The Changes You Go Through — How to Factor Them In as You Age


Make time to manage the changes you go through…

The changes you go through as you age can be daunting. But they needn’t overwhelm you.

Making time to manage the changes we all experience as we navigate the developmental stages of living involves a constant process of recognition and adjustment as we age.

It’s a process that brings great rewards because it keeps you in sync with yourself.

And managing the changes you go through can be particularly important as you move into middle age and beyond.

Change is constant…

You see, it’s a fact of life that we are actually always in a state of change and transition.  It’s also a fact of life that we generally notice these changes only when we bump up against them.  But this doesn’t have to be a jarring experience.  The more we can be aware of the inevitability of change, the less disconcerting it is when we come upon it.

If you are someone who has always enjoyed being energetic, efficient, and productive, you may notice a shift in what you are able to accomplish in a particular span of time.  It happens gradually, but the realization may feel sudden.  Perhaps one evening, you find yourself feeling puzzled and frustrated because you just can’t pack as much into a 3-hour span as you used to.

This is normal and comes as we get older.  It is also a process that continues, for as long as we are lucky enough to be here.

Managing the changes you go through…

So, here’s how I suggest managing the changes that come with aging – my 3 A’s of Aging:

  • Acceptance:  Acceptance of reality is the base for everything that follows.  It involves both seeing-what-is, and also honestly experiencing your feelings about it.  Acceptance gives you a solid foundation to build on.  Without acceptance, you will be constantly surprising yourself as you bump into inevitable changes that you are choosing to deny or ignore.  This can be a bruising experience.
  • Adjustment:  Once you have accepted the fact of change, you free up your energy and creativity to adjust.  This may mean changing the way you do things.  It will also entail changing your expectations.
  • Agility:  As a dancer, agility has always been a foundational skill for me; and I love carrying the concept of agility into my aging process.  Now, agility in the face of change is more of a mindset than a musculoskeletal capacity.  But either way, it is a great plus, and a key element in my toolbox, as I continue my journey through time.

Do you notice age-related changes in yourself as you move through your day?  How do they affect your energy, focus, and productivity?   Try keeping track of this for a week, and see what you discover.  And don’t forget to be aware of your feelings about it all.  These are things that you are likely to experience as losses.  As you accept this, you can transform it.

Want more help?

Change is a fact of life, but do you sometimes feel like it’s coming at you too fast? Or does it pop up unexpectedly and throw all your plans awry? Well, I’d like to share a time tool that helps. no matter what kind of change you’re dealing with.

It’s titled How to Partner with Change and Aging, and to discover more about it right now, just click here:

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