In our modern society, getting older is not seen as a positive experience, to put it lightly.
Women do everything they can to keep wrinkles, gray hair, and sagging skin at bay. Men buy expensive cars and date younger women because they can’t accept their age.
In general, getting older is feared, and youthfulness is revered.
There are so many great aspects of aging. You’re more comfortable in your own skin. You have confidence you never had at 20. You have a family. You’ve built a life.
Instead of bemoaning your later years, it’s time to celebrate them.
Here are tips for diving into aging gracefully.
Feeling Old? Try These 5 Common-Sense Tips for Embracing Your Age
If you’re feeling old, it’s time to gain some new perspective. Take the following advice and make it happen. You’ll feel younger, and that youthfulness will radiate from the inside out.
1. Get Up and Move
One of the keys to enjoying your senior years is to keep moving your body. You have to get up and move. After all, you know what they say: Use it or lose it.
The same goes for your bones and muscles. If you don’t use them, they’ll waste away and you’ll be at a higher risk for bone loss, arthritis, brittle bones, and other problems that make old age harder. Instead of sitting around, get active.
Go for short walks at your own pace at first, then slowly lengthen the route and increase your speed. Try new activities you’ve always wanted to get into, like skiing, hiking, ice skating, dancing, or even surfing.
Remember, don’t push too hard, and ease into every new activity until your body can handle it. This is especially important if you have been sedentary previously.
Once you start moving, though, you’ll find it hard to stop.
2. Stay Positive
To age with grace, staying positive is a must.
If you can’t look on the bright side when you experience aches and pains, forgetfulness, and the other hallmarks of getting older, you’ll find it harder to live well.
On the other hand, if you can laugh at yourself, move through discomfort, and live it up when you can, you’ll find your senior years a joy instead of a trial.
3. Embrace Your Double-Digits
Many men and women lie about their age when they start climbing into the higher double-digits. They want to seem more youthful or desirable, but instead, they end up feeling worse about themselves.
The better way to go is to wholeheartedly embrace your age. Be proud of the years as you rack them up, and see them as a badge of honor rather than a burden to bear.
The next time someone asks your age, astonish them and tell them the number with pride. They’ll probably admit that they thought you were at least 10 years younger.
4. Don’t Worry Too Much About Wrinkles
Wrinkles are a natural part of aging. You may see them as unsightly, but, much like your age, they’re a badge of honor. They’re proof that you’ve lived through hardships, stress, tragedies, and failures, and came out stronger on the other side.
In this vein, don’t wear too much makeup to try to hide your aging skin. Instead of covering it up, you’ll only enhance the lines with caked-on foundation, powder, and blush.
Go lighter and feel freer as a result.
5. Relax and Have Fun
If you’re worried about aging every second of every day, when will you have time to enjoy yourself?
Instead of constantly stressing about getting older, relax.
You’re here on this earth with a limited amount of time – use it wisely while you can.
Older/Wiser Quotes to Live by When You’re Down about Your Age
If you can’t help but feel depressed about your age, you need some reminders that it isn’t so bad.
Keep one or two of these quotes handy and read them when you need help remembering the joys of aging.
- “Aging is not lost youth but a new stage of opportunity and strength.” – Betty Friedan
- “Age is inevitable. Aging isn’t.” – Marv Levy
- “The afternoon knows what the morning never suspected.” – Robert Frost
- “There is a fountain of youth: It is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap into this source, you will have truly defeated age.” – Sophia Loren
Once you look at things from a new point of view, you’ll soon see that aging gracefully is a gift, not a burden. Enjoy your later years and live life to the fullest. You’ve got one chance to make it count, so don’t waste it.