A to Z Guide to Thriving in Life

‘E’ is for Embracing Life

April 5, 2018
'E' is for Embracing life

'E' is for Embracing life

 

So far in my A to Z Guide to Thriving in Life, I’ve discussed:

  • Attitude and Auditing your life
  • The Importance of Inner Beauty
  • Conquering Change
  • The benefits of Disconnection and unplugging from Technology

If you have taken on board some the points I’ve made, you might be starting to feel more confident and in control of your life.  NOW IS THE TIME TO START ‘EMBRACING’ LIFE!

Age should not be a consideration when we talk about embracing life and I feel this quote from Gabrielle Blair certainly emphasizes this:

“Embrace the current season of your life”

We can all use excuses for why we are unhappy with our life.  We experience boredom and feel in a rut during any season of our lives – it is not just exclusively for the elderly.  Life can seem like it is a treadmill and we don’t seem to be getting anywhere or enjoying life.

When we are younger and in the Springtime of our life we are studying or starting families and life is just busy.

As we reach middle age and the period of the ’empty nest’, and for women the onset of menopause, some find it difficult to cope with this new phase of life.  It can be challenging to realise that you have reached a point in your life where you are free to do what you would like to do BUT you just don’t know who you are anymore?

During the Autumn and Winter of our lives we can become overwhelmed with aging bodies and losing loved ones and friends.  Retirement might not be what you had expected and you feel lost and set adrift.

These are all valid reasons for feeling unfulfilled or unhappy but rather than focusing on the negative aspects of life, we need to embrace each ‘season’ and ‘thrive rather than just survive’.

No one wants to be around someone who is spreading negative rather than positive energy, do they?

EMBRACING LIFE

Unfortunately, for many we don’t appreciate life until we are in a situation where we lose a loved one or we become ill and life then seems so much more precious.  We take for granted each day and are constantly saying ‘I’ll be happy when….’ or ‘I wish I could… when we should be taking time for gratitude and really living the best life we can.

How to start embracing life today

There are many ways we can start living and embracing life and all it has to offer.  However, IT IS UP TO YOU to make changes in your life that you aren’t satisfied with.

1. Start the day with gratitude

Making a morning ritual of waking and focusing on something you are grateful for in life will start your day in a positive and uplifting manner.  Some people journal their thoughts and read them regularly to remind themselves of all the good in their lives.  Some keep a jar of positivity and I’ve written about The Grateful Tree that is in the foyer of my mother-in-law’s aged care home.

2. Make a plan to achieve your dreams

There is nothing wrong with having dreams or goals – we all have them.  Instead of just talking about them, make a plan to make them happen.  Our dreams or goals are ours and that is the important part.  Some people have dreams of travelling the world or sky diving but for others their goals or dreams might be simpler yet just as vital to help them embrace and thrive in life.

Personally, I started running at 50 and decided that I wanted to run a full marathon (42.2km) before my 55th birthday.  It was up to me to achieve this but I worked and planned and the feeling of achievement as I crossed the finish line was something I will never forget.  It also taught me that anything is possible if you want it badly enough.

3. Try something new

Feeling out of your comfort zone can be scary and exhilerating at the same time.  Pushing yourself to try or learn something new will build self-confidence and bring a feeling of excitement to your life.  You are making your brain work which is great for our mental health and well-being, especially as we age.  ‘You are never too old to learn’ which is a cliche, I know, but my mother-in-law has proven that to be true.  Recently at her aged care home, she took up painting – something she had never done before and has discovered a new talent at the wonderful age of 92!

4. Exercise daily

Daily exercise is will not only improve our physical health but also our mental health.  I recently wrote an article on scientific results that showed how dancing has a profound effect on reversing the signs of aging in the brain and also improved balance.

Find some form of movement that you enjoy – walking, swimming, yoga, pilates, Zumba – the list is endless, at dedicate 30 minutes daily to making your body sing (maybe not at the time you are doing it) and your mood uplifted.

5. Socialise

As important as time alone and disconnecting from technology is in order to clear our minds, so too is socialising and connecting with others.  We need to find the right balance of connection and studies have shown that it is vital to keep social connections as we grow older.  I have often written about my mother-in-law who is in her 90s now and here experience moving to an aged care home.  At first, she was lost but the social connection and daily activities has brought her back to life and she is healthier now than ever before.

 

 

 

What is one thing you can do today to embrace life and start living the life you want?

In my next post in the A to Z Guide to Thriving, I’m discussing ‘F’ is for FUN – 3 ways to bring more FUN back into your life I do hope you will join me.

If you have missed previous posts in the AtoZ Challenge 2018 just click here to find them all.

You might also like to check out my Over 50 & Thriving series.  In this series, published every Thursday, guest writers give insight into what ‘Over 50 & Thriving’ means to them.

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24 Comments

  • Reply Melanie Crouse April 5, 2018 at 01:06

    I am working on doing the things I love, which is one of the reasons I’m doing this A-Z challenge! Until I stopped to think about it, I hadn’t realized how much these things had been pushed out of my life. This is a great reminder!
    Melanie’s Stories

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 5, 2018 at 09:49

      Even though AtoZ is challenging I am enjoying it too Melanie. We need to remember that if we are enjoying what we do then we should do it more often. I’m keen to read your stories so will be over to visit. have a great day!

  • Reply Beth Lapin April 5, 2018 at 03:28

    Today, I met my daughter mid-morning for a smoothie — not something I would normally do. It was so nice to stop and take a break, and spend time with her.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 5, 2018 at 09:43

      Oh that is lovely Beth! My daughter is going on maternity leave in 6 weeks and I’m looking forward to spending more time with her. Thanks for stopping by and have a beautiful day!

  • Reply Jo Tracey April 5, 2018 at 07:39

    We were only talking about the benefit of dancing at belly dancing the other day – by stimulating both spheres of the brain it’s keeping those paths open…or opening them in the first place.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 5, 2018 at 09:39

      I would love to do belly dancing Jo although I might be a little embarrassed at first. My friend loves Zumba and I’ve done that a couple of times. Anything that brings joy to our life as well as being healthy for us is a win/win. xx

  • Reply Jennifer Jones April 5, 2018 at 08:19

    Sue your A-Z posts have been very thought provoking for me. Especially as I think about looming retirement. I am trying to Ben race life and live in the moment. Your tips give me more to consider

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 5, 2018 at 09:33

      I’m so happy that you are finding the posts useful Jennifer. You have helped my self-confidence a great deal. x

  • Reply Donna April 5, 2018 at 08:41

    Hi, Sue – I LOVE this post and would like to link it to my ‘E’ post tomorrow (you are more than a full day ahead of me in the A to Z posts). Please let me know if this is okay with you.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 5, 2018 at 09:27

      Hi Donna, Yes! I would love you to link my post with yours. It is more than okay! Thank you my friend 🙂

  • Reply Natalie April 5, 2018 at 10:55

    Totally agreed with you, Sue. Look forward to your next post on Fun.

  • Reply Leanne | www.crestingthehill.com.au April 5, 2018 at 12:23

    I did a whole series a year or so ago on Embracing all the aspects of Midlife Sue. It’s such a fabulous stage of life if you look at it from the right perspective. We may be a little less robust than when we were younger, but we have freedom, independence, confidence, peace and joy – what more could you ask for?

    Leanne | http://www.crestingthehill.com.au
    E for Enjoy Life Today

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 6, 2018 at 10:19

      Perfectly said Leanne and I remember your series. Should be a e-book by now LOL:)

  • Reply Karen April 5, 2018 at 12:54

    A few years ago, I did a Scrapbooking project called One Little Word (by Allie Edwards). You pick a word for the year and then each month you get prompts that help you reflect on the word. My word was embrace. It was a great project.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 6, 2018 at 10:19

      Sounds like a great project Karen although I’ve never done Scrapbooking. I like the concept though.

  • Reply Debbie Harris April 5, 2018 at 19:11

    Another great post Sue!! Although I do like t be organised I also like to be spontaneous at times and think it’s something I can do more of, to embrace life. Thanks again for your thought provoking articles.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 6, 2018 at 10:15

      Thanks Deb I need to take my own advice as well!

  • Reply Stepheny Houghtlin April 5, 2018 at 23:58

    It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood as the song goes. Spring is NC though seen through pollen dust now, still is a cause for celebration. The dogwoods are beautiful this year in full glory for Easter. This is one way I Embrace life by observing and celebrating what is going on around me. Thanks for these reminders that the choice is mine each day how I will go forth. April with fellow bloggers is a great time to celebrate the hard work it takes to prepare for AtoZ. Glad we are sharing the blogging world. Hope you will have time to come visit again my theme this year: BOOKSTORES.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 6, 2018 at 10:14

      What a lovely way to celebrate embracing life Stepheny and it sounds like you are surround by such natural beauty. AtoZ certainly is a challenge but this year I have met some lovely people who I hope to continue the connection with after the challenge. I’m off to visit you now!

  • Reply Pat April 6, 2018 at 01:50

    Love this! A few years ago I had Joy as my word of the year… it taught me to find joy in each day. And my word of the year now is Soar… about activating the life (and person) I want to be. It’s all about learning to embrace life fully every single day. Great reminders on how to make that a reality.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 6, 2018 at 10:12

      Yes sometimes it is hard to find Joy each day, Pat but it is there – we just need to look harder sometimes. I’m loving your word for this year! Soar

  • Reply Karen Hume April 6, 2018 at 03:11

    Thanks for the reminders of ways to embrace life, Sue. I am at such a good place in my life that embracing it isn’t the problem. The problem is doing all of the things I want to do. It’s hard to prioritize when everything is so appealing!

  • Reply Arlee Bird April 11, 2018 at 03:18

    This is a great reminder to us all. I do try to enjoy life as much as I can, but I would do well to start embracing it.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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