Is it activity that keeps us young, or is it something else? Personally, I don’t believe it’s physical activity that keeps us young. There are some days when it can make us feel much older. You know what I mean; those days when everything aches, especially your knees!
But I do believe, most strongly, that keeping our brains active and running on all cylinders, keeps us away from the stereotype of the lazy old lady.
We can create whatever we choose by changing the way we think, our mindset, our language and our attitude.
We can change the way we speak about others and ourselves. In fact, being careful with our language when we talk about ourselves is crucial.
Listen to what you say about yourself and when you recognise it as negative, start reframing.
If you constantly use the “I’m not enough” talk… I’m too fat, I’m too old, I’m not smart, I had no education, I don’t look as good as all my friends… STOP. This is your low self-esteem talking and you need to pull it up by the bootstraps.
Take a look at my Stocktake page which provides a flow chart on where to begin and where to go.
It’s a process which involves:
Change in our mental ability is expected and accepted as we age, but it doesn’t necessarily mean deterioration.
If you exercise regularly, be it dancing, walking, weightlifting, running marathons, whatever, well done of you. Keeping physically active helps your brain to keep ticking over.
I think we all know that a healthy body is a healthy mind, and we must all mentally stimulate ourselves to stay sharp and alert.
There are plenty of things you can find to do here on Sixty and Me. Plus a few other things which you may not have added to your repertoire. Yet.
How about trying one or more of these?
Several years ago, I wrote a book called 25 Ways to a Happier, Healthier You and everything within the book is not only a plus for your physical health but is geared to expanding your mind.
One of the effects of the pandemic has been a general lack of socialisation; especially for the elderly. But we all know that social contact helps memory and concentration, so new people or even the old people, are good to be around.
Of course, much of this is tricksy if you’re still isolated. But it can be done. So determine that you will take control of your mind and never become a lazy old lady.
Have you turned into a lazy old lady? Why do you think that is? What can you do to move away from that stereotype? Please join the conversation!