Though aging is inevitable, some people find it difficult to deal with the changes that come with getting older.
However, focusing on the good versus the bad can help us shift our mindset. Instead of feeling like the best years are behind us, we can start to enjoy where we’re at in life and look forward to what’s to come in the future.
So how do you embrace aging, rather than fear it? These habits can help you shift your mindset to feel inspired about the years to come.
1. Find a New Passion
Finding new passions can help you maintain a sense of purpose as you age. Whether you enjoy gardening or volunteering, embracing what’s important to you can help you feel more youthful.
Studies show seniors who engage in regular activities that promote lifelong learning feel happier and healthier because they feel a sense of accomplishment. Beyond that, learning a new skill is said to contribute to improved memory function in seniors.
2. Practice Mindfulness
Mindfulness is about living in the moment. By focusing on the here and now, many people find that they are less likely to get caught up about regrets of the past or worries of the future. Instead, they’re able to observe their thoughts and feelings, and form deeper connections with others that aren’t centered on success or self-esteem.
Practicing these techniques can increase awareness of oneself by removing tension in the body and relaxing it.
3. Respect Your Body
Have you ever looked in the mirror and criticized a body part that you wish you could change? While we’ve all done that from time to time, shaming your body is not going to make you feel better.
You might not be as nimble as you once were, or have the same endurance as you did in your 20s and 30s. But what about celebrating how far your body has taken you? It has handled years of wear and tear from being stretched and pulled, and has powered through many uphill journeys.
Accepting your body and its abilities—regardless of age—helps you become more open to enjoy what you can do versus what you can’t. While you may not be able to complete a marathon, you may have fun training for the local fun run with your children or grandchildren.
4. Keep Friends—Young and Old
Having friends helps us feel that we matter for what’s on the inside, not the outside. A solid support system lifts us up in times of struggle, making us feel whole.
While it’s great to spend time with people who are the same age, intergenerational friendships have become more common. According to an AARP survey, 37% of people have a close friend who is at least 15 years older or younger than they are. Survey respondents suggest people value the perspectives that friends of a different age provide.
Having younger friends may encourage you to try new things or challenge long-held beliefs. Older friends, on the other hand, can serve as role models to you for aging gracefully.
5. Adjust Your Attitude
Have you ever heard the saying, “You’re only as old as you feel?” Having a positive attitude when it comes to aging can have a profound impact on your health and happiness.
In fact, studies show individuals with a positive attitude towards aging are likely to live longer than those with a negative attitude. By adjusting your outlook to focus on the good versus the bad, you can begin to look at the glass half full.
As David Bowie once said, “Aging is an extraordinary process where you become the person you always should have been.”
Make the Most of Your Time with Family Members and Friends
As you age, it’s important to make the most of your time with family members and friends. That’s why we created Busch’s Essential Guide to Meaningful Conversation. Packed with 25+ sample questions, you’ll be sure to engage in meaningful dialogue with the people who matter most to you.
Considers it an honor as a Certified Celebrant to listen to life stories, and then design and conduct meaningful tributes. Cathy also trains celebrants nationally, equipping them to share those legacies in ways that comfort and enlighten. Honorably serving Busch families since 2004.