Ageing is something that none of us can escape. We’re all ageing and our changing bodies and faces show it – although, some people can appear to age faster than others.
Your body’s gradual ageing might not be as much of a shock as the more rapid changes caused by things like puberty or pregnancy, but it can still feel hard to adjust. Even if you love your body when you’re younger, it can be difficult to adjust to it as it starts to show the signs of ageing. Learning to love your body as it gets older helps you to feel more comfortable in your skin and ensures you have more confidence and self-esteem.
Avoid the Media Portrayal of Ageing
Facing your own ageing is often made more difficult by how ageing is portrayed in the media. Any older people that you see are often those who have aged most gracefully or people who have had a lot of cosmetic procedures to stay looking young. If they’re not the fittest and healthiest examples of ageing, they might be photoshopped and touched up when you see photos of them. These kinds of portrayals aren’t exactly helpful when you want to feel good about your own body, so it’s a good idea to try and avoid or ignore them.
Focus on What Your Body Can Do (and Has Done)
It’s easy to get too focused on what your body looks like, and you can forget to think about what your body is capable of doing. Even as you get older and you might not be able to be as active, your body is not only still capable of doing plenty of things but it’s been through a lot too. Think about all of the amazing things that your body has done, whether it’s growing and birthing a baby, running a marathon, or just going on a long walk. Staying active as you get older can help to remind you of what your body can do and all the different ways you can use it.
Spend Less Time Checking Your Body
We can all get obsessed with the ways that our bodies change from day to day, especially when we start to notice the signs of ageing. You can’t help but look at yourself in the mirror or in a shop window, or to examine yourself when you shower or undress at the end of the day. But obsessively checking your body for things that have changed and things that you don’t like about it isn’t a good way to have a relationship with it. Thinking about the things that you do like about your body is better, but it’s a good idea not to focus too much on what you look like.
Take Care of Your Skin
Your skin is one of the things that shows the signs of ageing fastest. From lines and wrinkles to age spots and thinning skin, your skin can show that you’re getting older. Taking good care of it helps you to protect your skin as you age and slow some of the signs of ageing too. For some people, that might mean getting a facelift to tighten the skin around your face. Others might focus more on protecting their skin from the sun to prevent sun damage. You might not focus so much on what your skin looks like but rather on how to keep it healthy. However, healthier skin will look more youthful too.
Stop Weighing Yourself
Having a set of bathroom scales can mean that you’re tempted to weigh yourself often. Perhaps you step onto the scales once a week or even every day. While weighing yourself might be something that you do if you’re trying to lose or put on weight, especially for health reasons, it’s not necessarily healthy to keep a very close eye on your weight. Fluctuations in your weight can be very normal, and you might find yourself putting on or losing weight as you get older. Weighing yourself now and then might not be so bad, especially for health reasons, but too much weighing can make you obsess over your weight.
Come to Terms with Ageing
It’s a fact that we all have to get older. There’s no way to both continue living and stop ageing. It’s important to come to terms with that and realise that the ageing process is normal. In fact, it’s a privilege to get older – some people don’t get that chance. By getting older, your body is doing what it was built to do. Hating it for undergoing a natural progression isn’t going to do you any favours. You can get older and look good, as well as feel good, without focusing too much on trying to stay young.
Unfollow Social Media Accounts
In the modern day, there’s another way you can end up getting obsessed with ageing. Social media has entered many of our lives and along with it is another way for celebrities and now influencers to change the ways we think and feel about our bodies. You might find yourself feeling jealous or experiencing negative thoughts due to some of the social media accounts that you follow. Unfollowing these accounts is a good idea, but you don’t have to quit social media. You can stick to family and friends or only follow accounts that make you feel more positive.
Feel Neutral About Your Body
It’s not always easy to love your body all the time. But you don’t have to think that your body is amazing, either. Sometimes, it’s just as healthy to think about your body in a more neutral way. There’s no need to love or hate your body. It just is. Your body is there to function in lots of different ways, so you don’t necessarily need to feel one way or another about what it looks like. Its main purpose is to keep you alive so you can enjoy the world around you.
You can’t stop your body from ageing, but you can have a good relationship with your body as you age. Think about your body in a more positive or even neutral way as you get older.