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Readjusting to life as we get older can feel tough. There’s all sorts of things we have to get used to. It can be hard, adjusting to life as our bodies get a little weaker or more tired, as we learn to cope with different aids and devices that we need, or simply navigating life knowing that we’re no longer in the spring of our youth.
While it’s true that age is just a number, sometimes it can be a little tricky accepting that your body can’t handle all the things you once used to enjoy. They say wisdom comes with age, so why don’t you feel more at peace?
These might feel like lonely feelings, but most people feel this way from time to time. It’s just a matter of learning how to cope with those feelings and continuing to push forward, living life unapologetically, staying healthy and happy while managing these very normal feelings.
Whether you’re struggling with no longer having the energy to manage a thousand projects, dealing with some insecurities about your appearance, learning how to change your hearing aid batteries, or some other struggle, it can really be a blow to your self-confidence, facing that you’re getting older.
But it doesn’t have to be.
Do What You Love
One benefit of aging is that often you end up having a little more time to spare for things you love doing. Whether you’ve retired, or your kids have grown up and moved out, use that free time for “me time”.
Readjusting to life is a great opportunity to pick back up on a hobby that you long ago abandoned, or better yet, discovering a new one. Whether you have a passion for basketball, enjoy cycling, love painting landscapes or have always wanted to take a dance class, why not go for it?
These activities will re-invigorate your zest for life, helping you look and feel younger, and cultivating one’s mind and body is a good idea for everyone, especially in times of uncertainty and stress.
Making healthy choices is more important than ever. Young people can sometimes get away with eating junk and avoiding exercise and water, but as you age, your body needs more TLC. You may find that you have less tolerance for various foods and that you need to take special care with diet and exercise. That’s a good thing. It means your body is talking to you, and you should listen as you readjust.
Eating a diet low in carbohydrate, taking a daily supplement, drinking lots of water, getting good exercise, a good night’s sleep, a skincare routine including regular sunscreen, are all important parts of staying healthy, fit and active. Don’t neglect them!
Talk to Someone
Regardless of age, if you’re struggling with feelings of deep sadness, anxiety, depression, or low self esteem, there are many people out there who can help.
Reaching out to a coach or someone you care about to talk through these feelings is a wonderful step towards positive mental health. There’s no shame in talking out your feelings and getting outside support from a caring, experienced professional.
You’re far from the only one who experiences these types of feelings and talking it out with someone who understands and has helpful coping tips can make you feel so much better. You owe it to yourself!
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