Do you see the beautiful woman you are now? Do you see a face that you love and appreciate because of what it's done for you? Or do you only notice the signs of aging?
If you only notice the subtle (and beautiful) signs of aging, it’s worth remembering how many memories and experiences are behind those fascinating changes in your face.
The summers you spent as a lifeguard or all those days spent with your kids outside are etched into your body as well as your memory. Hours spent laughing and smiling with friends, family, colleagues and neighbors, and every raised eyebrow or thoughtful look… it’s all culminating in the magnificent canvas that is your body.
Whether you love those changes or not is a matter of perspective and how you choose to embrace the changes life brings.
At BOOM!, we truly believe age is something to celebrate. That includes celebrating your body and everything it does.
Today, we want to give you a few ways to start celebrating your body at whatever age you happen to be.
1. Put it in Perspective
By the time we reach our 50s, 60s, 70s and beyond, our bodies have done a lot for us.
Perhaps we have given birth... survived illnesses and injuries... raised children… endured decades of sun and wind... run or walked thousands of miles... cared for our loved ones... or worked tens of thousands of hours (doing everything from building careers to managing families).
When you truly consider all that your body has accomplished over the years, it becomes easier to thank your bodyfor carrying you through and to embrace all the subtle changes time, chance, circumstances and the elements have brought you.
The next time you look in the mirror and notice a scar, a stretch mark, loose skin, a new fine line or beautiful silver hair, think of it as a badge of honor. Recall the challenge associated with these visible signs of your life experience. And finally, thank your body for giving you those memories.
2. Give Yourself Love
Thanks to our culture’s negative messages about aging, many women feel they need to cover up or disguise their natural beauty to create an illusion of youth.
But those messages are only true as long as we believe in them.
So instead, spend some time admiring what makes you, you.
Consider your smile lines or brow lines and how they were formed. Admire the striking, shiny glints in your silver hair. You are beautiful and worthy of love just as you are, at every age.
Learning to love your body is a radical act of self-care.
3. Be Inspired and Inspiring
No matter your age, there is someone your age to admire.
For example, our founder, Cindy Joseph, became a silver-haired model at age 49, then she co-founded BOOM! at 61. She also inspired hundreds of thousands of women to start loving their lives at every age.
Surrounding yourself with like-minded, pro-age women like this is a fantastic way to start embracing what your body has done, and will do, at every stage of life.
Right now, think of three women in your life that are an inspiration to you at this age. Or if you can’t think of any, you can find dozens of inspiring women here on our blog.
Consider what inspires you about those women you selected and how you can invite that spirit into your own life (if you haven’t already).
4. Treat Yourself
If there’s one message getting attention in the last few years it’s the importance of consistent and meaningful self-care.
Whether that’s getting a massage (or giving yourself one), taking time away to recharge, eating well, meditating, exercising or finding your own means of self-care, it’s even more important as your body evolves and changes with time.
Consider what makes you feel loved, cared for, pampered, rested and recharged and do it. Then—keep on doing it. You are so very worthy of care and attention.
Caring for your body is one way you can honor and appreciate what it’s done and continues to do for you.
Just as you might host a party to celebrate a friend’s birthday or accomplishments, or to demonstrate gratitude for someone, you can recognize and show love for yourself the same way.
Plan a party to celebrate you. Your party can be with a dozen of your closest friends, your best friend, your partner or just with yourself. The point is to take time to really treasure and appreciate your life and your body.
At BOOM!, we especially love celebrating birthdays. It’s a wonderful way to acknowledge and appreciate everything you’ve accomplished so far and all the ways that age has made you more—not less. It’s also an amazing opportunity to look forward to what’s coming next.
But if your birthday isn’t soon, there’s no need to wait. Host a celebration. Make it a time to celebrate all the ways your existence has made life better for others, what you’ve accomplished, and how it all plays out in your life and body.
When you celebrate your amazing self, you’re helping to spread the pro-age message and create a world that loves and values age and all it brings. We love that.
What do you do to celebrate your body? What will you thank your body for today?