Tips to Reclaiming Your Zest for Life in Middle Age
As you transition through your 40s and 50s, life may not be all you imagined. As you stare into the fact of your mortality and have to cope with monumental life events, the signs of crisis can begin to form on the horizon.
Your middle age can be a time for growth and resurgence if you lay the proper groundwork. Practice these suggestions to reclaim your stamina and vitality physically and mentally during middle age.
Start Your Day Right
If your day begins with you waking up at the last minute and running to endless deadlines, give yourself a better foundation by waking 20 to 30 minutes earlier and enjoying some quiet time. A few stretches, a little reading, and positive visualization can make all the difference in your day.
Create a brain-optimizing process through physical activity to get the blood flowing and neuroplasticity exercises to help your mind perform at its peak. Focus more on the type of person you want to be than the chores you want to check off. Such aspirational goals provide a greater sense of fulfillment.
Perform Breathing Exercises
Erratic breathing throws your oxygen levels out of balance and can induce anxiety. Deep breathing helps you stay present and feel calmer. Experiment with various techniques to find ways of recentering yourself during anxious moments.
Leave Your Career and Start a Business
With age, you appreciate the need to make the most of your life. Leave an uninspiring job behind and throw yourself into a career you can be passionate about. One of the best ways to find fulfilling work is by starting your own company. Create a business plan to lay a solid foundation and choose an appropriate business structure. Forming a business entity doesn't have to be complicated. There are plenty of resources available online to help you get your business off the ground.
Adopt a Pet
Research shows that pet owners suffer less stress and experience fewer physical ailments. A furry family member can help you be more social and active as well. Find a fuzzy, feathered, or scaly friend to bring you additional companionship.
Read or Listen to Inspirational Stories
Thankfully, your struggles are not unique. Other individuals have found ways to thrive and turn their lives around, even later in life. Head to the local library, sign up for a book club, or listen to podcasts and audiobooks from inspiring people. Don't limit yourself to stories of people that think and look like you. Pick up lessons from folks of a different gender, race, nationality, economic status, and age group to expand your worldview.
End the Day With Positive Reflections
Take the positivity with which you started your day and bring it full circle with mindful reflection on your day at its close. You may not have done everything you wanted, but you can take pride in your accomplishments. Above all, bask in the good things you've achieved and the lives you've touched. Note areas where you can improve and resolve to be a little better the next day.
It can be helpful to set aside a space in your home for reflecting. This space can also serve as a great spot for meditation as well. Meditation can be a useful tool for improving your wellbeing, reducing stress, and increasing your happiness.
Whether your midlife is a boost or a bust largely depends on your goals and attitude. By taking steps like changing your morning routine, being more mindful, and starting a business, you can ensure you enjoy all the opportunities and benefits that middle age can offer.
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This guest post was written by Stephanie Haywood of firstname.lastname@example.org