I found a good article at More magazine’s site. I have an on-again, off-again relationship with More, advertised as the magazine for “Women of Style and Substance.” It targets mainly the woman who is 40, plus or minus a couple of years. But there are still lots of helpful articles about health, style, and careers.
I did enjoy this piece, “Secrets of Aging Gracefully.” (It’s always secrets in lady-mags. Who is keeping all these secrets???)
The magazine asked four gorgeous over-40 women for their advice on aging with grace.
Here are some of my favorite suggestions, and I’d love to hear your views. The italics are directly from the article, the commentary is mine:
- Don’t sweat the small stuff. A lot of people my age are already dead. Life is a big wonderful ride, so don’t major in the minors.
- Relieve stress. Exercise daily, meditate, practice deep breaths, sing out loud, laugh a lot.
- Make the Most of What You’ve Got. Do an inventory of your considerable assets and work with them. E.g., I have a nice smile. And I am a great listener, so I can bring that asset to any situation.
- Don’t Neglect Your Hands. I do feel better about aging when I look down and see nicely groomed hands. I do my own manicures 90% of the time.
- Hop on a Plane. Travel is invigorating for the senses. Even if it’s not a plane, but just a subway or bicycle ride to somewhere new.
- Trust Your Instincts. We can trust our inner voices now; we’ve got experience!
- Stay Active. Stretching, yoga, walking, biking, even gardening keep us feeling young.
- Eat Mindfully. My days of Pop-Tarts for breakfast are long over. Now my body needs balanced nutrition.
|I still crave a Pop-Tart once in a while.|
- Own Your Age. I tell the truth about my age. There’s nothing embarrassing about having lived 59 years.
- Connect with the Young. I do this via music, sports, and staying involved with young people’s issues. I still care about accessible birth control for all.
- Bookend Your Day with Simple Pleasures. OK, here I must quote the article directly: “My one vice is coffee. OK, and wine.”
- Wear What You Want. We don’t need a distinct style-label (Classic vs. Feminine vs. Dramatic, etc). We’ve earned the privilege to express ourselves and dress as we like.
- Never Stop Learning. This is my favorite. Learning/trying new things keeps us vital and vibrant.
Have a fun-filled weekend and stay fabulous,