Y Is For YOUTHFUL

Next year I turn 40 and for most of the time I look around at people my own age and I don’t feel that age at all. Inside me is a 25 year old who is now re-living her misspent youth.

When I was a teenager I had a hard challenging time, like most teenagers, but I did not feel I fully lived my youth. I was also quite a shy child pre-teen and did not get to enjoy the fun and play many children did as I spent most of my time hiding or playing on my own. Now, I feel I have a new lease of life and the youthfulness is emerging as I become more my true self and I am being more and more authentic daily.

‘Youthful’ shines through the eyes as highlighted in my post on R for Radiance Here. I feel sometimes our bodies can hide out youthful state, but if we begin to allow it forward, even an aging body can’t trap your inner youth.

Nobody grows old merely by living a number of years. We grow old by deserting our ideals. Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul.                                                                                                                                                                                ~Samuel Ullman

How To Keep Youthful

  1. Never stop dreaming:

    Cultivate a habit of setting inspiring and achievable personal goals.
    Create a vision board to visually represent your dreams.

  2. Always keep learning:

    Pursue continuous education through courses, workshops, or self-directed learning.
    Challenge yourself to explore topics outside your comfort zone.

  3. Don’t watch television all day:

    Set designated time slots for TV watching to avoid excessive screen time.
    Prioritize activities that contribute to personal growth and well-being.

  4. Engage your mind daily:

    Stimulate your mind with puzzles, brainteasers, or thought-provoking literature.
    Engage in conversations that challenge your perspectives.

  5. Be more mindful and remember to smell the flowers of life:

    Practice mindfulness meditation to cultivate present-moment awareness.
    Take moments to appreciate the beauty in simple everyday experiences.

  6. Try new things regularly:

    Create a list of activities or experiences you’ve never tried and gradually explore them.
    Embrace a mindset of curiosity and openness to novel experiences.

  7. Don’t stay stuck in the same routine forever:

    Periodically reassess and adjust your daily routines to prevent monotony.
    Introduce small changes to keep life dynamic and interesting.

  8. Socialize:

    Actively seek and nurture social connections.
    Attend social events, clubs, or gatherings to meet new people.

  9. Enjoy your ‘me’ time:

    Dedicate specific time for self-reflection, relaxation, and personal hobbies.
    Prioritise self-care activities that bring joy and fulfilment.

  10. Exercise regularly even if it’s simply walking around your area:

    Incorporate physical activity into your routine, such as walking, jogging, or yoga.
    Explore various forms of exercise to find what suits your preferences.

  11. Listen to music and dance:

    Create playlists with diverse music genres to suit different moods.
    Allow yourself to dance freely, expressing emotions through movement.

  12. Trust your intuition and begin a practice of meditation:

    Develop a meditation routine to connect with your inner self.
    Pay attention to your instincts and trust your gut feelings.

  13. Question your beliefs and if they make you feel old, change them:

    Reflect on personal beliefs and assess whether they align with your current values.
    Embrace a growth mindset, allowing room for evolving perspectives.

  14. Learn to see the lines on your face as a road map of your soul, not a curse:

    Embrace the wisdom and experiences reflected in the lines on your face.
    View aging as a natural and enriching part of your life journey.

  15. Learn to embrace change and to not be devastated if something turns out differently than planned:

    Cultivate resilience by adapting positively to unexpected changes.
    Focus on the opportunities for growth and learning that come with change.

  16. Keep open to the new and possibility:

    Cultivate a mindset of openness to new ideas, experiences, and opportunities.
    Embrace the unknown with curiosity and a positive outlook.

What do you do to remain youthful?
 
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Kelly Martin, author of ‘When Everyone Shines But You’ is a dedicated writer and blogger who fearlessly explores life’s deepest questions. Faced with a decade of profound anxiety and grief following the loss of her father and her best friend Michael, Kelly embarked on a transformative journey guided by mindfulness, and she hasn’t looked back since. Through her insightful writing, engaging podcasts, and inspiring You Tube channel Kelly empowers others to unearth the hidden treasures within their pain, embracing the profound truth that they are ‘enough’ exactly as they are.

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