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          Quiz: Are You Obsessed with Aging?

          September 17, 2010

          Do you dread getting older? Do you do everything to fight Father Time? Answer the questions below to learn if you are overly worried about aging:

          1. Do you examine your head for gray hair and obsessively cover it with dye?
          2. Are you stressed with your perception of bags under your eyes and go to any measure to eliminate them?
          3. Do you constantly shop for the latest and best anti-aging cream?
          4. Do you worry about the wrinkles on your face?
          5. You would not consider it risky or excessive to repeat Botox treatments, especially if it made you look younger?
          6. Have you looked online for anti-aging supplements more than two times a day?
          7. Do you constantly compare your face and body to others your age and younger?
          8. Do you wear clothes that are designed for a younger set than your age group?
          9. Are you afraid of people knowing your real age?
          10. Is your greatest fear losing your memory, which is a sign of old age?

          If you answered yes to seven or more questions, you are spending a lot of energy worrying about aging.

          How To Accept Aging
          • Determine where your anxiety over aging is coming from. Maybe you have life goals not yet fulfilled. Now is the time to decide if these goals are still a priority for you. If so, take steps to make them happen. If they are not, simply accept that your goals have changed through the years. Think about and identify what your new life goals are and take steps to make them happen.
          • Give yourself credit for all that you have achieved. Whether it be career, family, volunteer work, overcoming a fear or addiction, or anything else that you've achieved or learned from, they are all experiences to feel proud of. If you don't think you've done enough with your life, then now is the time to focus on the future and tackle new challenges.
          • Talk to friends and family members who are older to see what they did to accept aging. Find out what they've experienced with aging, both good and bad. This can help ease your anxiety of the unknown and prepare you for what's ahead.
          • Read books about other people who are adjusting and learning to accept.
          • Develop a healthy way of life to more easily accept the aging process. Poor health can greatly impede an active, fulfilling lifestyle. Eat well, incorporate exercise into your daily life and develop and maintain healthy friendships and hobbies.
          • Take risks and try new things. This is what keeps life exciting and keeps you looking forward to the future, ready to accept new adventures.
          • Have fun! Travel abroad, learn to play tennis, write a book, join a club or do anything to expand your experiences and challenge yourself with each passing year to celebrate life.

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