Earlier this year, my posts concerned goal setting and staying on track…What about when life sends you a curve ball OR our societal norms and cultural engrained ways of behaving creep into our mindset?
Whether you are 20 something or 40 something, our culture has built stereotypes with regard to looking and certainly behaving certain ways. Christiana Northrup, board certified ob/gyn has recently shed more scientific light to the notion that you are only as old as you feel!
One powerful comment she made in her writings is that “aging” and “growing older” are not synonymous. Aging, shows on the outside after it begins from the inside (down to cellular levels). Growing older, is entirely up to you! That’s the beginning of awareness to create a mindful shift.
We need to stop blaming our health problems on our age because the mind believes every word you say. Again, notice your language about getting older or a minor setback due to injury and the messages you receive or even tell yourself.
Think of it this way…regardless of where you are today, this minute…you could become more flexible, happier, more fit, more optimistic, and eat better starting now regardless of your chronological age. The New York Times (Oct 20 2014) wrote of a study that older people with more positive outlooks walked faster, had better handwriting, recover faster from disability, and actually live longer on average by 7.5 years!
Dr. Northrup’s best advice “You can’t change a belief that is unconscious. But once it is, then you are in the driver’s seat of your own life.”
People who have been known to age more gracefully have learned to manage stress in their lives…Whether it’s meditation, taking a couple minutes to unplug from technology each day, walking away from your desk periodically throughout the day, or even forcing yourself to take lunch away from your desk. Exercise is certainly one of the more beneficial methods to tame your stress.
Taking care of yourself should not be delineated to the weekend hours, leaving yourself entirely neglected Monday through Friday. “You are as young as your faith, as old as your doubt, as young as your self-confidence, as old as your fear; as young as your hope and as old as your despair.”- Douglas MacArthur