Are you a person who does not like to believe that one has to accept the idea of aging? In other words, do you make the excuse, “I’ve had it with that old age, who wants to deal with it?” If you can identify a few negative aspects of aging, do you want to look at ways to slow down or stop them? If so, your response to these questions will determine whether you do accept the idea of aging.
People often feel that they have only a limited time to live and are not really concerned about their health or the main aim. With this mentality, people forget that age is something to be accepted. If they continue to refuse to accept aging, they might as well go to heaven before it’s too late. Once people accept the idea of aging, they can begin to strategize on how to delay or halt it.
The first step in this process is to understand the reasons why people don’t like to deal with aging. Although there are many reasons that are associated with age, the most common ones include the following:
Fear – The fear of death is the major reason why people want to deny the idea of aging. That is, after seeing their loved ones die young, the thought of their own death is frightening. With this attitude, people often live in fear of impending demise. Therefore, by denying the idea of aging, it may mean that they are not doing everything possible to survive.
Experience – Aging actually entails a lot of changes in one’s physical condition. For some people, they live with the notion that they are going to have to spend much longer in order to get better. This kind of thinking can often cause anxiety and a reluctance to accept aging. This is particularly true for older individuals who often see themselves as aging more slowly. Therefore, if one is looking to slow down the aging process, they need to examine their daily routine and consider ways to eliminate the discomfort brought on by physical changes brought on by aging.
Obsession – Obsession with aging comes in many forms. Some people may treat their own body as if it were still young, hence, getting their hormones out of balance, resulting in loss of muscle mass and degeneration of body tissues. In other words, they will continue to see themselves as young for a very long time.
Ageism – Another form of denial about aging is to treat biological age as something to be ashamed of. Instead, it is important for older people to embrace their age and accept the fact that they are getting older. By doing so, they are able to gain some perspective and realize that aging is part of life. The good news is that by accepting the fact of aging, one is also doing something positive to slow down the aging process.
Fear of Newness – Some people may fear the idea of aging due to the potential of losing memory, forgetting where they left the keys or slipping into senility. The good news is that this fear can be controlled by changing their lifestyle and behaviors. For example, older people can perform daily physical exercises and incorporate a healthy diet. If they continue to adopt healthy habits, they can begin to witness some improvement in their appearance.
You might wonder if aging really is that bad. Of course, in some ways, it is much worse than death because there is no getting back that which has been lost. As such, there is the fear of death that never really goes away and the fear of aging comes in very real form.
By accepting that age is part of life, there is hope for those who are afraid of aging. There are a number of things that older people can do in order to combat their fears of aging and to slow down the aging process. In order to begin this process, they should consider the following techniques: Improve personal life: The older one gets, the more essentially the quality of personal life is. One of the best ways to build a better personal life is to begin an active lifestyle and set aside time each day to exercise and maintain healthy eating habits.