When we’re in our 20’s, we don’t usually have anxiety about getting older.
Back in my 20’s, I doubt I ever thought of what my life would be in my 60’s or 70’s. However, when we start approaching our late 40’s or 50’s, we tend to feel some apprehension about aging for various reasons.
Many people fear getting older and do everything they can to try to look and feel young.
Some use anti-aging products, or use a filter for any picture they post on social media. Others go all out and opt for plastic surgery. Still others will spend plenty of time at the gym or exercising and eating healthy, so they feel (and hopefully look) younger as they age.
What is that most people fear about aging?
Here are several of the most commonly reported fears as men and women creep up there in years.
Women have always had the tendency to exaggerate the truth when it comes to their age, but men do this too. Ask a woman her age and she tends to avoid the question or say that she is a few years younger than she really is.
Regardless of whether it’s a male or female, the body goes through some changes as the aging process occurs. It’s inevitable.
Whether it’s wrinkles, gray hair, weight gain, dark spots on the skin, jiggly underarms, sagging breasts, etc., the reality is that everyone goes through changes as they grow older.
Regardless of how many aging products one uses, getting older happens and the physical signs come sooner or later.
As you age, your body will go through some changes. You may be able to hide your wrinkles at 50, but at some age, you will just have to accept the fact that wrinkles come.
Acceptance is the key to getting over your fear of aging. Embrace the fact that aging occurs.
Do what you can do to cultivate an inner beauty that radiates through your physical body, take care of yourself by eating healthy foods, exercising, getting enough sleep, and have a healthy social life to add to your well-being.
You don’t have to view aging as a negative thing.
Many people fear losing their partner and/or children and are afraid of being alone. Surely, as people age, the likelihood of losing friends and family increases. However, this doesn’t mean that you have to live out the rest of your days alone.
You can prepare yourself in the case that you end up divorced or experiencing the loss of your beloved. A great way to do this is to have a circle of close friends and/or get involved in community events.
You can learn to become independent and feel confident that you can face life if you’re on your own. You could also get a roommate if that would help you feel more connected to others.
And, those who start really advancing in age can always look into living at a retirement home, where there are plenty of other people to connect with.
You can also work with that fear of being alone. Facing the fact that as we age, we may lose people important to us is not easy, but the more you can accept it, the less fear you will have.
If it’s more than you think you can handle, you can reach out for some help from a therapist to help you overcome that fear.
As people age, they tend to become more fearful of experiencing illness.
Of course, as we advance in age, the likelihood of experiencing ailments or illnesses does increase, but if someone is struggling with intense fear, it’s helpful to find some support to work through that fear.
Usually underneath such fears is the fear of the unknown. If you can try to work through that fear, you’ll be far less likely to struggle mentally with the fear of becoming sick.
Whether you’re a man or woman, you don’t have to live in extreme fear of getting older.
We can continually be working on ourselves mentally and physically for optimal health and overall well-being. Try to embrace the aging process. Do what you can and let go of attachment to the rest. Aging is a beautiful process and part of the human journey.
If you keep taking time to work on you mentally, physically, and spiritually, you can be a confident, radiant, joyful, and beautiful person at 50, 70, or 90.
Decide ahead of time that no matter how old you are, you will be a passionate person full of vigor, life, and joy as often as possible. Be an example to others who are struggling with fears of aging.
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