Some people are afraid of spiders, while some are afraid of the dark. Our fears vary according to the different experiences we’ve had during our existence. However, one fear seems to unite many people, especially those who are middle-aged. They fear growing old.
In all honesty, though, we really can’t blame them. So much of our society is obsessed with looking young and aging is something to be avoided at all costs. Anti-aging products in the market today boast the claim of making the user look 20 years younger as if looking older is a bad thing.
If you’re feeling old or feeling down about your age as you approach your mid-life crisis, it can be such a downer to try and come to terms with how you’re changing and how the world around you is changing as well. Living in a youth-centric culture, when you reach a certain age that doesn’t classify you as “young” anymore, you might feel a little stuck. Growing older, however, doesn’t mean getting old.
What does it mean?
Simply put, just because you’re aging doesn’t mean that it’s a bad thing. So before you start browsing for assisted living facilities in your area, here are a few ways to be at ease with the fact that you’re getting older.
Find Release in Creating Something
First of all, you’ve got to deal with all that pent-up emotion. Focusing on negative things like the thought of getting older can put you in this limbo where all you can think about is what’s bothering you.
Take a day off from work or allot time on the weekends to create something. Whether it’s a song, a poem, or an art piece. Focus on what you’re feeling and let your emotions do the talking.
Most middle-aged folks are too caught up in the daily routine they’ve established over the years, that they forget how fun it is to be spontaneous sometimes. This will remind you that there are still a lot of fun things to look forward to, even if you think your glory days are over.
The entire “self-love” movement is often categorized as a millennial movement, but it shouldn’t be. It’s widely known that with age, we often see changes in our bodies. Lines might appear on our faces, and wrinkles can now be found in places where they didn’t use to be.
However, this shouldn’t make you feel less desirable. Even if society rarely finds these traits beautiful, it’s important to remind ourselves that these marks on our faces and bodies are a testament to how much we’ve been through.
Every day, make it a habit to look in the mirror and point out things you like about your face and body. You’ll be surprised at how much there is to like.
It’s All About Mindset
Aging is one of those things that we really can’t do much about. We can try to delay its effects on our physical appearance, but not for long. The best thing we can do for ourselves is to try to embrace the changes that aging brings and look at it as something that everyone has to go through, not something that we have to avoid.
To age gracefully means being able to accept the fact that our bodies and our skills may not be what they used to be. But, despite that, we still have lots of room to grow and change and become better versions of ourselves.