Growing older is something none of us can avoid, but for some reason that doesn't seem to stop us from feeling surprised and/or depressed when it starts happening. We look in the mirror, shocked to see fine lines and grey hairs, our bodies taking on new unfamiliar shapes before our very eyes. We start to see technology and trends pass us by and we feel disconnected - we're becoming our parents! To make matters worse, when we're single, we tend to notice aging even more, feeling out of place in such a youth-oriented media. But as Mark Twain said, "Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter." So how do we keep ourselves feeling young on the inside, so the external signs of aging don't bother us as much?
Tips on Feeling Young
1. Stop worrying about what others think. Confidence is a quality that both men and women find sexy, and when we exude it, it makes others attracted to finding out what's behind that fabulous positive energy. The only way to feel confident however, is to be your authentic self, no apologies.
2. Smile and laugh a lot. When we're younger, we have fun, we play, and we have a carefree feeling. Tap into those feelings, they're not only reserved for children. Watch funny movies, laugh with your friends and be friendly - these things take up the space that you may be directing towards worrying, over-analyzing and regretting. Try to live in the moment and make the best of what's going on around you.
3. Emphasize your positive traits. Many of us tend to fixate on a particular physical trait or quality we don't like about ourselves. We think, "If only I didn't have this or could fix that, my life would be better." What actually makes our lives better is when we focus on our positive traits. Think of the things that make you happy and proud to be you. This could be anything from a great set of legs to how you treat your friends. The key is to access that feeling, and carry it with you, instead of wallowing and whining about what we can't change.
4. Stay in touch. Just because you're getting older doesn't mean you should stop being connected to the world and what's going on around you. Generation gaps happen when we stop paying attention to the present and future by staying stuck in the past. The bottom line is, time is not going to stop, things change, so embrace it instead of being scared or wary about it. This goes for anything from learning about technology, to getting an updated look. Stay in the game!
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