Take the reins of aging by considering these actions. Many of you already have some version of them on your daily ‘to do’ list.
Acknowledge Your Value: If you don’t value YOU, then who will? Establish boundaries, defend your decisions, and speak up. Make yourself number #1 in your life. It doesn’t mean you don’t care about others; it means you understand the importance of self-care and self-appreciation.
Build Your Strength: Create and implement a daily routine that benefits your emotional, mental and physical strength. For example: self-care increases emotional strength; engagement tests mental strength; and movement builds physical strength.
Know Your Capacity: Do you know how much you can actually handle as opposed to how much you want to handle? Don’t let ego get in your way. Gauging your capacity helps you approach all your engagements with confidence and self-awareness. Establishing your capacity ensures you don’t bite off more than you WANT to chew.
Exercise A Mindful Mindset: Act mindfully. Communicate mindfully. Make mindful decisions. Being aware of how and why you engage allows you to put real thought behind your actions and be flexible in your mindset.
Expand Your Universe: Learn something new. Go somewhere new. Eat something new. Wear something new. Sometimes we settle into what’s comfortable and allow complacency to step in and make itself at home. Always be expanding.
Express Your Creativity: Allow your creative self to drive your self-expression. Discover what fulfills your inner passion and brings you the most joy—then, live that passion out loud!
Do You Know a Positive Ager? I’ll be featuring positive agers in this column. These are individuals who don’t allow aging to stop them from living life to the fullest. If you know someone, please contact me.
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Pat Landaker is a Certified Senior Advisor and an Aging Consultant. She serves on the City of Henderson’s Senior Citizens Advisory Commission and will be teaching Positive Aging in UNLV’s Summer Session. Contact her at [email protected]