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Tips for becoming fearless when you’re over 50

29 November 2016 | by Halcyon

Fear can be used for two things, it can stop us from doing something or it can motivate us to move forward. The choice is yours…

I guess the question on many people’s lips is; how can I be fearless when I’m over 50? How does one move out of their comfort zone and test the waters unknown? How can we stop fearing (and fighting) aging and learn to actually embrace it? Well lets have a look at some things that could help you find your inner lion(ness).

Actually think about your age demographic
Over 50’s make up the largest demographic in the world. If you’re feeling isolated or invisible (another big issue for many people over 50, especially women), keep this in mind. We are not alone, and there are enough of us to enable our voices to be heard. There is power in numbers, and we wield a considerable amount of power, especially economic.

Sharing is caring
Women are said to be able to handle the aging process a lot better than men mainly due to the fact that we have well and truly mastered the art staying connected, relating and maintaining friendships, which means that we have outlets! By sharing your thoughts, especially the daunting ones, with other people who might be going through the same experience is very comforting and it can put your mind at ease. Delving into the world of social media should be done at a steady seed, but joining Facebook or other sites that are specifically geared to those over 50 could also offer some support.

Get uncomfortable
If you don’t try how will you ever know? Great things didn’t come from sticking to what you have always known and done, OK yes, hard work pays off, but you know what I mean. Reasons can always be found to not do something, so instead, perhaps think of all the reasons why you should do something, like… what have you got to lose?

All of us need to be in a place of “productive discomfort” as Daniel Pink, author of Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, says. He wrote, “If you’re too comfortable, you’re not productive. And if you’re too uncomfortable, you’re not productive.

Start your own club
It could be for anything, sporting, movie club, knitting, book club, you name it, a group can be created to facilitate it.
Keep it simple but stay consistent, get together once a week, allow each member of the group to share what’s been going on with them. This both alleviates boredom but also creates an environment that offers support.

Embrace who you are
This means really accepting who you are, what you do, your age and everything else in between. Again, this doesn’t mean to give up and give in. It is a very powerful concept of letting go of your younger self and embracing and loving your aging self. Treat yourself with kindness, respect, and take care of you. Body, mind and soul, as you would your children, your family and your friends.

Remember to really look after yourself, this is your time to shine and really start enjoying your time.

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