Dunbar

    Friends matter to us, and they matter more than we think. The single most surprising fact to emerge from the medical literature over the last decade or so has been that the number and quality of the friendships we have has a bigger influence on our happiness, health and even mortality risk than anything else except giving up smoking. Robin Dunbar is the world-renowned psychologist and author who famously discovered Dunbar's number: how our capacity for friendship is limited to around 150 people. In Friends, he looks at friendship in the round, at the way different types of friendship and family relationships intersect, or at the complex of psychological and behavioural mechanisms that underpin friendships and make them possible - and just how complicated the business of making and keeping friends actually is. Mixing insights from scientific research with first person experiences and culture, Friends explores and integrates knowledge from disciplines ranging from psychology and anthropology to neuroscience and genetics in a single magical weave that allows us to peer into the incredible complexity of the social world in which we are all so deeply embedded.

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