Each year we celebrate a birthday, we either look forward to becoming a year older or we dread it.
It seems the latter tends to happen more often nowadays. Why is that?
Celebrating a birthday is an accomplishment! You have survived yet another year in our three-dimensional world! Another year where you’ve encountered trials, tribulations, challenges, celebrations and of course courage, strength and growth from your own personal experiences. That’s worth celebrating, don’t you think? 😀
Growing older is a mindset. After all, age is only a number which defines how long you’ve been living in your body in this particular lifetime.
Age doesn’t define maturity, not even intelligence. Ever met a person who is a teenager or in their 20s and they seem to have an “old soul”? Or ever met a person in their 30s or 40s and been mistaken that they were in their 20s? Surely it happens all the time!
Age is a mental limitation we have set upon ourselves. If you think you’re “old”, then you will believe you’re old.
And if you believe you’re old, then you will feel old. Guess what? Now you’re old (your words, not mine).
In my perspective, there’s no such thing as “old”.
Growing old is just a mindset. It’s a thought we have formed in our minds that justifies our reasons for not taking better care of ourselves, for not taking risks or chances in life, for not doing the things we’ve dreamt of doing ever since we were “young”, for not laughing as much or even entertaining new experiences.
It’s a thought we have formed in our minds that justifies allowing our bodies to take over, allowing our immune systems to grow weaker, allowing ourselves to believe that “we’re going to die someday anyway” and therefore giving in to what we think old age is all about.
Old is relative. Sure our bodies grow older, and weaker, and our metabolism slows down.
But you have the power to define what “old” means to you.
You have the power to take control of your bodies and your lives.
When I was in my 20s, I lived a repetitive (unconscious) lifestyle. I felt tired all of the time. Having fun ended during my teenage years and each year as I became older, I dreaded it. I remember thinking to myself, what’s going to happen to me when I’m in my 30s or even my 40s? I lacked energy, my health and diet was poor, I didn’t sleep well, and I lived the normal (stressful) life which consisted of waking up, going to work, coming home, taking care of my family and starting the day all over again.
I took care of everyone around me but I gave myself very little attention or time.
Finally in my early 30s, I took my power back. I tapped into my spiritual sense of self and learned how to love myself and appreciate the beauty of life. I dropped anything or anyone which no longer served me or my growth.
I learned how to eat better, cook healthy meals, dance and of course, how to put myself first.
If you’re in your 20s, 40s, 60s, 100s – even 10! – it’s never too early and it’s never too late!
Take Annette Larkins for example. Annette is 73 years young and she looks 40! Her diet has been a major contribution to her youthful appearance and health.
And then there’s Fauja Singh, the 104 year old ‘oldest marathon runner’ who is STILL running marathons! If these folks can master themselves and live life to their fullest potential, just imagine what you can do with yours!
So let’s redefine “old”, shall we? 😉
Here are 12 reminders on how you can look and feel fabulous once again! Remember, age does not define you or your physical limits. Take control and take chances. After all, this is your life! Live it, love it, but more importantly embrace it and just enjoy it! 😀
1. Drink plenty of water every day
Start your morning off with a glass of lemon water. If you’re feeling thirsty throughout the day, then you’re not drinking enough water.
Water helps to flush out toxins from your body and regulates your bowel movements.
2. Surround yourself with positive people
Stress will affect your physical health guaranteed. Unfortunately, many people can be extremely negative or toxic and believe it or not, it can take a toll on your own health. Distance yourself or remove these people from your life – even if it’s family. It doesn’t mean you don’t love them, it only means that you’re defining healthy boundaries for yourself and taking care of you first. Peace is crucial to your mental health and well being. Surround yourself with folks who will inspire you, uplift you, support you and help you to evolve in a positive direction.
3. Learning never ends – Read!
Learning never ends, not even after you graduate from college. Sure there are lots of information shared on TV, but reading is exercise for your brain and learning means expanding your horizons. Reading is gaining knowledge on a variety of topics with different perspectives, for pleasure or for information.
Limit yourself to watching television – especially the news – and get your information from articles or books. The negativity from fear-based news will surely bring additional stress to your life.
4. Meditate daily
20 minutes of meditation a day is all you need. Whether it’s sitting in silence, chanting, taking a walk in the park, listening to an instrumental track. Whichever it may be, take time to be silent and enjoy peace every single day. You will find yourself feeling more calm, more serene, looking and feeling younger AND you’ll be surprised how well you will handle difficult people (they’ll bounce right off of you). 😉 [Learn more about meditation]
5. Eat clean and whole foods
As we grow older, our bodies change. This we cannot avoid. We’re experiencing muscle aches, slower metabolism, health conditions, inflammation, you name it.
The solution is to change your diet. The foods we consumed during our earlier years (teens, 20s) don’t quite leave us feeling as energetic and vibrant as we used to feel. Opt for clean and whole foods. Fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds… Go local and organic. Eat fermented foods, take probiotics, drink kombucha! Reduce your gluten intake (or avoid it all together if you can) and try to cut as much processed sugars out of your diet as possible. The foods we feed ourselves will either make or break our health. You choose.
6. Do a cleanse every 6 to 12 months
A nutritional cleanse will help to remove toxins from your body, restore your body’s natural ability to heal itself, foster your spiritual and emotional being, re-energize you and leave you feeling younger and vibrant (and help you lose weight if you so desire).
There’s a 21-day program I’m quite fond of called The Clean Program by Dr. Alejandro Junger. It’s packed with plenty of information and recipes for meals.
7. Foster your spirituality
Having hope and faith, and believing that the Universe holds magic and wonderful things for us encourages us, fills our souls with joy, and gives life meaning and purpose. Whether it’s through a religion or not, find a way to connect with the Higher source.
The energy of love is everywhere and once you discover it, you will desire to foster it. In that case, life will never be the same. You’ll be love and that alone will add years to your life.
8. Get 7 to 8 hours of sleep
As you grow older, you require less sleep so this may not pertain to everyone. If you’re waking up with the use of an alarm clock and feel tired in the morning, you’re not getting enough sleep. If you can wake up without an alarm clock and feel rested, then you’re on the right track. Sleep is crucial. Our bodies are doing it’s stuff (digesting, healing, detoxing, growing) while we rest and catch those zzzz’s. Whatever you do, do not skimp on sleep. Lack of sleep affects productivity, memory and even your immune system.
9. Smile every day and laugh often
Did you know it takes more muscles to frown than to smile? A smile makes you approachable, helps you to connect with others and creates positive energy within yourself and with those around you. Be sure to smile, even if you telecommute or there’s no one around you. 😉
Don’t ever let a day go by without laughing. Even if it’s sharing something funny with family, friends or coworkers. Laughing is therapeutic (and addictive) and that’s a good thing!
10. Get exercise – Dance!
Exercise is extremely important as we grow older. In fact, it’s one way to boost your metabolism and leave you feeling energized. It also helps blood flow throughout your body and removes stagnant energy. Get some physical activity in your daily routine. Go to the gym, go running with your friends, take yoga or if you dislike exercising – go dancing! Dancing is fun, a great social activity and it’s wonderful for the mind, body and soul!
11. Practice what you preach
Be the example. Don’t just preach, but practice what you preach. Often times we have expectations. We see weaknesses or faults in others and we want them to change for the better. But have we taken the time to work on ourselves? To change for the better? To be a better person? 😉
In my case, if I desire my children to live a healthier lifestyle, then I need to do so as well. We learn by example.
If you want your family to communicate better with you, then communication needs to starts with you first. If you don’t like what’s happening throughout our world, then you need to take that first step to make a difference. Do something about it! Set your ego aside and remember, it is not our place nor our right to change anyone. You can only change yourself. Like attracts like and you may be able to encourage others to follow in your footsteps through your actions alone. Just be the change you wish to see in your world.
12. Just be yourself
Regardless of the pictures society has painted, the expectations of what defines a “normal” life, the expectations of cultural norms, the expectations from family or friends – who you are to be or how you should act – remember this. You are the one who has to live with yourself.
It’s your body and it’s your life. You’ve been granted this gift for a reason and it’s yours to use as you may, and enjoy as you’d like. You deserve happiness! So set aside any doubts, any limitations you hold in your mind, and any opinions from others. What people think of you is not your business.
Just be yourself, be you! And remember that God loves you just the way you are! ❤