As you head into your late 40s you may start notice physical and mental changes that you hadn’t expected. As you continue to age, you’ll continue to discover changes you weren’t prepared for. Aging gracefully is what everyone aspires to do. Yet, as these changes occur you may become sad or even a bit cranky. Luckily, not all changes from aging are bad, but that doesn’t make up for the unwanted effects of aging. Here are a few of the things you might not be prepared for, and ways to prevent or embrace them!
1. Reading glasses are all of a sudden a constant need. You find that you need a pair in every room, in your car, and in your purse or pocket. You may even start hanging a pair on a string around your neck. You simply can’t be without readers anymore as your nearsightedness diminishes. Accessorize with some cool reader designs.
2. Toenails sometimes start looking strange. When did this happen? Maybe your nails or toenails have become thicker and even have changed to a dull yellow tint. Plus, bending down to take care of your nails isn’t so easy anymore. This is a great time to treat yourself to a pedicure.
3. Sleep can become sporadic. You might find yourself waking up really early and not being able to fall back to sleep. So, you just become a morning person. You may also find that you need a short nap around 4 p.m. to restart your engine. Give yourself permission to take a cat nap or go to sleep earlier.
4. Facial hair increases and becomes course. This is especially true for women who have big shifts in hormones. This is a good excuse for a trip to the salon to be waxed and pampered.
5. Bumps are growing all over your body. It is normal to have an increase in moles and skin tags as you age, especially as you get into your 60s. It’s important to see your dermatologist and let them know about any concerns.
6. Belly fat just sort of shows up one day in the form of a muffin top. Where did THAT come from? Even if your appetite hasn’t increased, you still might have a growing belly. This is pretty common but can be combatted with a decrease in unhealthy eating and an increase in exercise.
7. Fear of things you were never fearful of before start taking hold. Some of this is due to a change in equilibrium and agility. You may find that you aren’t as comfortable with heights, or have feelings of occasional claustrophobia. You don’t have to combat this. Do what’s comfortable and ask for help if you need it.
8. Wisdom is making you less stressed, which is a good thing. You have been around a long time and have weathered many things. You may actually be calmer than your younger counterparts during business meetings or when faced with tough situations like a natural disaster.
9. Patience can improve, too. What’s the rush? As you age you may be better equipped to ride things out. You already know that stuff happens that you have no control over and it usually turns out ok.
10. Alcohol tolerance decreases. While this might mean you get a little tipsy in a shorter amount of time with less consumption, it also means you need to pay attention to how you feel when you are drinking and compensating by not drinking as much.
Aging isn’t all bad. Yes, some changes are annoying. But, some of the signs of aging may not be that negative. You are seasoned, mindful, and likely more present as you age. This can have a positive impact on your level of stress and overall quality of life. Take care by continuing to exercise wisely, eat healthy, and stay engaged socially.