While nobody wants to get old, it should be seen as a privilege. Being able to grow older and wiser is natural, but is not afforded to everyone. Therefore, if you are lucky enough to live long, you should know the best way to do it. We are able to partly take control of the speed of both physical and mental aging process by being proactive about our health. By Dr John Demartini
The Physical Aging Process
If you are having difficulty appreciating your body the way it is, there is certainly nothing wrong with making a few changes or refinements. This can make you feel more alive and once that begins on the outside, it often takes root on the inside. So either love yourself the way you are, or transform yourself into what you love.
Appreciate Your Next Stage of Evolution
Alternatively, consider writing down 100 reasons why your body is beautiful the way it is. This helps you appreciate your next stage of evolution. Think of all the benefits of your current age and turn them to your advantage. When you value your body, so will others.
If you are concerned that your partner may not find you attractive as you age or you won’t find a new relationship if they have left you, remember that the attraction between two people also starts from within. It begins with an open and loving personality and this, as much as outer physical looks, stands the test of time.
Increase your self-esteem
To increase your self-esteem physically, stand in front of the mirror and look for the things that you admire about yourself. When you can admire yourself, so will others.
The Mental Aging Process
There’s no doubt that high levels of emotional stress can accelerate the physical aging process. You have probably met at least a few individuals who have experienced what they imagine to be extremely stressful events. Maybe a divorce, the death of a loved one, a reduction in income or the discovery of a serious health issue. These all can accelerate the aging process quite rapidly.
Don’t Have Regrets
Stress is a feedback mechanism to make you aware that your perceptions and emotions are unbalanced.
If your attitude is that you are too old to start something new, then I guess your body will make your prophecy come true. You decide how old or how young you are going to be. When you don’t decide, then someone else will. Any area of your life you don’t empower – someone else will overpower.
Many older people have regrets that they did not achieve what they wanted out of their life and they mourn lost opportunities. The truth is if you truly wanted to do so many things, then you would have done them. All decisions were made according to your true hierarchy of values or those things that were most important to you at that time. If you did not get to do something, it is because you had other, more important or fulfilling things to do at that time. Honor what you have done.
Increase Your Vitality To Slow the Aging Process
Anything you can’t say thank you for in your life will run your life until you become grateful for it. Try making a list of how whatever you have done has served you and others. Don’t stop compiling that list until you can look in the mirror and be grateful for who you are and for what you have achieved so far.
To increase your vitality and energy levels, awaken a cause greater than yourself and your obstacles. To be alive is to serve and reward others and yourself. As long as you can breathe and move a muscle, you can contribute to the world in some meaningful and significant way.
Dig deep inside yourself, locate that inner drive for service and make a difference in someone’s life. This will renew your own spirit and revitalise your heart and soul. You will feel alive and younger.
You are never too old to start or to learn something new.