Aging and You – Here are 5 Tips to Help You Navigate the Transitions

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How are you aging?

Aging.  What images spring to mind when you hear that word?

Do you recoil? Deny? Pretend?

Or do you embrace this life transition and all that it holds for you?

Pause for a moment and consider how the idea of aging fits into your world. Like time, the aging process is not something that we can stop. It moves along not matter how we feel about it.

But we certainly have choices about how we respond to it.

Aging is a fundamental fact of being alive.

From the moment we take our first breath, we are aging.  It’s a part of the human condition.

But. depending on your culture, your family, your values, and your perspective, you approach and experience this fact in your own, unique way.

5 Tips

Here are 5 Timely Tips help reframe your view of your aging, so that you can truly be with yourself as you live your moments, days and years.  I encourage you to integrate and implement these tips.

Why?

Because how you view the aging process will, to a large extent, define how you live it.

  • The process of aging occurs over time.
    Aging may sneak up and surprise you. Rather than worry, review the last few months. Can you identify the incremental changes in your efficiency? Use your new clarity to understand that these changes are a natural part of living.
  • Avoid denial.
    Compassionately and directly confront the realization that you move more slowly, and that it takes you longer to complete activities. It’s a temptation to deny the reality of these life changes and to tell yourself that things will return to their normal pace once you are less tired or stressed. However, this keeps you on the defensive. Instead, assert positive control by listing those tasks that now take you longer to complete. Then strategize accordingly.
  • Don’t react with anger or frustration.
    Encourage your feelings to flow, rather than churn in whirlpools. Staying stuck in anger or frustration diverts valuable energy from examining how you can adjust to your new pace. Instead, use your creativity and challenge yourself. Craft new and enjoyable ways to maintain your productivity, while accepting that the time required overall may be longer.
  • Don’t stay stuck in grief.
    Grief, too, needs to flow and then make way for the new. If you associate high productivity and accomplishment with self-esteem, you may initially feel like you’ve ‘hit a wall’ as you slow down. However, aging opens new gateways, if you look forward, not back. As you genuinely accept your real losses and honor your accomplishments, frame this as a time to stretch, savor, and celebrate what truly matters.
  • Use humor.
    Humor humanizes. Try to approach your friends’ complaints about the changes to their productivity with empathy and a humorous anecdote of your own. Negative attitudes are highly contagious, but a pragmatic view, softened by humor, creates an environment of acceptance.

Aging is a part of our journey through time, and it can be a wonderful, creative, and inspiring adventure.  Are you ready to join me in making it so?

Well, here’s something else that will help.

As you navigate any transition, it’s important that you be a friend to yourself. And that’s not always something that comes naturally.

We all have voices that chatter at us throughout the day. The Inner Critic is one of them. Learning to recognize (and counter) this destructive voice is one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself.

Beyond sapping your energy and confidence, your Inner Critic robs you of time and profoundly distorts how you see others and how you feel about yourself. So, what can you do?

Give yourself a big boost with my Exercise and Guide Book titled “These Critical Voices Are Driving Me Crazy!” How to Use Positive Self-Talk to Save Your Sanity and Your Time! This book offers simple, practical exercises, checklists and tips for learning to recognize and counter the critical voices that disrupt and hurt you.

You hold the power to make conscious choices about the kinds of messages you give yourself. As you exercise this power, you’ll develop new clarity and confidence – and transform your time. “These Critical Voices Are Driving Me Crazy!” opens the door and gives you a roadmap, so don’t wait.

Click this link to get started on your empowering journey today!

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