“To me, old age is always fifteen years older than I am.”………………Bernard Baruch
Becoming ageless is an attitude. And picking an “age” you feel you mentally are is the first of the triggers to becoming ageless.
Pick a year going back five or six years…or more. If you are sixty-five and you want to be sixty again, make that your new age. If you are seventy and want to be sixty-six again, make that your new age and program it into your mind, write it down and look at it and feel it in your heart. Maybe you are happy at your chronological age and want to be more active and have renewed energy, then pick your chronological age and stay there for a the next five years.
Check your biological age on www.biological-age.com and see how you measure up.
Talk to yourself. You are your best cheerleader to reinforce new behaviors, maybe even think of your voice as that angel on your shoulder; some person who you admire or felt you’d want to make proud. Maybe someone who you felt you disappointed in your early years and passed away. This is your want chance to prove yourself, spiritually talk to them, “O.K., Mom, I’m on it!” This voice is not positive thinking; it’s your mindset that’s talking to you to make better choices because you really know what’s best, you just need to do it. Listen to this voice and talk to this voice, brainstorming is good. A conversation might go like this:
“Nola, don’t think that mini skirt is for you,” says Voice #1.
“Yeah, but if I loose twenty pounds and work out like crazy, it would go great with my black stilettos,” answers Voice #2.
Just don’t have this conversation in public!
Pick a favorite old photo and while talking to yourself, agree to become that person again. Tape the photo to your fridge, headboard or make-up mirror. Someplace you can’t help but see it.
Because it’s important to be actively involved every day in to becoming more mindful and to live a more positive lifestyle, you are to dig out all the old photographs of yourself from as many years back as you can and in particular the photos of ten years ago. If you don’t have any or just a few, you might want to connect with family or friends that might have ones that can be copied and emailed to you. You not merely reminisce about yourself some 10 years earlier, but make a psychological attempt to be that person. Looking at these older photos is a “trigger” to remind yourself that you are still that person, but over the years you have been living with blinders on and not seeing small changes happening; and that if you had known, you would never have let it be.
When we feel our renewed energy and understand the knowledge that we are not limited to those past behaviors, we can make changes.