How our Thoughts on Aging Create Limitations

Age is just a number quote

How our thoughts on aging create limitations in our life. What is the connection is between anti-aging, limitation, fear, and gratitude. I hope to connect the dots for you in this post.

1) We create limitations based on our age

We age ourselves when we tell ourselves we are too old to wear certain types of clothing. Too old to learn something new or take up a new challenge. Don’t let your age create limitations by dictating what you can’t do. Instead, look for opportunities that expand your mind and challenge you mentally and physically.

  • Never stop learning, pick up a hobby or learn a new skill.
  • Challenge yourself physically by taking up a new activity like tennis, yoga, or pilates.
  • Don’t tell yourself you can’t do something without even trying!

2) We become more fearful

It is not uncommon to become more fearful and experience more anxiety as we age. Things we used to do without blinking an eye now cause us to hit the pause button! Risk-taking decreases as we get older, and we are less willing to participate in brand new activities. When we step out of our comfort zone, we counter this fear by giving something a shot without immediately shooting it down.

Scuba Diving in Jamaica
Scuba diving for the first time in Jamaica

3) We see the glass half empty

No matter how you slice it when you see the glass half empty, you focus on what you don’t have rather than what you do have! This is sometimes referred to as a ‘scarcity” or “lack” mentality, believing that there is never enough.

How to swap our negative thoughts for positive thoughts

I will be upfront on this topic and say it’s not easy to change how you think, but the rewards make an effort worth it. It’s helpful to understand how the brain works to that end. I recommend Dr. Joe Dispenza’s book, Becoming Supernatural and Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself. A couple of other reads that were game-changers for me, The Universe Has Your Back by Gabrielle Bernstein and an easy-to-listen-to version of A Course in Miracles, referenced in many of the books I have read on spirituality.

1) Read books that inspire and motivate change

How our Thoughts on Aging Create Limitations

Set some intentions for the day

Make it a habit to start each day with a short meditation, prayer, or quiet time to reflect on how you would like to see your day go. And don’t get bent out of shape if things don’t go exactly as planned; sometimes, the plan has to change!

Practice Gratitude

It is plastered all over the Internet that a practice of gratitude has been proven to have a huge return on investment! Expressing gratitude daily helps minimize the scarcity or lack mentality that can bubble to the surface when we aren’t paying attention!

Make a habit of including a daily dose of gratitude to your intention checklist!

Get your happy on

Wisdom definitely comes with age. At 62, I think I am finally am getting the hang of this! So many doors opened for me when I had a meltdown at work in 2018. I knew I was 50 percent of the problem and had to make some changes to keep my job and repair friendships. I spent a lot of time on my yoga mat that year and yoga was the catalyst that started the change for me and the springboard to a new way of thinking!

Happiness is the way  by Dr Wayne Dyer

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