As you enter the last half of your life you have a valuable legacy to contribute! Don’t sabotage yourself! Many people start an “old mindset” which throws unnecessary obstacles in their way. Instead, shift your thinking from decline to powering up. Take these steps to turn around any thoughts, actions or beliefs that are keeping you from being all God created you to be during this incredible phase of life.
- Speak with strength.
Stop using words and phrases about getting older! We are ALL getting older – so what? Think before you speak:
“I’m having a senior moment.” Uh…there is just so much more to remember now and we are flooded with information through the internet, TV, new technologies, Social Media and much more. Everyone is finding it harder to access brain-stored information quickly. Give yourself grace and time to bring up the information you need. Say, “Hmmmm….I’ll take a moment to retrieve that info.”
“I just don’t get as much done as I used to.” That’s not a bad thing! In fact, wisdom tells us to slow down and enjoy life. We choose not to let others pressure us into hurrying anymore. Life is precious – at any age! Say, “It feels good NOT to hurry. I’ve learned most things don’t need to get done right this minute.”
“At my age, what can I expect?” Well, you can EXPECT to feel good! You can EXPECT for your knees to work. You can EXPECT to be sharp enough to learn new skills. Say, “I am going to move my body!”
- Savor the moments.
You have the wisdom to know that life is more than acquiring worldly possessions and successes or rushing from one thing to another. So take in the moments of life! Live them; savor them; treasure them.
Positive people in the last half of life:
- Let go and shift easily when things don’t go as planned.
- See life as full of fun and laughter. They realize things seem to work out.
- Enjoy people of all ages! They see the significance they have to offer.
- Value the insight they have from years of experience and maturing.
- Select several groups of friends.
Make a list of your different sets of friends. Enjoy being involved in different groups. Invite people to your home or to go for a walk; be involved in a book club or Bible Study; serve in your community; find a group where you can share your talent or learn something new.
List your groups. Such as:
- Bible Study
- Couple’s Group
- Volunteer or service team
- Professional organization
- Mentoring partnership
- Learning buddies: gardening, technology, cooking, music, geology, genealogy, health, collecting, etc.
- The group you teach a skill to
- Travel pals
- Exercising companions
- Stimulate your mind through contributing in a meaningful way.
I recently went to the Columbus Zoo with my grandson. There were many volunteers who helped visitors feed or pet animals or educated guests about the animal characteristics. They were ALL over 60! Many docents at museums or nature preserves are retired and have gone through special training to serve in this way.
Bake cookies for church if you want to, but also teach a class, share your skills on a strategy team, be part of a group that serves in the community. Use your gifts and talents. God doesn’t have a retirement plan for you!
- Stand, move, dance, sing.
More and more research warns us about sitting too long. The recommendation seems to be if you have a sitting job or sedentary lifestyle get up and move for 10 minutes of every hour. When you stand, it shifts toxicity out of your body, helps cells regenerate keep and retains muscle mass. Here’s a great article about this: https://www.washingtonpost.com/apps/g/page/national/the-health-hazards-of-sitting/750/
So GET UP! Dance a little, stretch, move your body! And BTW sing…even if you don’t have a good voice!
Surround yourself with people who support your good health! Have a group to exercise with. Find an excellent massage therapist who specializes in overall wellness. Exchange healthy recipes with friends. Try something new for exercise – a new route to walk, Pilates, yoga, stretching. Moderate is best.
Get rid of the idea that you are running out of time or that you can’t do certain things anymore. You ARE a person of significance, wisdom and joy. Take the opportunity to trade in your growing older mindset and increase your value and competence. Look in the mirror and say, “Ta-da!” Celebrate today – it’s the only day any of us has!