Aging Bodies as a 66-Year-Old Woman
I’m almost 66 years old, and my body is changing. I’ve always been active, physical, a dancer and yogi and mover and shaker. I have always had a lot of energy. But I am noticing changes. I’m not as strong as I used to be, and I don’t have the same energy, close, but not the same. I get frustrated sometimes with these changes, but I’m learning to accept my aging body and appreciate all that it’s done for me. And it has done a lot!
My body has been my many forms of expression, physically and emotionally, spiritually, and mentally, for all of my creativity, and it has also been my money maker! As a dancer, global traveler, and teacher, it’s always been of the highest and utmost priority to keep strong, fit, and healthy, so I could do all the things I have already done.
And baby, I am not done yet.
Here are a few things I’ve learned about aging bodies:
- They’re not perfect. My skin is getting more and more wrinkled, my hair is grayer and grayer, and I have some new aches and pains. These are just the signs of a life well-lived.
- They’re strong. My body has carried me through a lot, and it’s still going strong.
- They’re capable. I can still do the things I love, even if I have to do them a little differently. Because taking care of this body, this temple is high priority, still. Because I want to feel good in my skin.
- They’re beautiful. My body is beautiful, just the way it is. Amen and hallelujah! That doesn’t mean I quit taking care of it, or keep improving it, being connected within and without,
I’m proud of my aging body. It’s a testament to my strength and resilience. I’m grateful for all that it’s done for me, and I’m excited to see what it will do in the years to come.
I’m never one to say, “growing old sucks”, or growing old is awful”, etc. I LOVE getting older, I love having new experiences. I love dancing and moving this body. I love continuing to use my new creative adventures and expressing all of it, sharing it with you too! And I love continuing my work of guiding women into their best selves, especially as we age and shift, and change values and ideas and projects and work and pleasure. This is my passion and my continuing focus.
As you aging, growing deeper into your life with new ideas of expansion, connection, and acceptance, I encourage you to embrace your changing body. It’s a beautiful thing.
Remember too, that your words matter. What you say about yourself, your aging processes, your body, is so important for your own well-being. Thoughts become words become things. If you say how hard it is to grow older, it will be. If you say, growing older sucks, then it will. Even if you are joking, your brain hears you. So try saying nice things about yourself. For reals… But if you say things like, ” I love my life”, or ” I love being in this body”, or I accept how my body is changing, I have worked hard for all this beautiful gray hair and these wrinkles”. Highlight yourself, my friend!
Here are a few tips for aging gracefully:
- Stay active. Exercise , and movement, is important for keeping your body strong and healthy. Keeping the joy of movement and flow can be delightful! Get off the couch…
- Eat healthy. Food is medicine. Absolutely. A healthy diet will help you maintain your weight and energy levels. And all things related. Don’t need all those pills to mask new symptoms, I maintain a vegan diet, love to cook and eat healthy, non-processed foods, and don’t fall into consumeristic or hedonistic ways of eating and drinking. I eat things that make me feel good, and strong, and also adhere to my values ( no harm to any living creature)
- Get enough sleep. Sleep is essential for repairing your body and restoring your energy. I still don’t sleep as good as I would like to, but I also enjoy daytime napping! LOL!
- Manage stress, my friend. Stress can take a toll on your body, so it’s important to find ways to manage it. Sometimes, it is letting go of a work ethic, or your ego, or rewiring your old habits. That’s where I come in as a coach, to help you live with more joy, ease, comfort, abundance, and success!
- Stay positive. A positive attitude can help you age gracefully and enjoy your life to the fullest. That’s what I mean about paying attention to the words you use to describe your life and your lifestyle. Be kind and look at yourself with love and pride, as a woman, a maiden, a mother, a woman coming into midlife or cronehood — wherever you are on your life journey…
- Continue with self-education and self-growth. I still love taking classes, working with my coach for my business and life work, getting to the gym, and exploring new things. Life is awesome and I love being curious.
- Nature breaks. Get outside. Smell the roses, Breath deep. All day long.
- Journal! Get it out of your head, out of your body, and onto the page. Free yourself and your mind.
- Gratitude, baby! Daily gratitude, acknowledging all that you are, have done, can do.
Aging is a natural part of life. We all do it, Embrace it and enjoy the journey! Let’s move forward with beautiful grace, love, and reverence. Body as temple!
Honoring our elders is something our society has lost, and we can bring it back, by YOU, loving the process, sharing it, and becoming the wise one that you truly are.
You aren’t done yet either. Step into all that you can be.
If I can help guide you, as your coach for transformation, for clarity, for your new vision, please schedule that call with me, your free discovery call to see if coaching is what is next for you to enjoy your new path, your new vision, your new values. Aging with grace, dignity, and freaking excitement! Hell yeah!
Book that call now with me, I have openings in August for a few new clients, and I would love to know what you are wanting next…
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Let me know what hits you about this musing today,
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