Ageing is a fact of life – as we grow older, we must learn to refocus on the more positive aspects of ageing. Here are 5 ways to help you do this.
Ageing may be inescapable, but what is important, is learning to face this positively. Throughout life, we gain different roles, such as Mum, Dad, Grandparent, your job etc. As we age, some of these roles are made redundant as people are no longer dependent on you, or you retire.
Also, as our body ages, it can feel like some of our independence is lost, or we can start to feel more vulnerable. At this point, it’s important to be able to refocus on the positive aspects of life. There are good things about ageing.
Here’s our top five…
1. Rediscover yourself
Losing roles in life, such as parenting or working, is one of the top reasons for older people to start feeling at a bit of a loss. Mentally preparing yourself for the cycle of life, being open to change is a good way to remain resilient to losing these roles. It’s time to be positive and it’s time to focus on you again.
Ask yourself what you enjoy in life. If you are not sure anymore then it’s important to try some new things. You could learn a new skill, volunteer, take up a new hobby. This will also help you to meet new people.
Rediscover yourself, finding new interests will ensure that you can regain your sense of purpose and gain clarity over the things that matter to you. The main thing is to find the things you’re passionate about because you now have the time to enjoy them.
2. Keep your body healthy
If your appearance and physical health is something that worries you as you age, then you now have more time to take control of this. Eat a healthy balanced diet, ensure that you get the right nutrition and keep yourself hydrated. This will ensure that your skin, hair and nails have the best chance of staying healthier and youthful for longer.
Exercise is a great way to keep your body in top form. It doesn’t have to be much either. Simply 20 minutes a day is a great start, and this can be broken up into a couple of 10-minute sessions. An activity like Yoga is a great way to keep your body and mind connected and feeling well.
Being healthy like this will help you maintain a lovely youthful glow.
3. Use the power of the mind
Much of ageing can come from the mind. Your brain controls everything and if you are telling yourself negative things about ageing, then it’s likely your life will begin to reflect this. Try positive affirmations, meditation and mindfulness.
Ageing comes to us all, and it’s how we deal with it that matters. Having a positive mindset will ensure you can go into this next period of your life on a more grateful level. Gratitude is the key to happiness.
4. Wake up your inner sparkle
Everyone has a sparkle, it’s that inner child that is full of wonder and curiousness. Take some walks in nature, admire the beauty of the world. Kick up the leaves in autumn, make a snowman in the winter. Our inner child is there still and embracing it now and then keeps us feeling young in our hearts.
Getting outside and exploring some nearby woods or fields is a simple but great way to reconnect with the world and rekindle your youthful energy – bring a friend if possible!
5. Don’t sweat the small stuff
Life can keep you dragged down if you are focussing on small issues and letting them get to you. De-clutter your life and remove small dramas. If something is out of your control, then don’t waste energy on it. If you can change something, and know how to, then do it. Don’t worry about things that in the bigger picture, don’t make a difference.
Focussing on what matters to you on a deeper level will bring you much more fulfilment and happiness. Maybe you want to do more for the environment, or perhaps you want to help a charity… give your energy and time to the things that really matter to you. This is a foolproof path to contentment.