This post is made possible with support from AARP’s Disrupt Aging®. All opinions are my own.
Mid-life changes happen to all of us. I’m smack in the middle of mid-life, and I’ve experienced all kinds of changes. That being said, I haven’t experienced some of the things that I thought I would.
Over the years, I’ve always heard horror stories of aging, and how drastically it would affect my body. Sure, some things have changed, but some things haven’t.
I think that’s because the women who came before me didn’t have access to some of the health and beauty treatments that I do today. Aging has not been as terrible as I thought it would be!
My younger days – 30 years old!
This is why I’m excited to tell you about a roundtable on beauty and aging.
It’s brought to you by SeeMe Beauty and Disrupt Aging® focusing on an open, honest conversation about the changes women go through as we age.
Mid-Life Changes Aren’t as Scary as You Think
The stories I heard over the years made me dread getting older. Hot flashes, memory loss, dry skin, flaky skin, dull hair – the list goes on and on.
The fact that I would basically fall apart after about 30 years old was drilled into me over the years. It wasn’t so much that the women in my life outright said, “You will stop being you when you get older”.
It was more just hearing them talk about their lives and joking about how the young girls were in for a surprise when they got older. It was horrifying.
When I got closer and closer to the dreaded 30s, I began to wonder which part of me would start breaking down first. I found myself thinking of my body as a car about to lose its warranty. No!
As I got older, I did begin to see some changes of course. No one goes through aging unscathed, but I found that the changes weren’t as severe or as horrifying as I thought.
My aging days – in my 60s
Sure, I gained some weight, but honestly, I should be better about exercising. I do, however, have learned to find time to pamper myself more.
Yes, I have a few wrinkles, but who doesn’t? Hot flashes are not fun, but I never thought I would melt.
My point is that there are a lot of misconceptions out there about mid-life changes, and I found that the more women I talked to, the more I realized that these changes are manageable
Talk About Your Changes
The other thing I found out about changes in our mid-life over the years, is that there is a significant portion of the female population that doesn’t want to talk about them.
I think that’s where the fear and misinformation about mid-life changes come from. Things will change for us as we age, but if we’re open and honest about them, we can handle them.
Friends, family, and in some cases, our physicians can help us navigate the changes that our bodies go through during our transition to middle-age.
Myths about aging and breaking the taboo surrounding the physical and mental changes we go through as we age are key to aging better.
When we have frank discussions about aging and how it affects our minds, hormones, skin, hair – really, every part of us – we are better prepared to do what we need to do to make the aging process one that we simply navigate rather than fear.
Join the Roundtable on November 19
On November 19, 2020, SeeMe and AARP Disrupt Aging® will be hosting a roundtable focusing on a frank discussion about beauty and aging.
From 5:30 to 6:30 PM ET, leading scientists and experts gathered by Procter and Gamble and real women will discuss mid-life changes and everything that comes with them.
The event will be hosted by Michelle Lee, editor in chief of Allure, and will be squarely focused on an authentic dialogue about the lives we as women lead.
I’m excited about this event, and I hope you’ll join me. You can register here for this free round table discussion about mid-life changes here. I hope you’ll attend!
Now tell me what has happened as you’ve aged? Have you experienced physical, mental, or emotional changes? Let’s talk about it in the comments!