Retarders of old age
Age is a very relative concept. This is not about your chronological age, which no one can change. This applies primarily to your biological and psychological age. They both depend on you.
You may have noticed that some older people are very energetic and positive. They live a bright and eventful life. Many of them travel the world and enjoy every moment of life. But many young people live boring and monotonous lives. They are busy with work problems and daily household chores. Life does not bring them joy and satisfaction.
Now answer the question: “whose life is more diverse and attractive?” In fact, age is not a decisive factor in determining your lifestyle. It all depends on your thoughts, capabilities, and ability to perform certain actions. You can be a young guy or a girl but have absolutely no desire to have fun and get joy from each new day. So, it’s not you that depends on your age but your age depends on you. Do you want to know how to feel young and full of energy even after 60? Then continue reading this article.
There is nothing easier than determining the chronological age: you only need to open your passport and see the date of birth. However, the “passport” and biological age of most people differ. What can we say about the psychological age – it can not only differ from the first two, but also challenge them.
Psychological age is a person’s self-perception and self-awareness, his behavior and his internal state. Together, all this greatly affects the biological age. In other words, the way we perceive and feel ourselves largely determines our health, our activity, and our appearance.
So what allows some women to stay young at 60 and others to become “aunts” at 23?
“Genetics are very important,” say researchers of the phenomenon of centenarians. “But a healthy lifestyle is more important” – say statistics and life experience. “Argue as much as you like,” who might say – ” but the fact remains that humanity as a whole is living longer, so it’s time to recognize changes in the age classification.”
According to the latest who data, today the so-called “young age” lasts from 25 to 44 years. So if you are 40 and you are called a “girl”, do not be embarrassed – everything is according to the classification! Further, from 44 to 60 years, the modern person is in middle age, from 60 to 75 years-in the elderly, and only at the age of 75 — 90 years old age comes. Those who are over 90 — who calls centenarians.
These colossal shifts in chronological age have occurred literally over the past 100-200 years, because even at the beginning of the XIX century, a man or woman at 35-40 years old was considered to be very old. And, of course, this affected self-perception, lifestyle, and behavior.
But does today’s lengthening of chronological life mean an automatic extension of psychological and biological youth? Not always. Staying young in mind and body at 60 is primarily hindered by our psychology, internal attitudes and attitude to life.
Markers of psychological old age
The main hypothesis, which has spent billions of dollars on research, says: it is the brain that determines the speed of our aging. Nature has ordered that the form is maintained by the organism for which this form is really important.
What does it mean? At the beginning of life, the brain is very busy: it learns the world, helps a person to know himself, find his place, understand the laws of life. The whole body is involved in these processes and works at the limit of its capabilities.
But as soon as the world becomes uninteresting to you, as soon as you stop asking questions, learning, expanding your competence, learning, as soon as you isolate yourself from all sorts of activities-then old age begins.
Over ways to counteract biological old age, the symptoms of which are well-known, the best minds of mankind are struggling and not without success. Psychological old age also has clear, though not so obvious, markers and its own “retarders”.
1. Relationships with time
The first sign of psychological old age is the feeling that the most important, interesting, exciting events in your life occurred in the past. That nothing important will happen in the future and you should not start anything. Psychologically, an old person lives with memories, a young person lives with plans. In the West, it is customary to go to University at the age of 50 or even 60, start a new business, learn to dance, plan amazing trips and lead an active sexual life. And, of course, for all this, you need to be healthy, energetic and attractive, that is, to maintain biological youth! And if there is such a need, the brain commands the body to stay in shape!
In our country, I have heard from a 30-year-old client that she “will live and so”, because she was abandoned by a man and she will not meet another. Pessimism, a sense of hopelessness, lack of plans, endless grinding of memories – all these are markers of psychological old age and its catalysts.
Accordingly, to prolong psychological youth, the first recipe is to make plans, live in the future and strive to develop. Being optimistic about your future, that is, believing that a lot of good and important things in life are still ahead of you, is critical to staying young.
2. Attitude to your limitations
Psychologically, the young man believes in his own strength and capabilities. He understands that all the beautiful and important things that can be realized in life are his sphere of influence, the extent of which depends only on the desire of the subject and the choice of ways of action. Psychological old age, on the contrary, is very associated with a sense of limitation and self-pity: “I will never be able to dive 100 meters or jump with a parachute – the forces are not the same!”. However, the point is that young people do not need to be young! You should not pretend that you are 20, if you are 50, and overexert your body physically.
Excess is stress, and stress is the main factor in aging. Yes, we do have a lot more physical limitations over the years, but they are only related to our biological age. Admitting this, psychologically, the young man argues: “Yes, I can not do what I could in 20. But I now have so many new features, abilities, and abilities!”.
To discover new opportunities, new joys inherent in this particular period of life, to treat the body’s resources wisely, to listen sensitively to your needs and limitations – these are the settings that prolong psychological youth for decades.
Set yourself difficult creative tasks, “shake up” your neurons, learn languages, travel, do all possible sports: it is proven that with age, creative efficiency increases and in some areas you can easily surpass yourself 20-year-old!
3 . Degree of emotional competence development
Another marker of youth associated with a developed brain and the ability to quickly adapt to stressful situations is emotional competence.We are talking about our ability to control our emotions, “not to cheat ourselves”, to create meaningful emotional connections with others, to see the good in the world around us and not to lose our sense of humor.
In other words, emotional competence is our ability to take the place of other people, feel gratitude, and calmly endure different life situations. Modern science and millennial wisdom have proven that grateful and happy people live longer and look more beautiful. This is due to a number of hormonal and neurochemical processes that cause specific mobility of facial muscles and skin structure: cheerful and grateful people have different facial expressions, they have different facial folds, they have fewer wrinkles, which are commonly called “senile”!
In short, plan and open new pages in your life, believe in yourself and make full use of the available resource, learn to manage emotions, thank for what you have and enjoy life. These rules are always relevant and guaranteed to prolong psychological, and therefore biological youth and give fullness of life.