As a new year approaches, many of us set goals and resolutions to take better care of ourselves. One common concern I hear from my clients is about their aging faces and necks.
How can I slow down the aging process?
How can I get rid of my wrinkles?
Two common questions I often hear.
In 5 months, I’ll be 40. And guess what? Like the rest of the aging population, I have signs of aging, too, like these laugh lines shown in the photo above.
The beauty industry pushes us to feel horrible about ourselves when it comes to aging.
We allow this to happen.
We succumb to it.
We look down on ourselves and feel insecure because of something that’s biologically, 100% normal and completely impossible to avoid.
So, here are some questions for you…
- When you see these wrinkles on my face, do you think less of me?
- Do you think that because I’m getting some wrinkles, that means I must not understand the skin?
- Do these wrinkles change your opinion about me?
I’m going to guess you answered no to all of these questions.
In fact, these questions might even sound a bit silly, right?
But here’s the thing… if my aging face doesn’t change the way you think of me, why do you allow a wrinkle on your face to change the way you feel about yourself? Why do you allow aging to have any part in your level of self worth?
Aging is inevitable. Whether we like it or not, we’re going to age. It’s biology. The human body ages. We have to stop allowing the beauty industry to make us feel crummy about ourselves for such unrealistic reasons.
But what too many women end up doing is going and getting Botox (no judgment if you’ve done that – this email is simply for education). They get fillers. They take unhealthy supplements. And yet what those companies don’t tell you is that these are a temporary fix. And that filling your body with neurotoxins and synthetic ingredients will actually accelerate your aging even more in the long run.
Aging gracefully absolutely is possible, but it’s not as simple as applying a magical cream to your face, or injecting synthetic ingredients into your body.
Here are some helpful tips for aging gracefully:
Heal and Nourish Your Nervous System.
Living a stressful life in fight or flight mode will age you faster than anything. Chronic stress weakens your immune system, breaks down collagen and elastin, and weakens your digestive system.
Eat a Diet of Mostly Fruits and Vegetables.
Don’t fear fruit, it’s not the same sugar as refined sugar. In fact, your brain needs the sugar from fruit in order to function optimally.
Water helps flush out toxins and cellular waste from your cells. This is very vital.
Avoid Toxins as Much as Possible.
Toxins cause inflammation, which can lead to accelerated aging as well as illness and disease. Living a holistic lifestyle is the best way to do this.
Love, Care For and Nurture Yourself.
Seek activities that bring you joy.
Remember to Have Fun.
Your nervous system and inner child will thank you.
Massage Your Face.
Self Massage increases the flow of blood and lymph and to stimulate collagen and elastin. This helps an aging face better than any “anti-aging” product you could ever apply.
Acknowledge and Honour Your Uncomfortable Emotions and Feelings.
What we ignore emotionally will surface physically. Our society has a tendency to push negative feelings down and ignore them, but this isn’t good for our mental health or our physical health.
As the new year approaches, try to love and accept yourself exactly as you are. The beauty industry is manufactured and full of insecurity. You are not! Do not ever give them permission to make you feel less than you are.
Sending you an abundance of love, health and happiness!