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?
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.
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.
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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