If you're like most women, you've come to dread getting older...
and it seems that the first "aging" milestone starts at 30. At 30, your life has just begun, and yet women are lead to believe that our biological clock is now ticking, or that gravity starts to have an effect on our bodies at "x" age. The truth is we've been "aging" ever since we got on this planet. We keep hearing that "studies show" our metabolism slows down, or that we can't learn a new language after 20. It's hard to know where we even got this information or who it was that made us believe these facts that don't have to be true. Some of these cultural memes and sterotypes have been around so long that we don't even know which came first, the belief or the proof.
As a Mother-Daughter team, we wanted to share an amazing perspective from another fantastic Mother-Daughter duo, Christiane and Kate Northrup. Dr. Christiane Northrup is one of our role models when it comes to women's health and we love her ability to break through stereotypes and beliefs we have as women when it comes to "getting older".
We wanted to share this video with you to start a conversation. The limiting beliefs we hold about what we're supposed to be like at "x" age and the thoughts we think around age can really be holding us back. I challenge you to think about yourself differently. What would happen if you forgot how old you were? Would you start windsurfing or change careers? How many beliefs do you hold that are related to age?
WHO MADE UP THE RULES?
Who was it that decided that as we enter our "ageless" years (as Dr. Christiane Northrup likes to call it) we have to "act our age". How come we're supposed to cut our hair short, and take up knitting? Obviously there's nothing wrong with knitting, but why is there this expectation that we have to slow down, or become more sedentary. What you expect is what you get, and if we expect to feel tired and have a lack of energy or that we'll experience cognitive decline or more aches and pain, guess what?! You're probably gonna start feeling all these symptoms!
It's because as a culture, this is what we've come to expect. We've seen countless people experience these symptoms or lack of health, and we don't have enough good role models to show that you don't have to decline as you age. I've started to notice there are many, many excellent role models that prove as we get older, we can have a rich and fulfilling life.
For example, my 91 year old grandmother (pictured center) is an excellent role model for not slowing down. I often can't even keep up with her, she's always on the move, hardly slowing down for me. Sometimes I think she maybe should, but again that's a stereotype I've come to believe. She found new love at 83 and feel deeply in love after becoming widowed over a decade prior. She even bought a convertible to drive around the streets of Miami! I've been lucky to be able to have such a perfect example of how to enjoy life at any age.
The key to "ageless" beauty is to find products that keep your skin healthy. Your skin will glow when you give it what it wants! Moisture is key, along with antioxidants and ingredients that will help to produce collagen.
It's probably time to get rid of the products that are doing no favors to your skin and body. These include products with parabens, or moisturizers with petroleum or mineral oil or harsh cleansers that strip your skin.
It'll feel so much better knowing that you're not using products that contain harmful ingredients that can enter your bloodstream and wreck havoc.
Most of all, just be easy about it! If you're like most women, you've done enough worrying and stressing for a lifetime! True beauty and ageless living happens when you stop worrying, start enjoying and just sipping the nectar out of life!
Feel free to reach out to us on Facebook if you have more thoughts on ageless living. We'd like to start a conversation and need your perspective!