What Is Your Attitude Towards Aging?

by | Sep 7, 2017 | Stories

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How is your attitude towards aging? Is it a healthy one where you accept the new gray hairs sprouting from your hairline and welcome the wrinkles causing your makeup to settle in on your face? Maybe it’s just the opposite – do you scour the media for tips and tricks to turn back time?

The good news is that you probably aren’t alone in looking for the next big fix to reverse the aging process – and it’s most likely not your fault. Thesaurus.com lists synonyms for aging as crumbling, declining, fading, slumping, and stale, so it is no shock the word aging has an attached stigma – crumbling sounds pretty terrible if you ask me. When skimming our favorite magazines, it’s literally impossible to pass by articles on the latest anti-aging solutions for your skin, face, or “anti-aging recipes that make you glow from the inside out”. UK scientists have even introduced an anti-wrinkle chocolate bar , enriched with the same antioxidant powers as 300 grams of Wild Alaskan salmon or 100 grams of traditional dark chocolate contested to reverse aging. The creators of the bar claims it can slow aging, boost circulation, oxygenation, and detoxification to keep skin looking up to 30 years younger, for $55 a month.

A new study published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences states it may simply be “your attitude” towards aging that directly effects how quickly you start seeing the signs of it on your health. Constantly obsessing over getting older or viewing aging negatively can worsen one’s cognitive abilities versus those who “maintain an upbeat attitude about aging”. Luckily, Allure Magazine is on board removing “anti” connotations from their publication, a step in the right direction of changing the way we talk about aging.

Allure Magazine, dedicated to providing the best beauty products and tips, trends, and more, has made a resolution to stop using the term “anti-aging”.

“Whether we realize it or not, we’re subtly reinforcing the message that aging is a condition we need to battle – think anti-anxiety meds, anti-virus software, or anti-fungal spray. “

Instead of dreading the inevitable we should appreciate the opportunity to age, as 64 year old Jo Johnson points out, “some of us don’t get the opportunity”. As Allure magazine affirms, language matters. When we talk about age, we tend to lean towards saying “she/he looks great…for their age” rather than a simple “she/he looks great”. It seems as if these qualifiers are added to our language once people hit a certain age; often not hearing them describe someone who is in their 20’s. No one is suggesting you give up your favorite wrinkle cream but instead alter our conversations on beauty for all ages.

Although age has utility as a good, general measuring device (for example, using age limits for driving, gambling, etc), ultimately it only translates to the number of revolutions the earth has made around the sun since you’ve been born. Ideally, it shouldn’t dictate how you feel, how you dress, what you eat, or how you choose to conduct yourself on a daily basis. It may be a cliche to say “age is only a number” and “you’re only as old as you feel” but making healthful choices and establishing habits which improve your mental, and physical being are the most reliable and effective “anti-aging products” in existence.

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