Aging isn’t always easy. It presents challenges we often feel unprepared for. It can sometimes even feel distressing. Maybe you struggle to watch as your body changes or notice that you’re fighting with yourself to do things that were once easy. Aging can be frustrating. And as these feelings add up, it can be common for people to find themselves in a dark, unhealthy hole of negative self-talk.
Even if you feel rather confident in your skin, the anti-aging rhetoric often pushed by the media can make it easy to feel doubt or discouragement. We’re here to flip the script. Aging is beautiful. It’s a gift that should not be taken for granted. If you catch yourself casting shame, or displeasure with yourself, this challenge is for you.
We know optimism isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. But if you’re looking to make a change in the way you see yourself, and the way you treat yourself, (or others), give yourself the next ten days to try this out.
- Day 1: Make a list of 3 things you are grateful for.
- Day 2: Go on a 30 minute walk, and try to notice at least 5 things you’ve never noticed before.
- Day 3: Get dressed up, just for fun.
- Day 4: Pick out a new recipe to try, and make it!
- Day 5: Reach out to a friend, neighbor, or family member — someone you love, and have a chat.
- Day 6: Get rid of five things you don’t need anymore.
- Day 7: Do something for yourself – perhaps a spa day, a movie day, a day to read, to garden, or to sleep in — this day is for you!
- Day 8: Write down a list of the things worrying you, and a list of the negative things you tell yourself. After reflecting, dispose of the lists. You can throw them away, or even burn them.
- Day 9: Send positivity to others. Whether it’s something you say or do, spread goodness to three other people today.
- Day 10: Add to the gratitude list from day 1. Make it as long as you want, and add even the small things that bring you joy, then celebrate your success.
Everyday: You should try to get up and move every day. It doesn’t have to be for 30 minutes like on day three, but physical activity is proven to increase overall health and will give you the energy to accomplish the things set out before you.
Afterward: Return to this list and repeat the challenge any time you need a small boost or positive influence.
Positivity has the power to shape a better life and a peaceful spirit. By taking responsibility for your mental health, you are welcoming the idea of self-love, and oneness. Of course, this is often easier said than done, so practice patience and forgiveness with yourself. If you are unable to complete the list the first time you try, that’s okay. Return when you are feeling ready, and honor yourself for the progress.