Midlife is the time to reflect but also a time to look forward and plan what you want for the rest of your life. Yes, the downside of midlife for women are the hot flushes, night sweats, mood swings and other symptoms of menopause BUT these can be controlled and should not be AN EXCUSE to give up on life, or how you look and how you feel.
Positive Aging is a wonderful term. Who wants to be bitter and twisted as we age? I came across the term ‘Positive Ageing’ reading a magazine and it made me pause and think. It appears to be the buzz term at the moment, however there is something in ‘Positive Ageing’.
The Australian Psychological Society describes Positive ageing as ‘a term used to describe the process of maintaining a positive attitude, feeling good about yourself, keeping fit and healthy, and engaging fully in life as you age..
So often when I speak with older people many of them appear to be full of the ‘bah humbug’ syndrome. I look at them and say to my husband “If I sound like that when I get older – shoot me!”
Of course not all older people are negative. We have some wonderful role models and mentors and I have them in my personal life. It is sad though to see people drifting through the last phase of their life and not making the most of it. We are living longer and there is no reason why we can’t live full and active lives for many years after we retire.
I accept that there is a lot of gloom in the world however we only have one shot at life so it is up to us how we want to be – Positive or Negative!
“I’m Taking The Positive Aging Route
Drop the fixation on Ageing and your Age.
The old saying “Age is Just a Number” is just that! Stop moaning about greying hair, expanding waistlines or ever increasing wrinkles!!! You have the power to change how you feel.
If you don’t like your hair colour – dye it!
If you don’t like your expanding waistline – exercise!
If you feel in a rut – do something about it! If you don’t know how read my post “Help! I’m in a Rut and Can’t Get Out”
It is all about doing something for yourself to make you feel happy and love yourself. It is different for everyone, you just need to find what is right for YOU and what makes YOU happy!
[bctt tweet=”Stop Feeling Sorry for yourself and change what you don’t like. You make your own happiness.”]
When was the last time you had fun or a good belly laugh?
I was sitting with my husband having breakfast in a nearby cafe. There were a table of ladies near us and they all sounded like a group of hens as they laughed, giggled and chatted. I thought about it and decided how lovely it was to hear them laugh and enjoy each others’ company. We all have our problems in life but we can still be grateful for what we have and find our own happiness.
I saw this great post on twitter – “You only live once, we always hear that, but the statement is false. Think about it you live every day. You only die once.”
Last week, I lost a wonderful friend. She was a beautiful soul, kind and loving and with a wonderful passion for life. She skydived with her grandson at 78 years old, was always active, volunteered at the local hospital, enjoyed playing bridge and loved cooking for people; and when her world fell apart and she lost her husband 18 years ago she kept going and made every day count.
Luciana had a way of making everyone feel special and always had a beautiful smile for anyone she met. Even when diagnosed with cancer and only given months to live she kept ‘positively ageing’. A remarkable woman, who I will miss terribly.
There is good news, a survey conducted by Active Ageing Australia found 80% of 50+ are happy and healthy! Are you one of those 80%? If not? Why not?
“For those midlifers who are starting to dwell on growing older make the choice now!”
So make the choice now to
- Be Healthy
- Be Positive
- Be Motivated
- Be Social
- Be Passionate
- Be Sizzling
“Be someone people love to be around.”
The biggest regret most people have is that they have worried too much in their lives.
“Stop worrying & start living – Live each day, Aging Positively.
Let’s Keep Sizzling!
This was part of #1Word Challenge – the word was ‘Happy’