Listen to some “oldies but goodies.” Music is a great rejuvenator. Put on some favorite tunes from your teenage years. Sing and dance along freely and unencumbered. Remember what it felt like to let the music take over your mind and body. Studies have shown that music actually releases endorphins that can stimulate a positive mood.
Eat some favorite foods from childhood. What were the meals you loved best as a child? They are probably still favorites today… or would be if you ate them again. They may also bring up memories of sharing laughs and stories at the table with family and friends. So make some old favorites and let them reawaken the child who loved them so much. Of course, it is still vitally important to stick to diet restrictions related to any health concerns you may have today.
Aren’t there days when you can’t believe how quickly time has gone by? Don’t you sometimes say “how did I get this old this fast?” Aging has a way of creeping up on us in a way that can be surprisingly surprising.
It should be obvious as time passes by that we are indeed getting older, but aging is often much more about the body than it is about the mind and spirit. But that is one of the positives about the aging process. Many of the great things about youth do not have to change the older we get. It is possible to be silly and playful and enthusiastic and optimistic no matter how old you are. It is possible to enjoy life at any age.
There will always be challenging aspects of older age, but finding ways to reconnect with those eternal feelings of exuberance and joy so obvious in youth can help. Bringing them to the surface and experiencing them once again can be rejuvenating and can help make later years easier and more enjoyable.
Here are a few things you can do to revisit your youth and reignite those feelings that never have to age. Approach them without letting nostalgia make you pine for the past. Tackle them in a way that helps you recapture the youthful feelings they inspire.
Pull out the old photo albums. There’s nothing quite like flipping through old photos when it comes to connecting with the past. So many stepping stones and major life events are captured right there before your eyes. The people, places, and things that made up your world at any point in time are documented in images you can look at and enjoy whenever you want to do so. Take a good look at each photo and challenge yourself to remember what was going on around you, how you felt, and the people who were there.
Watch old TV shows. Remember the shows from your youth that made you laugh and/or forget everything for a while. Well, they still can. Lots of old shows are available via the Internet through streaming services and most can be purchased on DVDs or borrowed from the library. And today you can watch a whole season in one sitting if you want to, instead of having to wait a week in between each episode like we had to in days gone by.
Hang out with old friends. If you have ever attended a high school reunion, you know how easy it is to fall right back into the relationships and mindsets you enjoyed way back when. The years seem to melt away and you see yourself and those around you like you were in your teens. So call up some old friends and have dinner together. Better yet, make plans to see each other on a regular basis.