I remember as a child, when I used to look forward to my birthday each year. The excitement of becoming another year older and closer to being a grown up was almost too much to bear. Oh if only I knew back then what I know now I would have refused to grow past the age of 5 years old. Now every time my birthday comes around, instead of getting excited, I have a mini break down. The thought of getting older scares me and so each year, as the big day approaches, I tend to do something to prove to myself that I am still young such as getting a new tattoo or coloring my hair a ridiculous color. The problem with this is that all it really does is show everyone else how much I let my age bother me and make them pity me. So this year, with my birthday literally just around the corner, I decided to look into ways to embrace this important day instead of freaking out about it.
Nothing advances your age faster than not taking care of yourself. Eating junk food and leading a sedentary lifestyle is the quickest way to make yourself look and feel older than you are, so looking after yourself is essential. If you want to avoid feeling like each birthday is the end of the world then you need to keep a healthy diet and exercise regularly.
Maintain good health. It is common to have a midlife crisis because you fear aging and are facing poor health. Going for regular check ups, diet and exercise can ease these concerns.
It is common as we age to want to surround ourselves with friends who are younger than us and this is fine but if you are much older than your circle of friends it will only serve to make you feel like the grandma in the crowd. That’s not to say that you can’t have any friends who are younger than you but you need to realize that spending time with those who are younger does not make you younger yourself. If you find some friends who are around your own age as well as plenty of family and support it will help to keep you grounded.
Having a sense of community-with lots of family, friends, and acquaintances-is an excellent way to fill your life with positive energy. The more time spent with people you enjoy is less time available for worry or brooding.
Getting older does not have to be a negative thing; aging is a part of life, along with all of the changes that come with it. As difficult as it is, instead of emptying your bank account on the latest anti-aging treatments or hair colorants to cover up the gray, you should try to embrace yourself. Revel in the marvel that is your body and the amazing changes it goes through as you age. Hold your head up high and be proud of who you are and what you look like.
Social Media Is Not Your Friend
No matter what social media sites say about being designed for people of all ages, the majority of users tend to be the younger generation and as such, they are filled with text speak and other euphemisms that you may not understand. It’s okay to go on to keep up with family and friends but if you are going to spend hours trawling through different posts on different websites, expect to feel a little on the vintage side by the time you log off.