To some experts and mental health advocates, the phrase “aging gracefully” means to accept the changes that are coming your way as you grow older each day.
To some degree, they’re right. There’s no way to stop time completely, and to panic about every wrinkle or gray hair you see only bolsters the chances that you’ll succumb to depression and increased stress which ultimately fast-forwards the aging process.
To go to extreme lengths to look better, for example, like where you suddenly adopt the nickname “cat lady” because you’ve stretched your face with plastic surgery so far that you’re unrecognizable isn’t necessary, or a good idea.
But there’s no reason you have to lie down and take it, either. There are many things that happen to us as we age not because they’re inevitable but because we don’t take precautions to ensure they never happen.
We go on about our day accepting defeat when it comes to aging and our looks, our energy, our optimism, etc. It doesn’t have to be that way. There are many options you have to fight back against the aging process.
These aren’t opportunities to slow down aging. They’re ways you can turn back the clock, eliminate signs of aging. What are some things that make you feel old right now?
Is it seeing lines on your face? There are ways to reverse that. Is it a lack of energy in your body? Again, you can change that so that you bound out of bed every morning ready to take on the day.
What about your health? Do you have “older person” diseases like diabetes? That’s something (with type II anyway) that typically occurs in older people. But it’s reversible if you take steps to improve your health, and it can help you regain your youth!
Aging gracefully should be about loving yourself enough to treat your body and mind with kindness and compassion. It’s about looking in the mirror and seeing how you can love yourself more and take care of things that don’t have to happen.
It’s not about self-hatred and disgust in how you look or sadness about how you feel. Start getting empowered so that you can shave 5, 10, or even 15 years off of your aging process. All it takes is knowledge and action, and you have access to both of those!