The key to living your best life is to stop worrying about your age

-Jul 31, Hannah Hargrave , Living -

Getting older is a fact of life and yet as the years pass many of us struggle to accept it, letting panic over ageing take over. But it’s not only possible to shift the negativity over a number, it’s important for your physical and mental health too. 

If you’re someone who gets an impending sense of doom instead of elation as your birthday rolls round it’s time to move above and beyond your fear of numbers and realise life is about so much more than age.

It’s not difficult to see why adding another candle to your cake can cause anguish for some people. While as a youngster age often signifies exciting milestones such as when you can drive, wear makeup or head off to university.  But later in life people are more likely to link 40, 50 and 60 to various health screenings and ailments instead of seeing all the positives things on offer.

So if you want to start truly enjoying your life and quit being ruled by the year you were born remember these things.

It’s never too late

Part of the reason people don’t like birthdays is because it’s a reminder for them of what they haven’t achieved in life, rather than what they have. 

But unmet goals and dreams don’t have to be buried along with the year that’s passed. Instead of getting down over what you haven’t done, get up and do it. Having the mentality that it’s never too late to try something new or fulfill a life long ambition will keep you young and ensure you really are living life to the max.

Related: ‘How learning has kept me young and in love’

Worrying is pointless

What is the point in worrying about something you have absolutely no control over? Worrying raises stress levels and does nothing for your physical or mental wellbeing and can actually make you age quicker! Next time you feel yourself entering the worry zone remind yourself it isn’t going to change, prevent or fix anything and instead try shifting your energy to something positive.

Ageing is a good thing

There’s so much to look forward to later in life and it most certainly isn’t all downhill after 40. Focus on all the positives; you’re more knowledgable, care less what people think, have more freedom, maybe more money and many women say after 50 they found a newfound confidence too. 

Health is more important than age

Rather than focusing on a number you should be zoning in on your health. It doesn’t matter if you’re 30 or 60 if you’re not looking after yourself. So adopt a healthy lifestyle with exercise and a balanced diet because feeling more youthful is a huge step towards living your best life, no matter how old you are. 

Related: How to fall in love with exercise again

Getting older is a privilege

As Jane Seymour once said: “Growing older is actually a privilege” and one that’s denied by far too many people. When you think about the alternative to getting older it makes you sit up and take stock of your life and remind you of how grateful you are to be here. 

If you enjoyed this article you might want to find out what other pearls of wisdom Jane Seymour has to offer about life and also meet the women who have started an age revolution.

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