Anti aging guide

Mental Attitudes Toward Aging



How the society viewed aging

Our own attitudes towards old age play a significant part in our own longevity. Many individuals, even elderly people, consider advanced age as a disadvantage instead of a positive asset. They expect old age to be a period of decrepitude and suffering instead of a period of new challenges and new experiences. Consequently, when a relatively minor illness strikes, these people think that the problem is due to old age and they don’t try to fight back. This becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy because if the illness remains untreated, it will become worse and may cause serious problems in the future.

This is particularly true in the case of disorders which are difficult to see as being a distinct disease, such as:

  • Memory loss
  • Aches and pains
  • Incontinence
  • Social isolation
  • Cantankerousness
  • General slowing down
  • Boredom

It is in these cases that we need to fight back. It is normal to be happy, pain free and disease free, even in late life, and that is what we should be aiming to achieve.

Fear of Aging

Certain American psychologists reckon that, because of our upbringing, we have an increased sensitivity towards aging. Women have been taught that success is being pretty, feminine, having smooth skin and looking after a family. So, if old age brings the opposite, then it is bad and should be avoided. Similarly, men are supposed to be strong, masculine, virile, have high-powered jobs and play competitive sports. Again, if age brings the opposite, then it must be bad and needs to be avoided.

Psychologists say that we need to counteract these thoughts if we want to come to terms with our own aging.

Accordingly, if you are a woman, meditate on ‘male’ images such as taking important decisions, being dynamic, playing male sports or driving macho cars. A man should think of ‘female’ images, such as being easily able to deal with emotions, being creative and making oneself physically attractive, especially through the use of beauty care treatments such as skin moisturizers, manicures and facials. The aim of this mental exercise is to reassert yourself as an individual and understand that being a woman does not necessarily mean having a beautiful face and being a man does not necessarily mean having an important job.

Posted by Carol Hudgens - January 25, 2012 at 3:54 pm