It’s no secret that most of us dread getting older. I know one reason is that we may believe that our lives will change drastically and no longer be enjoyable. And, though, this might be true in some cases, it doesn’t have to be the status quo. Additionally, we should not forget that growing older is a privilege, for so many don’t make it to their golden years.
Remember, aging is a part of the natural life process. The key is to understand what is happening in your body systems as they age. Being proactive to educate yourself before you get there will also help to ease the pain of any changes that happen. Let’s chat about some secrets to make aging more enjoyable.
Be in the Know
Just as you do at any age, you want to know how well your body and mind are functioning. Though there are more routine tests recommended for those over 50, be proactive and keep up with them. As we age, there are some things that begin to break down faster and may need attention.
For example, while you may have had perfect hearing your whole life, you might need to get a hearing test or vision screening annually when you get older. The point is to be in the know about potential problems and what changes are normal and which ones aren’t.
As we age, we might be tempted to play the I’m-too-old-for-that card. Yes, there might be some things off the table simply because the body isn’t up for it. However, don’t forget to enjoy yourself doing things you can do. The truth is, we can make ourselves feel and even look older by denying ourselves the right to have fun.
Do you allow yourself to do things like go to nightclubs, amusement parks, use social media, or wear certain clothing or hairstyle? Truthfully, if you are still physically and mentally able to partake in these activities, why not do them? Doing something you enjoy is far better for your health than denying yourself because of a number.
Enjoy the Time You Have
Enjoying the spare time you have now is a privilege you’ve earned by working or caring for others your whole life. How about making a list of all the things you’ve wanted to do but couldn’t because of time, money, or other responsibilities? Work through that list, and create a season of adventure.
Try not to think about all the time that has passed. Instead, focus on the time you have been given. Be grateful for every day and minute you are alive. Stop worrying bout being sick or even dying. Remember, no one, at any age, has a guarantee for tomorrow.
Embrace Your Older Self
It’s important to make peace with your aging body and face. This may be more difficult for some women than others. Give yourself some time to adjust, but try to find the positives of this season as soon as you can. You know you’ve arrived there when you look in the mirror and genuinely love and respect what you see.
It also helps to keep up to date with your makeup, hair, and clothing to aid in the transition and to help you look as put together as possible. More importantly, always be yourself and let the world know that you are becoming the best version of yourself!