To love and to celebrate your body means to celebrate love for your body and accept it as it is and for all the amazing things it can do. For a long time, we’ve all been programmed to aspire to the idealized version of beauty presented in magazines and pop culture. Trillions of dollars in advertising have been spent trying to convince us that we need to look a sure way to be considered attractive and that we need various beauty products, exercise equipment, and surgical procedures.
To be beautiful means to be yourself.
How do you see yourself in the mirror?
“Outward beauty is easy to become obsessed with in our society. I haven’t always had inner confidence. I haven’t always looked at my reflection & loved it because there was always something I wanted to fix because someone always looked better. This journey was about finding something beautiful inside of me & knowing that I own it. & it’s unique & rare.”
— Jessica Simpson
Let’s celebrate ourselves and our bodies at whatever age we are!
1. Looking through different glass
By the time we reach our 50s, 60s, 70s, and beyond, our bodies have done a lot for us.
When you truly consider all that, your body has accomplished over the years, it becomes easier to thank your body for 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. Cherish yourself with 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 valid if 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 an inspiration
No matter your age, there is someone your age to admire.
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 who inspire you at this age. Or, if you cannot 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 have not already).
4. Care and celebrate!
Consistent and meaningful self-care is essential if one message gets attention in the last few years.
Whether getting a massage (or giving yourself one), taking time away to recharge, eating well, meditating, exercising, or finding your self-care means, it is even more critical as your body evolves and changes with time.
Consider what makes you feel loved, cared for, pampered, rested, 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 has done and continues to do for you.
5. Be happy
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, best friends, partners, or just yourself. The point is to take time to treasure and appreciate your life and your body.
We especially love celebrating birthdays, and it is a beautiful way to acknowledge and appreciate everything you have accomplished so far and all the way that age has made you more—not less. It is also a fantastic opportunity to look forward to what is coming next.
But if your birthday is not soon, there is no need to wait. Host a celebration. Make it a time to celebrate how your existence has made life better for others, what you have accomplished, and how it all plays out in your life and body.
When you celebrate your unique self, you are helping to spread the pro-age message and create a world that loves and values age and all it brings. We love that.
You’ve done so well. I wouldn’t be able to do it without you.
What do you do to celebrate your body?
What will you thank your body for today?
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