As much as we may dread it, aging is something that happens to all of us. Getting older doesn’t mean that the good times are over. We don’t have to sit in our rocking chairs with our knitting and remote controls for the rest of our lives. Remember that we’re all different. Just like we experience different challenges in life, we’ll experience different challenges as we age. Some people will age very well, yet for others it will hit a bit harder. However, there are always ways to cope with any challenges that you might face. So, how do we cope with getting older? I’m glad you asked. Here are some tips that may help.
Talk to people you trust
Communication is key. As we get older, we can’t isolate ourselves, and people truly want to listen. Find someone to talk to. If you have children, they really do want to listen and help. I know how much I love my parents, so if they’re going through things, I want to know. Find a friend to chat with if your family isn’t close or you’re alone. Don’t be afraid to reach out to a counselor either. It’s important to have someone you can be open with. Talk to them about any worries or concerns you may have about aging.
Oftentimes we make the mistake of thinking that people will automatically know when something is wrong and that they’ll approach us. Do you automatically notice it about other people? Even if you do, you probably don’t go to them because you’re afraid of saying the wrong thing. The people in your life probably feel the same. You might great at putting on a happy face when you’re actually not okay. How are they going to know?
As much as we don’t want to acknowledge that we’re getting older and aging, it’s not going to go away by ignoring it. We have to start admitting that things are changing, and we have to take steps to adapt to these changes. That might mean moving into a new place that is more practical and suitable for your needs or giving up your car because it’s no longer safe for you to drive. You might be having trouble trying to understand what your grandkids are saying ;with Miracle-Ear things will be easier. You knew that going to all of those heavy metal concerts were going to catch up to you one day! So, be willing to change. It might be hard, but it’s worth it.
Do things that make you feel good
Speaking of those heavy metal concerts, who says you have to give them up? There’s no reason to stop doing the things you love just because you’re getting older. In fact, when I attended a Metallica concert, the guy who was opening the show tried to find the oldest attendee. It turns out, it was a 71 year old man. Hey, when I’m 71, I hope the Jonas Brothers are touring! I’d totally go see them again. Why give up what you love just because you’re getting older. Sure, someone may have to drive you to the concert, and you might want to wear earplugs. Just go!
In fact, some people say that they start enjoying life more as they get older. They travel, join groups, take up hobbies and become more active as they come out of their shell. I find that as I get older, I care less about what other people think about me! I just do my best to be kind to people no matter how they treat me.
As with anything in life, letting your pride get in the way is never a good idea. It can sometimes be tempting, but it’s important to remember that asking for help is a sign of strength, not weakness. Remember what I said above, people might not know you need help unless you ask for it. So go ahead and ask for it!
Aging is not bad! It’s your attitude that determines how you’re going to age. Smile, ask for help when you need it, do things that make you happy, and don’t be too proud to ask for help. All of these things will help you cope with aging.