Aging is sometimes a concept that scares people, nobody wants to lose their youth or their figure, their hair, or anything else which they felt was part of who they are. Because of this, aging is difficult for many, and for good reason. It's understandable to want to stay young forever, though sadly, it's still impossible. Until science creates a potion that allows everyone to stay young forever, aging is inevitable. While aging may be impossible to control, you can control how you accept it. Accepting your body as it changes from aging may not always be easy, but it is possible. If Bob Dylan could go electric, you can accept your body. But how do you accept your body as it ages? Well, there are a few tips, such as:
Get Involved With New Things
Sometimes the first battle of acceptance is creating new adventures and an exciting environment. You won't think that you look so old if you don't feel that old. Half of body acceptance is perception, and if you begin to perceive yourself as a youthful, outgoing and fun person, you just may be able to see that your body is doing pretty great too. Get involved with new activities, hobbies, and people. Have fun and enjoy yourself, you're not dead yet.
Remember Things Change
Nobody is expected to look like they're 21 forever. According to Jane Byrne, project coordinator at a nursing home in Dublin, “Aging is normal, and it's actually pretty beautiful. Your body may be different, and certain things may not work as well, but you're still the same person. Just because you're not as young as you used to be, doesn't mean that aging is a bad thing.” You may be a bit older, but you also got to see all of the cool bands long before they were older too. Enjoy the memories, and remember that aging is normal, change is normal, and everything will work out, just adapt and have some fun, you deserve it.
Take Care Of Yourself
Perhaps the most important part of accepting your body as it changes with age is to take care of that body, as well as your mind too. Take that vitamin, and see your doctor. Cut out smoking and don't drink as much. If possible, become more active. For some people, seeing a therapist helps tremendously, not only with accepting changes but with staying healthy as well. Take note of what your body is telling you and follow its instructions. The better you feel, the better you'll feel about the changes too. Taking care of yourself is still very important, no matter what it involves for you.
If you're still having trouble with accepting your body, it may be best to seek support outside of your home. Join a support group or two, a meetup group for something you enjoy, or seek a therapist. You may also prefer to reach out to a friend who may understand as well. No matter which method, finding support is a great way to work past issues.
Work On What You Can
The best thing about owning a body is that you have the power to change a lot of things about it. Take a look at things you can change about your body, and then make a path to change them. This may be something like starting a workout routine or something as simple as cutting your hair. Find things you can do to make yourself feel better, and then set out to do them. Doing so will give yourself much better self-perception, which may help other things seem less severe.
Aging may not seem very fun, but it's actually pretty amazing. You've got to experience so many things so far, and you still have plenty more great things to experience. Just because your body may be changing, or some things may not work as well, doesn't mean that you still don't have a lot to offer. Get out there and have fun, meet new people, cherish those you have, and enjoy your life, the only person able to stop you is yourself. Don't let yourself stop you from having a great life.
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